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Sharks of Raja Ampat: Underwater Photo Gallery
Shark species in Raja Ampat range from the ultra-rare tasselled wobbegong to lightning-quick schools of baby black tip reef sharks crusing the reefs in search of an easy meal. The presence of these apex predat…
Clown Fish in Raja Ampat: Underwater Photo Gallery
Raja Ampat is full of clown fish. Technically, it's full of all sorts of fish, but I think we saw at least one anemone fish on every dive during twelve days of exploring Raja Ampat with the Seven Seas. Some un…
Corals in Raja Ampat: Underwater Photo Gallery
Raja Ampat is home to more than 500 species of coral (75% of all varieties known worldwide), and the greater Bird's Head Seascape is the most biodiverse place in the world. Diving here is mind-blowing, even …
Big Fish, Blue Water: A Raja Ampat Dive Gallery
Tunas, trevally, barracudas, and swirling schools of silver jacks - we found an amazing variety of larger fish species cruising the underwater ecosystems of Raja Ampat. During our twelve day voyage with the …
Schools of Fish in Raja Ampat: Wide Angle Gallery
On many of our dives in Raja Ampat, we found shimmering walls of schooling fish - far too many to take in with a normal lens. Trying to do justice to the experience of swimming around the world's best aquarium,…
Sardines in Raja Ampat: Schools of Fish Gallery
Every year across Indonesia, enormous schools of silversided minnows congregate around the reefs to feed on upwellings of plankton. These huge concentrations of baitfish in turn attract larger predator species …
Manta Diving in Komodo National Park
Drawn by the swift currents and upwellings of chilly, nutrient-rich water, the experience of diving with mantas in Komodo was a huge highlight of our Seven Seas trip in July / August 2017. Known by scientist…
Living Like a Pirate on the Seven Seas in Komodo
Growing up, my younger brother and I used to listen to a dramatized version of 'Treasure Island' on long car trips with our family. Between the story of Long John Silver and the 'Pirates of the Caribbean' ride …
Mentawai Underwater Waves Photo Gallery
Watching waves underwater has always fascinated me. The incredible explosion of water and air, the amazing way the light is bent by the curving ocean. The only problem is that in most surf spots, the wate…
Mentawai Surf Photos: Perfect Waves at Togat Nusa
I've dreamed about visiting and surfing the Mentawai Islands ever since I arrived in Indonesia ten years ago. So when the invitation came up from Togat Nusa Retreat I jumped at the chance to spend ten days o…
Best Photos of 2015: A Year of Adventure Travel
Spent the last day of 2015 looking back through the highlights of one of the most productive years I've ever had exploring the world with a camera. From more than 20,000 photos taken this year, this gallery in…
ISLANDS Magazine Apo Island – Get Here Feature
ISLANDS Magazine ran my shot of the beautiful lagoon on Apo Island as a double page spread in their February 2015 issue as their 'Get Here' destination. Scrambling to the top of Apo Island's iconic 'Boluarte R…
Best Photos of 2014: A Year of Travel in Pictures
Hard to believe how fast 2014 went by, but it seems as things get more and more busy, the faster time seems to pass. So many highlights from this past year, I've cut them down to just the very best of the best.…
Things to Do in Bali: Island Travel Photo Gallery
Consistently ranked one of the best islands in the world, Bali is the most magical place I’ve ever visited. Combining a centuries-old traditional Hindu culture framed by an epic backdrop of best surfing wave…
Best of 2013 Gallery: The Year in Photos
Ten years ago this month I was packing my bags for the adventure of a lifetime in the Philippines. That Peace Corps assignment in Dumaguete turned out to be just the beginnning of what has become my dream job…
Dawnie at Shipwrecks: Lembongan Surf Photos
I can see why a lot of surfers who come to Bali are intimidated by the breaks at nearby Nusa Lembongan. With names like Shipwrecks, Lacerations, and Racers (usually pronounced 'Razors'), it sounds like you're s…
Uluwatu Outside Corner: Bali Sunset Surf Photos
What's the quickest way for first-time surfers to get in trouble in Bali? They'll ask their taxi driver where the best wave in Bali is. The answer? Uluwatu. Yeah, technically the cabbie is right but Ulu is a lo…
Bali Day Trip to Lembongan Island
I read recently that something like 90% of the tourism in Bali happens within a ten-kilometer radius of the airport. Pretty ridiculous when you think how many amazing spots on the island are well outside that s…
Top Chef Indonesia: Will Meyrick of Mama San Bali
Indonesia 'Top Chef' judge Will Meyrick has created two of the most iconic restaurants in Asia - Sarong and Mama San in Bali. Combining the best flavors and spices of the region, Meyrick has created an array of…
Waves Get Destroyed, Everyone’s Happy
Can't remember which surf brand has the 'destroy waves, not beaches' tagline, but on this day at Bingin they should have had some product placement on Agus from Bali's Bukit. If it was Rip Curl who used that li…
Bali’s Most Dangerous Wave?
Just like most mountains have a double black diamond ski slope, Bali is home to some waves that are too dangerous for most surfers to even paddle out. This gallery includes some highlights shooting at Bali's in…
Sunset Waves at Padang Padang in Bali
The wave at Padang Padang beach on Bali's Bukit peninsula has long been known as the 'Bali pipeline', named after the epicenter of global big wave surfing on Hawaii's North Shore. During the southern hemisphere…
Low Tide Grinders at Bali’s Bingin Beach
Backlit waves on Bali's west coast give off an amazing green glow in the late afternoon sun. This gallery of surf photos covers the best shots from an early August 2012 session with Agus and the Bingin locals p…
Grey Days, Great Waves: Bali Surf Photos
Grey skies aren't my favorite lighting conditions for surf photos, but as they say, variety is the spice of life. This collection includes some of my favorite shots from an afternoon of shooting with Agus and T…
High Noon Surf on Bali’s Bukit
'You're not the only one, staring at the sun...' Yeah, I guess Bono had it right when he was writing those lyrics. Doubt he was talking about surf photography, but staring into the sun when you're trying to sho…
Bali Blue Barrels at Bingin Beach
Some days everything comes together and you know something really cool is going to happen. Give me a blue bird day at one of Bali's most beautiful beaches, a perfect swell rolling in from the west, and a crew o…
Glassy Perfection in Bali: Surf Photo Gallery
Whatever it is about waves and the camera, they always look best when they're glassy. Not jagged and sharp like a broken bottle, we're talking about the smooth, polished perfection of mirror glass. Just imagine…
The Need for Speed: Bali Surf Gallery
Slow down the shutter when a surfer is speeding by on one of Bali's best barrels and you get interesting results. This gallery covers some of the highlights from a very speedy afternoon of barrels and backlit w…
Blue Skies, Beautiful Blue Waves at Padang Padang
A nice swell at Padang Padang beach in Bali is always an event. Dinner plans are cancelled, meetings rescheduled, laundry left outside to hang for another day. You never know exactly when one is going to hit, b…
Golden Hour at Bali’s Barrel Rodeo
Perfect waves arrive at Bali's southern beaches usually about once every seven to ten days. But the swell is just one factor - you still need a good tide (which varies from surf break to surf break), you need a…
Perfect Day for the Beach at Bingin
Nothing much better than a beautiful beach in Bali and a perfect Indian Ocean swell rolling over the western horizon. This gallery covers the highlights of an amazing afternoon of shooting surf photos at Bingin…
Bali Surf Video: Perfect Barrels on the Bukit
We've just had our first big swell of 2011--last Wednesday kicked it off and things didn't get quiet until today (Tuesday). My New Year's resolution this year is to put down the surf board more often and pic…
Bali Surf Photographer Interview: Surfing In Jeans
Bali Surf Photography Interview at 'Surfing in Jeans' Last week I did a fun short interview with the guys from the 'Surfing in Jeans' website about surf photography and life in Bali. If you want to check out t…
Dumaguete Buglasan Rodeo: Palm Trees & Cowboy Hats
Standing next to the dusty corral I thought to myself if I blurred my eyes and couldn't see the palm trees I might think I was back in Montana instead of Dumaguete. As a part of the provincial Buglasan Festival…
Live Music at Hayahay: Frying Nemo Plays Dumaguete
After two months of playing and practicing around Dumaguete, Frying Nemo was starting to gain some momentum, although at the end of August Steve De neef our lead guitarist had to return to his home in Belgium t…
Snorkeling the Apo Island Marine Sanctuary
It's always great to have visitors from home stop by, and in July my friend/mentor/former boss Kenny Mendez from Trout Unlimited came over to the Philippines with his family to visit relatives on the island of …
Scuba Safari from Dumaguete to Apo Island
Before our friend Noriko, a JICA volunteer from Japan assigned to help teach new pottery methods to local people in Dumaguete, returned home we planned a group dive to go to Apo. It was a trip just for the day,…
Dumaguete Santacruzan Parade: Wanna Be Famous?
At one of the provincial tourism meetings I've attended in Dumaguete I was asked to be an escort for Santacruzan Parade in May. I was surprised to be invited, so I said "yes" right away. After getting my tradit…
From Dumaguete to Apo Island: Scuba Getaway
After a visit to the Balicasag Marine Sanctuary in Bohol, Kris and Kristen came over to Dumaguete to see Apo Island's famous marine sanctuary. Their friend Emily from back home was traveling through SE Asia, so…
Perfect Conditions at Apo Island’s Coconut Point
After two great dives in the Balicasag Marine Sanctuary, Kris and Kristen wanted to compare it with Apo Island. They had heard a lot about Apo, but hadn't had a chance to visit there yet. As it turned out their…
24 Hours in Dumaguete: Exploring the Gentle City
After leaving Palawan, Preston and I headed back to my Peace Corps site in Dumaguete. It was fun to show him around some of the highlights of the town here since he's the first family visitor, and I had to make…
Scuba Diving Apo Island During the Peak Season
Our first stop in Dumaguete when my brother Preston came to visit was Apo Island. He wanted to experience some of the best diving the Philippines has to offer, and to me Apo is the best place that I've ever bee…
Sea Kayaking Palawan: El Nido to Monkey Point
After our adventure to Dilumacad Island, Preston and I decided to paddle around in Kris and Kristen's bangka boat for an afternoon without the gear that we took on the overnight trip. We pointed the little craf…
Diving El Nido: Scuba Diving Day Trip In Palawan
Preston and I decided to start off the visit to El Nido with a dive trip. Barely 24 hours after he had arrived in the country, we were suited up with scuba gear and underwater to see the different varieties of …
Experiencing Apo Island Life at Liberty’s Resort
Since my friend Steve is the first visitor from home I've had to my site in Dumaguete, I wanted to be sure he had good things to say about the place when he got back to the States. Apo Island is pretty much my …
Bangkok Temple Tour: Chao Phraya River to Wat Pho
Even if you're too cool to be a tourist, a visit to Bangkok wouldn't be the same without at least a quick stopover to see one of the many historic buddhist temples (wats). Wat Pho is my favorite because of the …
Bangkok Snake Farm: It’s Random But Worth It?
At first glance the Bangkok Snake Farm feels like one of those off ramp sideshow attractions that you come across in rural America sometimes--sort of like a really dangerous petting zoo. But the Farm does keep …
Bangkok Guide: Getting Around the City
Depending on where you're headed, Bangkok has more options for getting around than most cities. A lot of tourists opt for the sputtering tuk tuks that are featured on brochures and guide books everywhere. But m…
Exploring Luang Prabang: Highlights Around Town
Luang Prabang is definitely a new favorite place for me. It's a U.N. World Heritage city in the northern part of Laos on the banks of the placid Mekong River and near the Chinese border. Even better, it seems t…
Shopping Dumaguete: Exploring the Local Markets
Buying fresh food is a part of daily life in Dumaguete, and the local produce market is the best spot to pick up the ingredients you need for breakfast (pamahow), lunch (paniudto), and dinner (panihapon). The D…
Exploring Manila: Big City Lights & Stinky Streets
For most Peace Corps volunteers, a trip to Manila is something to look forward to (because of the food) and something to get over with (because Manila is not a really pleasant place). Coming from a small city l…
Dynamite Fishing, Mount Mayon, and Diving Bicol
In July Corey Ridings, a Coastal Resource Management volunteer from my Peace Corps group invited me to her site in Bicol to take photos of the San Miguel Island marine sanctuary. The local barangay captain was …
First Trip to Apo Island: Exploring Dumaguete
In May 2004 I visited Apo Island, a tiny former volcano located about 45 minutes by pump boat from a small fishing village south of my Peace Corps site in Dumaguete. In 1986, the forward thinking residents of A…
Tagbilaran Fiesta & Carnival: Craziness in Bohol
Fiestas are a huge annual event for every community in the Philippines. The timing of the fiesta varies according to the patron saint of each city, town, and village, but they all have a few qualities in common…
Things That Aren’t Supposed to Be Funny, But Are
Sometimes things that aren't supposed to be funny turn out to be hilarious. Maybe it is the neighbor who builds a 30 foot tall mural of himself in front of his house completely obscuring his otherwise nice view…