It had been a few years since I last saw Matt Weiss or hosed a DivePhotoGuide trip. Matt is a great guy and his groups are always fun so I knew it was going to be a highlight for me even before I found out that he was bringing Keri Wilk to run a wide angle photography workshop. Keri is a young photographer with some serious skill and knowledge and I was looking forward to meeting him and seeing what I could learn myself.
The talks he gave were most informative and I for one learnt a couple of amazing Photoshop tricks that have changed my life!
On Patrol by Doug
Flying the Banner by Doug
Fat Fish by Doug
Bigeye Barracudas by Doug
Red Blur by Doug
Fiji Colour by Ed
Invader! by Edwin
Blue Ribbon by Edwin
Anemonies and Model by Kim
Strawberry by Kim
Howards Diners Hidden Treasures by Kim
Fiji in a Nutshell by Marie-Elizabeth
Split by Marie-Elizabeth
Stripey Sea Snake by Marie-Elizabeth
Night find by Marie-Elizabeth
Pinky by Marie-Elizabeth
Yeah, You Better Run! by Souzan
Colours Colours by Souzan
Natural Backlight by Souzan
The conditions were great and as all of the guests were photographers looking for wide angle scenes we spread out on our dive sites and let them shoot! They came to Fiji for the soft corals and fish life, the famous Fiji colours - and they got it and more! I think some were surprised at the hard coral gardens and pleased that they could see sharks and Mantas too, as well as some of the smaller critters.
It was a 10 day cruise so when we found a good spot that people wanted to work on to get the shot we had loads of flexibility and could just park over a site a let them go for it!
As it turns out we had four days in Namena marine park, spending a lot of the time in the South Save-A-Tack region, diving on the pinnacles. Although they were there to shoot and learn about wide angle photography, a few of the guests couldn’t resist the chance to shoot a pygmy seahorse on ‘Kansas’ and went for the macro lens - just for a bit.
All in all, the results were very satisfying for all involved, a lot was learned and good times were had by everyone. We can’t wait till the next DPG expedition to Fiji. You guys are always welcome!
“Fiji is a hot spot of biodiversity. We’re here for the rich colorful soft coral reefs as well as the unusual stuff - the strange little creatures and endemic fishes.”
~ Dr. Tim Laman, biologist and National Geographic Photojournalist