Blowing Your Mind — The Sardine Run: First Shots

13 07 2009

Having just returned from witnessing one of nature’s most amazing spectacles, I haven’t had the time to go through all of the images yet – I’ve been busy pinching myself to see if I was actually dreaming. All I can say is that it was mind blowing. I am still glowing from the experience. The Sardine Run is the largest species migration on earth, taking part on the Wild Coast of South Africa each June/July. I’ll be leading expeditions again in 2010 (sold out) and 2011 (For underwater photographers who wish to join me click here). We’ll be posting a complete story and images on DivePhotoGuide.com, but for now here are some preliminary images that will hopefully blow your mind as much as the experience blew mine. Enjoy!

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This is just the tip of the iceberg. More to follow.

Update: I posted a small second set of images here.

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51 responses

13 07 2009
Jeff de Guzman

OMG – I need to save up money so I can join you on your next trip. Those photos are just amazing!

13 07 2009
Stan Bysshe

Hey Jason looks just like the Hudson River…….
Not

13 07 2009
anneroo

How awesome those pictures are. Can’t wait to see more. I wish I knew how to do underwater photography, but I’ll just live vicariously through you. Are the dolphins wrangling the fish to feed like whales use bubble rings?

13 07 2009
Alisa Bechthold

Jason
Absolutely amazing and beautiful! So much action at once, what an adrenaline rush!

13 07 2009
Evie G.

Fantastic shots!! Cant wait to see the rest!

13 07 2009
Ty Sawyer

dude!

so jealous. wonderful shots. dang, you!!!

cheers, ty

13 07 2009
victor zucker

WOW, cant wait to go next year vz

13 07 2009
Jason Heller

Thanks guys! It was a surreal experience.

@anneroo – yes the dolphins basicaly bring the sardines to the surface in a fairly organized fashion. They make the run what it is (well the predatory part).

7 09 2009
pascal

wow! this is really amazing and its what i would like to do …what camera are you using for doing this? congrats for the great photos.

13 07 2009
Wendy Heller

And it keeps getting better, altough hopefully next year you’ll bring a model..hint hint!

13 07 2009
your sis

AMAZING!!!!! so jealous… can’t wait to see more shots and hear about it!

13 07 2009
Jason Heller

@wendy – that would have been just too perfect!

13 07 2009
Heidi

Amazing, Jason. Really, really amazing! We didn’t have nearly this much action, but had a fabulous time despite the lack of fishiness. There’s a special spirit around the Sardine Run. I can’t wait to the rest of the pictures!

13 07 2009
Gil ortiz

Amazing is all I can say! Really proud of you bro. Good to see you live out your dreams and fantasies. Maybe one day I’ll join you on one of your great adventures!

13 07 2009
Gil ortiz

P.S. Keep it up the world needs to see through your lense the beautiful things we take for granted! Great pics!!!

13 07 2009
Danie Maritz

Well done Jason, it looks great.

13 07 2009
Rick Morris

Some of the best you have done on run and gun shooting which is never easy…

13 07 2009
Mike Bartick

Wow…Stellar. Those bronze whalers are stunning, great timing. You can almost hear the energy of the bait ball.

MB

13 07 2009
Dan Peters

Great pictures. Makes me want to be 30 years younger
Uncle

14 07 2009
Ken

Great photos… can’t wait to see more of these…

-Ken

14 07 2009
Mary Lynn Price

Incredible photos, Jason!! It’s an adventure I’ve always wanted to experience, and your photos really take me there! Thank you for posting and I can’t wait to see more!
– Mary Lynn

14 07 2009
Mom Heller

WOW… those photographs are amazing. Hard to believe it’s for real. Glad to have an opportunity to see such wonders through your eyes. Wish your dad was around to see what beautiful work you do he may have even joined you.

14 07 2009
Jason Heller

First blog comment from mom..an honor and a new era :)

Thanks that means a lot.

14 07 2009
David Henshaw

Really nice work Jason – will be waiting for the follow up

14 07 2009
liquidmocean

Beautiful pictures Jason, well done. Hopefully will be getting the RED Cam in on this in a year or so. Did you get to see Brydes Whales feeding also? Can’t wait to see more pics.

Cheers mate,
Mark.

15 07 2009
Mandi

Amazing images.

15 07 2009
Terri Roberts

WOW!!!!!!! Jason,
Your photos are amazing!!!!!!!! I look forward to joining you on one of your next trips at the S Run! Your photos take my breath away!!!
Oceans of sea turtles,
Terri

19 07 2009
Mark Strickland

WOW! Congrats on your amazing images, Jason… well done! I was already keen to experience the sardine run, but your photos have me chomping at the bit!

Best,

Mark

19 07 2009
Jason Heller

Thanks for the kind words everyone Definitely an experience I am looking forward to doing again next year!

19 07 2009
David Borus

Awesome shooting Jason

Amazing life experience

19 07 2009
Chris Crumley

Jason,

Stunning images.

I saw a post by Eric Cheng a few days ago (his usual 10 word brevity) speaking to the quality of his friend’s recent Sardine Run photos. Guess that was you and company.

Truly stunning.

19 07 2009
Karim Abboud

That was the best diving experience I have ever had and will ever do!!! Looking at these amazing pictures made me relive this unbeleivable adventure!! I am emotional (if you haven’t noticed)!!! Jason, many thanks again for organising this trip!!!

19 07 2009
Jason Heller

Karim it was so great to have you and Marcela on the trip. I really look forward to diving together again soon! Also please let us know when you plan to be in NYC!

20 07 2009
Carlos Hiller

Impresionante!!!! Congratulations! they are incredible. I am happy you had such a great trip!

20 07 2009
Michele Westmorland

Incredible photography, Jason. You should be proud. The sardine run is something I’ve dreamed of doing and from your pictures, I need to seriously consider joining you.

21 07 2009
Armando

awesome awesome awesome. Amazing capture you have here.

21 07 2009
Andrey Bizyukin

Congratulation, lucky boy!!! The shoot “the boat with the bird” – just supper composition. Dreaming to order this in frame with yours singanure. Let me know if I have enouph cash for this/ With love from Moscow / Next Surdine Run fun – Andrey Bizyukin/ Thank you the spirituality

21 07 2009
Jason Heller

Hey Andrey – thanks. Would be more than happy. Email me directly.

21 07 2009
WALTER

HEY YOU PHOTO SLINGER
YOUR MOM EVEN HAD SOMETHING TO SAY , WELL I THOUGHT I’D JOIN HER IN CONGRATULAING YOU ON SOME EPIC SHOTS , GLAD I WAS THERE .
CHEERS
WALTER

21 07 2009
Jason Heller

Walter – you are da man! (and maybe part shark?) Thanks for getting us to the action. For those reading these comments – Walter is one of the pioneers of diving the Sardine Run and I wouldn’t go with anyone else. He also pioneered the Tiger shark and Raggie diving in Aliwal Shoals. I highly recommend his company African Watersports for any of these. Walter you rock dude!

22 07 2009
JOsh Gordon

Amazing images.

22 07 2009
Sarag

Hey Jason – Your photos are some of the best I’ve seen from the sardine run…awesome shots. I’ve been on the run twice with Walter and I agree with you 100%, he is THE BEST!!! Have you done the tigers with him yet? That’s also a mind blowing dive. May see you on the Wild Coast next year!

22 07 2009
Sarah

That’s a good typo in the above comment! It’s sarah!

22 07 2009
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22 07 2009
23 07 2009
Meredith Hale

Jason, these photos are amazing! Very inspirational!

Best,
Meredith

25 07 2009
WALTER

HEY JASON
HEY THANKS FOR THE COOL COMMENT’S . I CAN ONLY POINT THE WAY – YOU GUYS HAVE GOT TO TAKE THE SHOTS AND WE WANT MORE !!!

6 08 2009
batya

i randomly found your blog. your photos are so beautiful!

batya

23 12 2009
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19 01 2010
Simonsaysscuba

These are still my favourite shark pictures ever, they almost look like paintings (I don’t know if this is because of the subject distance but they have a dreamlike quality to them) The sardine run goes on my bucket list. Jason, these photos will be hard to beat for anyone!

Cheers,

Simon

10 07 2010
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[…] While I didn’t yet experience the epic level activity from last year (check out these posts: sardine run 1, sardine run 2, sardine run 3), it’s been active, albeit in limited visibility water. I have […]

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