Alex Tattersall is an award winning underwater photographer and the founder of UnderWaterVisions/Nauticam UK. He has now teamed with Oonasdivers to offer a fantastic Underwater Photography Workshop which take place at some amazing worldwide destinations such as Indonesia and the Philippines.
The course is open to anyone seriously interested in improving their underwater photography in an informal, friendly, non-competitive environment.
UNDERWATER PHOTO WORKSHOP
This workshop is designed for moderately experienced UW photographers and, alongside the exploration of 'technical' areas of photography such as exposures, compositions, and camera settings, will impart how a greater understanding and sensitivity to the behaviour of marine life can enable anyone to take award winning photos.
You do not need the latest, most expensive equipment to get photos that you are truly happy with. This course will also give you the opportunity to try some of the latest photo post-processing software to get the best final results from the shots you take. The course is open to anyone seriously interested in improving their photography skills in an informal, friendly, non-competitive environment.
Alex will be on hand each day throughout the day to offer individual advice about any aspects of your photography, and you will finish each day with a discussion and constructive criticism of a selection of shots from each course participant.
Dr Alex TattersallDr Alex Tattersall is an award winning underwater photographer and the founder of UnderWaterVisions/Nauticam UK. Alex Tattersall began diving in the early 1990s in Venezuela and Australia becoming instantly addicted to the wonders of the marine environment. Alex picked up his first camera in Taiwan in 1999 and has since gone on to win a number of underwater photography awards including the coveted ‘Best of Show’ in the British Society of Underwater Photographers print competition. Alex has run several Underwater Photography Workshops for Oonasdivers in The Red Sea, all of which have been very popular. He also holds some interesting talks about all of his diving photography experiences at The London and Birmingham dive shows.
Philippines - Atlantis Dumaguete
Firstly, for the avid photographer, Atlantis Dumaguete has one of the most spacious camera facilities you will find in any dive resort worldwide.
The archipelago is home to more than 3000 species of fish and 448 species of coral – where else can you combine unbelievable muck-diving with pristine coral reefs, shoals of schooling fish, the odd shark, manta, sea snakes, eagle rays or whale shark? The Philippines offers some of the most vibrant, weird and wonderful both above and below.
Included within your diving package are 8 days of unlimited scheduled boat trips. From Dumaguete you have access to approx 33 dive sites, most of which are under a 10 minute boat ride, the furthest would be the day trip to Apo or Siquijor Islands which can take between 45 – 60 minutes.
The resort itself is surrounded by an amazing tropical garden with some of the rarest plants to be found in the Philippines, and is just a short trip to some of the most renowned dive sites in Asia - Apo Island, Siquijor and of course the local Dauin Marine Sanctuaries.
The chosen carrier for the flight inclusive tour is Etihad. They offer a 30kg baggage allowance, and on top of this, we have secured, in writing, a 15kg Scuba Diving Equipment allowance. Due to evening flight arrivals you will be required to stay your 1st night in Manila, we have included this within the price, the hotel will be the Midas, just a short drive from the famous Asia Mall (free transfers provided).
Date: 21 April – 2 May 2016
Tour: 1st Night Manila - 9 Nights Atlantis Dumaguete
Diving: 8 Days Diving – Up to “5” Dives Per Day
Board: Full board
Tour Price: Flight Inclusive from £3095, Single Supplement £350
Extras Paid Locally: $144 approx. Marine Park Fee - $200 Nitrox
To secure your booking we would require a non refundable deposit of £500 per person.
The balance of your tour would be due 12 weeks prior to your departure. Stage payments can be arranged on request.
This photo workshop has been designed to assist you to capture stunning images of the wonderfully pristine Great Astrolabe Reef to the maximum. Matava’s 5 star dive centre has a wealth of knowledge and experience with underwater photographers and the programme we have designed will cover macro photography with some of the area’s endemic species, wide reef photography (the colours of Fiji’s renowned soft and hard corals), manta and large animal photography, split reef shots and animal portraiture.
You will have ample opportunity to explore 'outside the box’ with creative techniques (and new toys) designed to help you create memorable images you can be proud of. Alex will be on hand throughout the day to offer individual advice about any aspects of your photography.
We have limited the group to just 12 participants to ensure that each group member will have ample opportunity to discuss and develop their skills in a relaxed and non-competitive environment.
Matava brings a unique blend of eco lodges set against the brilliantly contrasting backdrops of sun-soaked beaches and rocky shores. Crystal clear waters and an untouched tropical wilderness are the haven of small mammals, bird life, reptiles and a host of marine life.
The Great Astrolabe Reef is the world's 4th longest Barrier Reef, which runs along the south side of Kadavu. Consisting of 75 miles of pristine hard and soft corals, it creates extensive sheltered coral lagoons where you can drift over coral gardens filled with countless colourful reef fish, starfish and critters.
Also included in the itinerary are 2 Beqa dives. Descend through the clear waters to the 25m foot landing, here you will see the sharks circling below you along with hundreds of jacks, snappers and many others swirling around the feeding area. You’re not in a cage, but situated on the reef around the perimeter of the dive site called “the Arena”.
This has to be the most exciting workshop to date, as well as a logistical adventure. A balance of comfort and weight allowance has been taken into consideration when choosing the international airline for the flight arrangements.
Date: To be Advised
Tour: 8 Nights Matava Resort – 1 Night Viti Levu – 1 Night Nadi
Diving: 6 Days Diving – 3 Dives Per Day + Free Access Critter Junction
2 Beqa Shark Dives
Price Indication: Includes Domestic Flights, Transfers, 8 Nights Full Board, 1 Night B&B 1 Night Room Only & Diving As Stated
£2595 + International Flight
£350 Single Supplement
This exclusive workshop is limited to just 12 participants, so please register your interest as early as possible. To secure your booking we would require a non-refunable deposit of £500* per person.
Eco Divers Manado & Edo Divers Lembeh - Indonesia
Manado - This beachfront property is set on level ground and boasts manicured lawns. Facilities include an infinity pool, hot tub / jacuzzi, two traditional Indonesian spas and an atmospheric bar overlooking the sea. Mihahasa Lagoon Manado boasts just 15 air conditioned Sea View Cottages (each with a small adjoining bunk bed room) and 8 air conditioned Garden View Rooms.
Lembeh - A small and boutique resort with just 12 air conditioned rooms. All rooms have private ensuite bathrooms with hot water, shower and western toilet, and can be arranged as single, twin or double beds. Other facilites include 4 indoor quiet lounges with book and DVD libraries, 4 indoor camera rooms with work spaces, desktop computer and charging points, an outdoor restaurant, lounge bar, spa and free WIFI.
The meal plan at Eco Divers is offered as full board. Their highly trained Indonesian chefs ensure that every meal will be a mouthwatering feast of delicious Indonesian and international favourites. Select from their extensive a la carte menu where they prepare all food fresh on a daily basis - even their fish* is sourced in the local market each morning. *Eco divers only uses sustainable fish species in its meals (advised by Conservation International).
The Diving - Included within your diving package are 3 dives per day, 5 days at each resort.
Manado - The Bunaken National Marine Park is rich and unspoilt, with pristine and abundant soft coral and fish life in huge concentration. The night diving in the park is spectacular, rare creatures are found around every corner, and there's a WWII wreck in day range.
The Bunaken National Marine Park consists of five islands: Bunaken, Manado Tua, Nain,Montehage, and Siladen, as well as a part of the North Sulawesi mainland. Diving in and around Bunaken is mostly wall diving and drift diving, but also includes several beautiful coral slopes.
The variety of both fish and soft coral is outstanding, making this area one of the top places in the world with regards to biodiversity. Schools of Barracudas and Jacks, Green Sea Turtles and reef sharks, Sea snakes and Napoleon wrasses are among the resident inhabitants of these steep coral walls fringing Bunaken Island.
Lembeh - Eco Divers Lembeh unique service is based on total relaxation; no other resort lets you relax between dives onboard a spacious and luxurious day-liveaboard by day, complete with fast skiffs to whisk you to over 40 dive sites in just a few minutes, then relax again at thier award-winning resort.
They have the smallest capacity of any of the boutique resorts in Lembeh, with a maximumof just 16 divers, 4 divers per guide!. This means that their personalized service is simply without equal, with an amazing staff-to-guest ratio of two staff members for every guest.
World famous for its macro life, this is most probably simply the best place in the world for muck diving and macro photography!
Dates: To be advised
Tour: 6 nights each at Eco Divers Manado & Lembeh
Diving: 10 days diving - 3 dive per day
Board: Full board
Tour Price: £2750* per person twin share which includes flights from London Heathrow, transfers, 12 nights full board and 10 days diving with weights and cylinders. Single supplement £295. Nitrox supplement £110 for unlimited fills.
To book: To secure your booking we would require a non refundable deposit of £500* per person. The balance of your tour would be due 12 weeks prior to your departure, Stage payments can be arranged on request.
For further information about Eco Divers Manado click here and for Eco Divers Lembeh click here
*Please note prices are subject to change according to availability at the time of booking