Exploring Siladen's Underwater Riches With Dr Richard Smith
What: Workshop with Dr Richard Smith
Where: Siladen Dive Resort & Spa, North Sulawesi, Indonesia
Dates: 23 June to 3 July 2017.
Dr Richard Smith combines an in-depth academic knowledge with a zeal for educating divers on the ocean's amazing marine life. During his June workshop at Siladen Resort & Spa in the Bunaken Marine National Park, North Sulawesi, Indonesia, Richard will encourage divers to get more from their diving by learning about the reef and its inhabitants.
The diving in North Sulawesi is extremely varied and thanks to its location at the heart of the Coral Triangle has a fantastically high diversity of species. There are reefs with stunning corals as well as muck dives that harbour a whole different host of creatures. The Coral Triangle has the world's highest marine biodiversity.
The name 'Triangle' comes from the roughly triangular shape of the six South-east Asian countries that make up the area. Siladen lies at the very heart of this mega-diverse area, so there's nowhere better to learn about coral reef organisms.
During the dive trips and workshops that he regularly leads, he conducts lectures on various aspects of marine biology. Some of the daily talks that he will include on the Siladen trip are:
- Critter hunting and photography
- How to observe and photograph reef behaviour
- The private life of pygmy seahorses
- Making the most of muck diving
With his background in marine biology, these lectures are aimed to give divers a greater understanding of the local marine life and will be tailored to make the most of the varied diving and habitats around Bunaken.
Richard's PhD research was conducted throughout the Coral Triangle on the biology and conservation of pygmy seahorses, which will be among the animals, no doubt, see on the trip.
During the workshop, Richard will be on hand to help with creature identification, assistance with camera techniques and general fish talk.
The trip will benefit both photographers and non-photographers alike. Understanding marine behaviour is an essential part of getting the perfect shot and adds a new dimension to your diving.
Richard said: 'I am passionate about working with photographers and how they interact with the marine life to reduce disturbance of the animal, allowing them to capture the best and most natural shots possible.'
The workshop is a must for photographers who are trying to improve their skills, as well as already competent photographers who are looking to add a new twist to their work.
BIOGRAPHY Richard Smith, a British underwater photographer and writer, aspires to promote an appreciation for the ocean's inhabitants and raise awareness of marine conservation issues through his images. A marine biologist by training, Richard's pioneering research on the biology and conservation of pygmy seahorses, led to the first PhD on these enigmatic fishes. Over the past decade, Richard's photographs and marine life focused features have appeared in a wide variety of publications around the world. Richard leads marine life expeditions where the aim is for participants to get more from their diving and photography by learning about the marine environment: www.OceanRealmImages.com