Travel Photographer Matt Considine

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Using my photography I aim to capture timeless images that illuminate the diversity of cultures and people of our world. My aim is to obtain images that respect human dignity and celebrate existence.

In addition I want to raise the awareness of some of the most amazing places and wildlife that exist in the natural world. I hope that when you see my images you will be inspired to visit these places. I want to illustrate why it is worth conserving these places and the plant and animal life they support.

To achieve these aims my travel photography encompasses images of people and their cultures as well as images of wildlife and landscape photography.

Travel & Culture

Palau Diving

Palau has to be one of the best diving destinations in the world. Not only are the islands beautiful, there are some simply amazing, out of this world dives. One dive called Blue Holes is an underwater cavern with four holes in the top of the cavern and other holes on the reef wall. The overall effect is that light penetrates the cavern creating a cathedral like atmosphere that illuminates parts of the cavern giving the diver a feeling of floating in an enormous space.

From Blue Holes, it is possible to get to the world famous Blue Corner where you can hook on to the reef while sharks and other predators cruise on the current all around you and sometimes barracuda can be seen circling overhead. To be able to combine what are some of the best dives in the world in a single dive, makes this dive one my favorites in Palau.

Here are a couple of shots from a Palau diving adventure holiday. One is the strangest looking jellyfish I have ever seen. It really looks like some sort of space ship. The lights or spots on the dome of the jelly look like they might be refracted light, but I think they are more likely pigmentation on the surface. My unconfirmed hypothesis is that they deter predators, since they look a bit like eyes. I will really have to take a closer look next time I see one of these strange creatures.

Jellyfish, Palau Micronesia photo Matt Considine Underwater Photographer

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The other shot is of a gar fish taken inside an underwater cave. The reflection is on the still water of an overhead air pocket trapped on the cave ceiling.

Gar fish Palau Micronesia photo by Travel and Underwater Photographer Matt Considine

Palau is a small island country in Micronesia located in the Pacific, south of Japan and north of the Philippines. Near Yap where they have the stone money! Palau is quite difficult to get to, but really fabulous once you are there.

Another great dive called Virgin Blue Holes is a single underwater vertical tunnel that goes down about 110 feet (35 m) and then levels out horizontally for about another 150 feet (50 m) and then opens up onto a fabulous blue vista. After exiting the tunnel it is possible to move along an interesting wall with cuts and large numbers of different fish types as you get closer to Blue Corner.

I have just returned from second diving trip to Palau (it is still fabulous!) and will be posting more images and a report from that trip soon.

  • paul T

    Hey yeh, cool. Nice shot.

    This the Palau in Micronesia, I guess?

  • matt

    Hi Paul, thanks.

    Yes, Palau is a small island country in Micronesia and is located in the Pacific south of Japan and north of the Philippines. Near Yap in fact, where they have the stone money!

    I believe Palau has the best diving in the world. There are some simply amazing, out of this world dives. One dive called Blue Holes is down an underwater vertical tunnel that goes down about 100 feet and then levels out horizontal for about another 80 or so feet and opens up onto a fabulous blue vista, with sharks cruising on the current all around you and barracuda circling overhead.

    Needless to say, I will be posting more images from Palau on my website, from time to time.

    Cheers
    Matt

  • Diana

    Hey Matt,

    Agree that Palau is great diving. But don’t forget Yap :-) . One of my favorites was Uulong Channel. Blue Holes was fantastic as well. And truly jealous you have been there again.

    Diana

    • http://www.mattconsidine.com Matt

      Hi Diana,

      Yes I agree Yap is wonderful place, the Manta Rays are just amazing and the Manta Ray Bay Resort a great dive operation.

      About Palau, yes I also loved Uulong Channel on the incoming tide as well! I only wish I did that dive more often than I did, but I could say that about a lot of the dives in Palau.

      Another dive which folks hardly ever talk about that I really liked, was the Uulong Cut on the incoming tide, it had more sharks than Blue Corner and they get much closer.

      Cheers
      Matt

  • http://theresazphotography.wordpress.com/ TheresaZ

    Wonderful post, your pictures are gorgeous.

    • http://www.mattconsidine.com Matt

      Thanks Theresa,
      Always nice to hear that!
      I am preparing/pruning new images from Palau and Yap which I will post soon.
      Cheers
      Matt

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