Joel had the rare opportunity to rock with the Rolling Boil Blues Band Lite at this year’s Bluesapalooza in Mammoth Lakes! Accompanying Tom Dalldorf from Celebrator Beer News, Joel played keyboards and sang background vocals at this outdoor beer festival.
For underwater image-makers, Little Cayman provides the perfect setting for wide-angle shooting with its far-as-the-eye-can-see visibility, healthy walls and reefs and friendly marine subjects. Using a circular fisheye lens gives the viewer an ultra-wide perspective of 180 degrees, a fun and different way to view the underwater world.
- Commercial fishing boat, Madeira, illegally fishing the protected waters of Revillagigedo Islands. Roca Partida is shown nearby.
- Massive nets of the Madeira tuna seiner.
Joel and Jen recently returned from their first visit to the Revillagigedo Islands, also known as Socorro, aboard the Solmar V. This is a protected area in the Pacific Ocean, 200+ miles southwest of Cabo San Lucas. Currently, the Revillagigedo Islands are being considered for UNESCO World Heritage Site status. This is a bucket-list dive destination for most avid scuba divers and underwater photographers for the big animal encounters that are possible here. While diving Roca Partida, one of the four of the islands that comprise this archipelago, they DID NOT expect to see a commercial fishing boat setting its nets very near Roca Partida, and well within the protected area that surrounds Revillagigedo.
Immediately pulling anchor after a dive, the captain of the Solmar V and his crew motored toward the commercial fishing boat, alerting them of their illegal actions. All guests were rightly upset that this brazen, illegal fishing is occurring in a well-known protected area. While there are many socio-economic reasons why this illegal activity continues, if there is hope to preserve our oceans and planet for future generations, this illegal activity must end with those responsible held accountable for their actions.
Jennifer Penner recently wrote a short article, accompanied by wide-angle images, sharing her and Joel’s experience visiting and photographing Raja Ampat, Indonesia for the very first time. Read about their trip, and why they can’t wait to return to this lush and vibrant marine biodiverse place!
In the May 2016 issue of Sport Diver magazine, Joel and Jen have a few of their underwater images featured.
The image for Rolling in the Shallow was taken on Grand Cayman at Stingray Bandbar. The black and white image and the smaller sidebar image were selected by the magazine to support Dr. Alex Mustard’s underwater photography column where he shareshis techniques and tips for better underwater images. These are from the cenotes in the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico.
In Cenderawasih Bay, in the Bird’s Head Seascape region of Indonesia, a small group of whale sharks reside. Observing these behemoth fish can assist scientists in learning more about these gentle giants. The BHS website now has a feature whereby a whale shark lover can report a sighting of an already ID’d whale shark or upload a photo of a potentially new whale shark to the region.
New website launch for TSI-RCI! Updated look, improved user experience and responsive design.
Zen Underwater, manufacturer of glass dome ports and other accessories for underwater image-makers, has a new website, featuring one of Jennifer’s images from the cenotes on the home page. Both Joel and Jen use Zen Underwater glass domes for their underwater imaging, a vital part of their underwater photography gear.