2016 Photo Workshops with Dr. Alexander Mustard in the Cayman Islands
Ocean Frontiers is proud to once again be hosting Cayman Digital Madness, at Compass Point Dive Resort, their annual underwater photography workshop with Alex Mustard.
Be sure to book now to join a week jammed with specialized diving tailored for enthusiastic underwater photographers, with one to one tutoring in the pool, lectures and group image review sessions under the expert guidance of Alex Mustard.
Alex has Cayman's reefs dialed in and is a master at picking which dive sites and what time of day will produce the best photographic oportunities. Under Alex's guidance you will impress yourself with the results you and your camera will produce during a Digital Madness Workshop. Any underwater photographer can advance their portfolio to whole new level. Alex's underwater photography workshops are never run as a competition. Sharing and collaberation fuel better learning and overall results from the group.
2016 Workshop Dates to be released.
"It is exciting to be launching new workshops in Grand Cayman. I know people have been really looking forward to them. Normally I advise against signing up for both workshop weeks as they are basically repeats, but on this occasion the two weeks will be totally different, so you can consider doing them back to back."
"Although Cayman is in the tropics, the different seasons do provide different photographic conditions, opportunities and subjects, and this was my motivation for moving the workshop to a different time of year. So for the next few years we will be alternating the workshop from Summer to Winter in order to unlock more of Cayman’s photographic potential."
"The calm weather and sunny days are also very suited to shooting split levels at Stingray city and we will be planning special trips to see the rays in the right conditions to produce these images."
"Of course we will still be shooting Cayman’s dramatic walls, the East End’s captivating caverns and all the classic subjects that have proved so popular with photographers on previous workshops. These include a host of macro critters and big creatures, such as rays, turtles and sharks and much more."
"The workshop is a busy schedule, we work hard for our images, but each year the group produces an excellent selection. There is no competition element in the week, which everyone always says helps promote a friendly and sharing atmosphere. I hope that you can join me in Cayman for 2016".
Coral Spawning Workshops
Eleven years ago Dr Alex Mustard and Steve Broadbelt, co-owner of Ocean Frontiers, were the first people to correctly predict and observe mass coral spawning in the Cayman Islands. Since then Ocean Frontiers has successfully seen the event every single year, with predictions on the timing always within 5 minutes. Few, if any, dive operators anywhere in the world have such a perfect record of predicting coral spawning. Alex and Steve have even presented their study at the Zoological Society in London.
Dates to be announced.
"Coral spawning in Grand Cayman is very close to my heart and I am very excited about sharing it for the first time as part of a photography workshop. The Coral Spawning Workshop is unique event and is limited to just 9 photographers and extended to 8 nights to make the most of the spectacle. The price is higher than the normal workshop because we will be running the boat with less divers and also because the event is one day longer."
"Coral spawning is an amazing spectacle, when the reef’s corals, which spend most of the year doing pretty convincing impressions of rocks, suddenly get all animal and burst into effervescent life. In short you will never look at a coral reef the same way again."
Coral spawning takes place over at least three nights and the first night of the spawn is at the end of the first full day of the workshop. For this reason we strongly recommend arriving at least a day or two early, especially if travelling from Europe (as the late nights are tough with European jet-lag). We will take the mornings off during the coral spawning days."
"The rest of the workshop week will be a mixture of classic Cayman diving, but with a strong emphasis on capturing the behavior of reef life throughout the workshop. We will also make a dusk dive for fish spawning photography and a non-coral spawning night dive, for creative photographic techniques."
Please note that, while we will endeavor to find a roommate for those who are single travelers and would prefer to share a two-bedroom accommodation, in
the event of a roommate not being available the single occupancy supplement will apply.
The program will commence on the evening of the first day of each workshop. Therefore, if you are planning on flying in on this day we would suggest and recommend arriving on the earlier flights so as not to miss out on the first talk. If you are coming from Europe or The West Coast perhaps consider arriving a day earlier and adding a night to your package.
In order to confirm your spot we would require 50% deposit at the time of booking with the final 50% being due 45 days prior to arrival.
Cancellation policy: Full refund with more then 30 days notice prior to first day of arrival. No refund with less than 30 days notification.
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All photos are taken by particpants of the workshop in the Cayman Islands. Not all results typical, side effects include desire to make multiple dives per day and camera envy of fellow participants.