Nauticam Demo Opportunity

Blue Heron Macro Workshop

2012-02-09 thru 2012-02-12

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Take advantage of one of the finest macro sites in the world, our own Blue Heron Bridge, located in West Palm Beach, FL. This 3 day clinic focuses on macro photography, and there may not be a better setting anywhere to hold this kind of class.  The bridge is actually located on the intercoastal waterway, inshore.  This protected area has great tidal exchange, structure from two bridge structures, and an island (Phil Foster Park).


The diversity of macro life at this site is unlike anything else in the tropical atlantic.  Unusual critters like seahorses, frogfish, pipefish, sea robins, batfish, stargazers, nudibranchs, and flatworms are common at this site bridge.  A host of juveniles are start their lives in this protected area before moving out on the reef.  Tropical angelfish, spadefish, barracuda, and jacks are found amongst the bridge pilings.  Eagle rays and stingrays feed in the sand flats, and manatee are even seen on occasion.


In addition to photo instruction, this class includes a dive guide for every 2-3 divers.  Our guides work for local dive operators or in the Reef Photo store, and are expert Blue Heron Critter Finders.  Our guests can focus on taking pictures, and we'll lead you from subject to subject.  No stress about dragging around a dive flag, navigation or boat traffic, just relax and take pictures!


We'll begin Thursday night with a very thorough briefing of the site, a slideshow introducing the subject matter you'll find, and some tips for photographing the marine life in the park.


Diving at this site is best at high slack tide, and our classroom work is structured around the best dive times.  Water temperatures are expected to be in the low 70's, but variable.  A 5-7mm wetsuit and hooded vest are recommended.

Thursday, Feb 9
8 PM
Slideshow & Site Briefing
Friday, Feb 10
9 AM
Guided Shore Dive

1 PM
Classroom Session

9 PM
Optional Boat Night Dive
(Price TBD)
Saturday, Feb 11
9:30 AM
Guided Shore Dive

1:30 PM
Classroom Session
Sunday, Feb 12
10:30 AM
Guided Shore Dive

2:30 PM
Classroom Session

Classroom topics will start with macro camera settings, focus strategies, and exposure tips.  Once you've got a grasp on the basics, more advanced lighting, composition, and creative effects can be explored.  Our staff uses Adobe Photoshop Lightroom for image cataloging and editing, and a thorough digital workflow introduction is included.


Sharing is a big part of this event, and we'll run slide shows for inspiration, critique, or just show and tell in each classroom session. 


Lodging and meals are not inlcuded. The following hotels are recommended: 

Hilton Singer Island
3700 North Ocean Drive
Singer Island, Florida 33404
Discount Code 27477737 

Crowne Plaza
3200 North Ocean Drive
Singer Island, Florida

Marriott Ocean Point
71 Ocean Avenue
Palm Beach Shores, Florida33404

For the more budget conscious:

Super 8 Motel
412 Blue Heron Blvd.
W. Riviera Beach, Florida

Super 8 Motel
757 U.S. Highway
North Palm Beach, Florida 33408

Day's Inn
2300 45th Street
I 95 & 45th Street

Getting Here:

The dive site is around 20 minutes from Palm Beach International Airport (PBI), and around one hour from Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport (FLL).   If you are flying in from out of town, a rental car will be necessary for transportation between the classroom, dive boat, and hotel.

Workshop Fee  $350 (Includes Tanks)

Questions?  Send us an email!