FULLY BOOKED. You can read a detailed introduction to all of Alex’s Cayman Workshops here. For reserve places or for advanced information on future Cayman Workshops please contact lesley@oceanfrontiers.com.

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. This year’s event is a little different, the usual one week workshop has been extended to 9 days to give you even more time on the best sites. Be sure to book now to join an event 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.

A long exposure of a group of tarpon (Megalops atlanticus) hunting a school of silversides (Atherinidae) in a coral cavern. East End, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, British West Indies. Caribbean Sea.

For further information and for reservations please contact lesley@oceanfrontiers.com and ask about Cayman Digital Madness with Alex Mustard.

WORKSHOP

This workshop will follow Alex’s classic Cayman wide angle photography class, where we shoot the very best of Grand Cayman’s diving. The week is dominated by Alex’s favourite photogenic and productive dive sites, with almost every boat trip being bespoke and not something that it is possible to do in exactly the way we do it at any other time. The subjects include colourful reef wall scenery, big animals such as stingrays, turtles and more, the photogenic Kittiwake wreck (which we will dive 4 times), atmospheric coral caverns and hopefully massive schools of silversides.

A large female, and two smaller male southern stingrays (Dasyatis americana) forage over seagrass in shallow water, accompanied by bar jacks (Caranx ruber). The Sandbar, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands. British West Indies. Caribbean Sea.

Yes, the timing of this workshop is all about the silversides. This small, silvery schooling fish are present year round in Grand Cayman, but typically in mid-summer their numbers bloom from thousands to millions. They spend the day sheltering in caverns and inside wrecks (the Kittiwake is one of Grand Cayman’s most reliable sites for them), dispersing at night to feed, and then returning, often to a different cave, for the following day. And the silversides attract predators – tarpon, jacks, groupers and snappers. Their numbers are not linked to the lunar cycle, so they cannot be predicted with certainty, but these dates have always proved the most reliable. Also our itinerary allows us to cover all sides of Grand Cayman to hunt for them. If they are about, we will find them and we will work them hard!

A diver (Chloé Marechal) swims out of the inner chamber of an old decompression chamber on the wreck of the USS Kittiwake. Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, British West Indies. Caribbean Sea.

Alex adds “I do not teach underwater photography using a paint by numbers approach. I will tell you what to do, but I want you to understand why you need to apply that technique in that way to get the killer image. I want you to leave my workshop a more knowledgeable and better underwater photographer, as well as with a collection of great images. I want you to understand what goes into stunning shots, so that you can take them on dives, whether I am there to help you on your next trip or not.” This is the aim of this workshop.

A pair of snorkellers (Chloé Marechal and Mark Tilley) explore the wreck of the USS Kittiwake on scooters. Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, British West Indies. Caribbean Sea.

THE PACKAGE

Note that there is just one 9 day workshops this time.

Digital Madness 2017: 30th July – 9th August. Max 14 photographers.

There are different accommodation options for this workshop, so please contact Lesley (details below) for options. Prices from $3130 to $3900 USD per person.

This workshop also runs back to back with Alex’s Cuba Workshop (it is possible to fly direct to Havana, less than 300 miles away), so it is possible to combine the trip for an Ultimate Caribbean Reef shoot.

A wide angle scenic photograph of the reef wall with assorted corals and sponges, including deepwater sea fans (Iciligorgia nodulifera) and orange elephant ear sponge (Agelas clathrodes), with diver and creole wrasse (Clepticus parrae) above. East End, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, British West Indies. Caribbean Sea.

WORKSHOP INCLUDES

10 Nights accommodation at the luxurious Compass Point Dive Resort, enjoy the luxury of rolling out of bed and onto the dive boat.

9 days of action packed diving with Alex Mustard and Ocean Frontiers (approx 22 dives in total), almost every dive trip we make is exclusive to this workshop, which you can’t do on a standard trip.

Group Size: Limit 14 Photographers plus Alex Mustard

Seminars, Workshops, 1:1 Session in pool; Group Image Review Sessions and pre-dive Tips & Tricks from Alex.

Pool Deck BBQ Buffet – final night celebration

Free High Speed Wi-Fi Internet Access for your entire stay

Rental Car for entire stay

Includes all room taxes.

Package Price:

US $3,230.00 per person double occupancy in a one-bedroom condominium

US $4,000.00 per person single occupancy in a one-bedroom condominium

US $3,515.00 per person double occupancy in a two bedroom oceanfront condominium

 

A male Caribbean reef shark (Carcharhinus perezi) cruises over a coral reef. East End, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, British West Indies. Caribbean Sea.

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.

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.

For further information and for reservations please contact lesley@oceanfrontiers.com and ask about Cayman Digital Madness with Alex Mustard.

You can also call Toll Free from the USA on 1 800 348 6096.

A snorkeller (Mark Tilley) swims through a school of silversides (Atherinidae), which are sheltering in a cave. Silversides aggregate in caverns during the middle of summer on some Caribbean reefs. Devil's Grotto, George Town, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, British West Indies. Caribbean Sea.

The video below shows silversides at a dive site called Grouper Grotto. This is the closest dive site to Ocean Frontiers dive shop on the East End of Grand Cayman. Another great East End dive site for silversides is Snapper Hole, where the BBC filmed the silverside sequence for the series Atlantic (watch sequence).