September’s issue of National Geographic features a celebration of Indonesia’s diverse marine life. Renowned underwater photographer David Doubilet shares both images and text about his time spent in both Raja Ampat and the Bird’s Head Seascape (Fakfak, etc.). Much of the text and images are online at Geographic’s webpage, but as always, the experience is different when holding the actual magazine in your hands.
Norbert Wu and I ran an informal Wetpixel trip last February to the Bird’s Head Seascape with guide Graham Abbott, who led Doubilet to the same area the week before we went [see my photos]. We were fortunate and had fantastic sea conditions on our trip, but we definitely felt the potential for the low-visibility and strong currents Doubilet eloquently describes in his article and accompanying field notes.