Scuba Diving, Dive Travel and Underwater Photography in the Indo-Pacific
Welcome to www.indopacificimages.com the website of underwater photographer and photo-journalist Don Silcock
The concept behind this site is to provide a portal into the Indo-Pacific region and it’s best diving locations, with interesting & factual descriptions of what is there, what you will see, when to go and how to get there.
I have been to all the dive locations at least once, but often 2-3 times, and only use images from those trips to illustrate it – so what you see is what I saw when I was there.
Some of my trips are supported by dive operators, but my descriptions of their operations are as I found them and I try very hard to provide a factual & balanced viewpoint.
What’s New: Underwater Photography – Mirrorless Macro Article – Part 2 of 2
The march of the mirrorless cameras continues with each new camera that is released and the technology really does have great potential for underwater macro photography.
The macro lenses available for the Micro Four Thirds (Panasonic and Olympus) format is really quite impressive.
Combine those lenses with the small form factor of the cameras and their housings and mirrorless cameras become a really serious contender for macro where size (smaller the better…) really does matter!
In this article, the 5th in the series I wrote for X-Ray magazine, and Part 2 of 2 on macro underwater photography I detail the results I have achieved with the Olympus OM-D E-M5.
The full article can be downloaded on this LINK.
What’s New: The Sharks of the Marovo Lagoon – Solomon Airlines Article
The sharks of the Marovo Lagoon hold a special place in the local culture of this part of New Georgia, in the Solomon Islands.
Reef sharks, rather than being feared, are regarded almost like dogs in that their behavior is generally docile and non-threatening, but they can quickly sense unease and can be potentially dangerous to those who fear or provoke them.
You will see sharks on virtually every dive, but the best place to see a lot of them is the welcome jetty at Uepi Island resort.
Here they gather in significant numbers and the in-flight magazine of Solomon Airlines recently published an article of mine on the sharks of Marovo Lagoon which you can download on this LINK.
What’s New: Underwater Photography – Mirrorless Macro Article – Part 1 of 2
Mirrorless cameras really do have great potential for underwater macro photography.
There are now some serious macro lenses available – particularly for the Micro Four Thirds (Panasonic and Olympus) format.
That capability combined with the small form factor of the cameras and their housings make mirrorless cameras a serious contender for macro where size (smaller the better…) really does matter!
In this article, the 4th in the series I wrote for X-Ray magazine, I explain that potential with a specific focus on the Olympus OMD.
The article is Part 1 of 2 on macro underwater photography and the second article is coming soon… The first article can be downloaded on this LINK.
What’s New: An Insider’s Guide to Tulamben’s Liberty Wreck
The Liberty wreck at Tulamben on the north-east coast of Bali is the island’s most famous dive.
People travel from all over the world to dive the Liberty and to a some degree the wrecks popularity is killing it – so is it still worth diving, or should we just move on and leave it to the backpackers?
Last year I decided to try a spot of immersion therapy on the Liberty and instead of the usual 1 or 2 dives a day on the wreck when I stay in Tulamben, I did 4 to 5 a day for 6 days!
The whole experience was documented in an article that is in the latest issue of Australia’s SportDiving magazine plus I have added several pages to my site as a kind of “insiders guide to the Liberty Wreck”… You can download the full article on this LINK.
Alternatively you can check out the pages and image galleries on my site and here is the LINK to the starting page and then just follow the links.
What’s New: Diving Indonesia and the Incredibly Rich Waters of Raja Ampat
Last October/November I spent four weeks there diving the best sites in the Dampier Strait, Gam & Waigeo, Batanta and the incredible reefs of Misool in the south.
X-Ray magazine just published a 12 page article of mine on the trip and, as usual, they did a great job of laying it all out!
If you are interested in diving Raja Ampat you can download the full article on this LINK.
I have also added numerous new pages to my Raja Ampat location guide which has lots of information on the area plus detailed dive site descriptions and image galleries.