Almost Awesome – Giant Pygmy Seahorse

2 05 2010

This image is from 2005. I “rediscovered it” this past week while searching my images library for close focus wide angle shots for a magazine article. I didn’t submit this image because it is a little soft, but I do think it’s kind of cool.





Day 40 of 365: Blizzards Are For The Birds

10 02 2010

The northeast blizzard of 2010 is upon us. As I was driving back from an errand I was mesmerized by the dense falling snow. I had to stop when I saw this flock of seagulls (no 80’s reference intended) braving the weather. It must suck to be a seagull in the snow…but they didn’t look phased. A reminder of how nature is both beautiful and brutal at the same time.

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Metaphorical Reflection – Underwater and Above

2 01 2010

It’s not often that such prolific coral grows so close to the surface. I was awestruck when I visualized an image of the trees above the water’s surface peering down at the magical trees beneath. Metaphorical reflections of mimicry.

© Jason Heller Photography





Sardine Run Images Hitting Newspapers In The UK & Worldwide

12 10 2009

Newspapers and magzines will begin publishing some of my Sardine Run images this week. So far I saw it in UK based Telegraph, The Sun and Daily Mail . I have released some images that were previously not posted publicly yet, including a full body image of a Brydes Whale and some feeding dolphin and shark images.

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More Images From The Sardine Run – An Ode To Sharkiness

22 07 2009

Thanks to everyone who added so many wonderful comments to my initial post of Sardine Run underwater images! I promised more, so here are a handful of shark-focused images. Again, this was just simply an amazing experience!

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Still more to come, stay tuned!





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.





My First Underwater Whale Encounter

6 04 2009

I led an underwater photography expedition to  Socorro during humpback calving season, and now I am totally hooked after my first underwater encounter. It was one elusive encounter. The whales were all around us frolicking on the surface – we could hear their beautiful songs underwater, in some cases they sounded like they were all around us, but yet outside of sight. It was a magical experience. Then we had the chance of snorkeling with this calf and its mother (you can see the mother’s face behind the calf, it was huge). I had only a few seconds to get the shot and the calf was emerging from slightly murky water at depth.

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While not the best image in the world, it is a precursor for more to come. I am hooked and plan to dive with these leviathans in Tonga next year to get the shallow close encounters required to get the images I really want. Words can’t describe the awe of swimming next to these large animals.