Tonga 2014 season

Tonga – Still Paradise

I have been visiting Tonga for 13 years and spent many hours on the water photographing Humpback whales and I can tell you, every time I get in the water with these magnificent creatures, I am just as excited as the first time. Tonga has so much to offer, picturesque landscapes and underwater environments makes this place paradise for Photographers, and don’t forget the added bonus that you can swim with whales. It really is still paradise. Every year I see something  different or have one of those unforgettable encounters. This year I had a baby whale shoot up from the depths and breach half a meter in front of me, exhilarating to say the least. This year Travel & Fashion Blogger, Laura McWhinnie from This Island life did an interview piece about her time in Tonga with us, check out the article here:

http://www.thisislandlife.com/travel/swimming-with-humpback-whales-an-interview-with-scott-portelli

http://www.thisislandlife.com/travel/swimming-with-humpback-whales-in-vavau-tonga

This year we started the Tongan Fluke Collective, which encourages visiting photographers to donate Fluke shots to help ID the different individual whales that come to Tonga each year. You can find out more about the program here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/tonganflukecollective/ – Anyway we will be running a number of Photographic tours in the next year or so to various destinations, so stay tuned.

If you want to see some of the Video footage you can see this season’s wrap up here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DcreHs7qcq0

Tonga 2014 season still paradise collage swimming with humpback whales  and through caves

Aerial Safari Australia

Australia from Above

One of the most spectacular things I have done recently is fly across the top part of Australia in a small Cesna 206 Photographing aerial views of this amazing diverse landscape. The view of from up high above Australia is so vast and vivid with colour and texture. you think you are on another planet when you look down. The expedition consisted of 33 low level flights covering more than 10,000km of some of Australia’s most remote regions. camping in remote areas of Australia only accessible by plane was a treat. it is unfathomable how big our country is til you cross it in a small plane. Although quite challenging to take photos out of a moving plane where temperature and wind speed are against you, we still managed to come back with some unique views of Australia that few people have ever seen.

 

Some of the images also made it into a competition collections of the top twelve photos of Australia from above.

Aerial Safari Above Australia

whale sharks Cendrawasih Bay

The Hunger: Whale Sharks in Cendrawasih Bay

In a place called Cendrawasih Bay in West Papua, whale sharks congregate in great numbers to feed in the rich waters. Filter feeding on small fish and plankton these sharks have a healthy appetite and very rarely stop eating for anything. But the reason they are so abundant is because the local fisherman share their catch with these giants and now the sharks know they can sometimes get an easy feed from the fisherman on the Began’s. Being in the water with several hungry whale sharks that have no concern for your personal space is hectic to say the least. they will literally squeeze you out of the way to get to the bait fish caught in the nets. Truly a spectacular event to witness, just watch you don’t get knocked out by these pushy giants.

whale sharks Cendrawasih Bay

Christmas and Cocos Island

The 2016 Australian Island Workshop

Stay tuned for some of the photography workshops we are scheduling for 2016 to some of the most remote and picturesque Islands around Australia. This will be an opportunity to explore and learn from the experts, while in completely unique locations, during the Australian island workshop.

To register your interest contact us for more detail click here.

Australian Island Workshop 2016 whale sharks red crabs underwater photography

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