We were very happy to welcome 12 eager photo students last night to NAD Lembeh Resort! After a brief introduction of the instructors, Mike Veitch and Matt Oldfield, along with NAD’s owners Simon and Zee Buxton, we had everyone introduce themselves and tell us a little about themselves. In a sign of a truly international event we are hosting students from Singapore, Malaysia, England, Thailand, the USA, Mauritius, Russia, and Brazil! Wow, what a group.
Up bright and early today for two morning dives. We have split the folks into two groups of six and each instructor is following along with each boat in order to give personal tips to each student. The way the Underwater Tribe organizes photo instruction in events like this is to accompany each diver for a full dive giving one on one photo tips throughout the dive. Once the instructors have finished diving with each of the six members of the group we will switch boats and then accompany the other six so each diver will have the chance to dive with each instructor.
We dove 4 different sites in the morning and the list of critters was long! Frogfish, ribbon eels, nudis, squid, octopus, spiny devil fish, flambouyant cuttlefish and the list goes on! After a great lunch, Mike gave a talk about photography in Lembeh and the best methods of capturing the critters. The afternoon saw the groups heading out on a third dive before a beautiful sunset at the resort. Following a few sunset drinks Mike gave the “big” lecture on how to control f-stops, shutter speeds, and strobes, only 3 people fell asleep! After a big dinner Matt Oldfield inspired the group with a slideshow of images from Sulawesi showcasing the beautiful macro and wide angle opportunities that can be found in the area.