Secret Sea Visions - by Burt Jones and Maurine Shimlock
In 2011 we completed the update of the Raja Ampat guidebook we produced for Conservation International. Diving Indonesia's Bird's Head Seascape contains more dive sites in Raja and additionally includes coverage of Cenderawasih Bay and Triton Bay. This expanded edition is larger with completely redesigned maps and all new underwater images. In July of 2014 we will launch the Bird's Head Seascape website, www.birdsheadseascape.com. The website will allow us to update dive related information in real time. Plus the site will contain a searchable library of all scientific research that has been done in the region.
Please remember that our photo seminars are available on all of our trips. We focus on an often-overlooked aspect of photography: how to reveal the art in the animal. We believe we can help just about anyone, no matter what type of camera you use, to improve their skills and underwater images.
Underwater and Nature PhotographyIn our gallery section you can see samples of our images and purchase them for stock, large format prints, or for your own personal use. Secret Sea, a large format book featuring our underwater photography, won the Benjamin Franklin award for best book the year it was published. Our articles and images have been published in a variety of magazines such as GEO, BBC Wildlife, Smithsonian, Natural History, Islands, Sport Diver, and Fathoms. If you like our images, please read some of our recent travel articles.
Travel with us - Underwater Photography WorkshopsThis page is where you'll find information about upcoming Secret Sea trips. On most trips we offer our Stop Taking Pictures and Start Creating Images workshop, and are happy to provide individual instruction to improve your technique. In just a few hours we'll teach you the basic principles that will transform documentary pictures into art.
Trip Planning & Dive ServicesOur combined 40 years of experience in the scuba diving, exotic travel, and underwater photography fields has put us in the unique position of being able to offer a wide range of services. Those exclusive services include underwater guiding, organizing custom expeditions, underwater photography, and Photoshop instruction. Please click here for more information.
Whatever your reasons are for entering the Secret Sea, enjoy this site.
Best Fishes, Burt Jones and Maurine Shimlock