FULLY BOOKED. We are pleased to announce that Wetpixel and Alex Mustard have again joined forces in Lembeh to run their highly popular Critter Photography Workshop. The five previous events have each sold out in hours and have gone on to produce some stunning images and been tremendous fun, so please get in contact with us soon to be a part of the next chapter of these events. Once again we are returning to Lembeh in the second half of the year, which is traditionally the hottest time of year in the Strait, “it is usually dry weather and peak season for many critters,” says Alex.

There are TWO 9-Night Workshops available (one is in early October 2020  and one in November/December 2020). Because they are slightly longer, we are not running them back to back this time. The teaching is planned to be identical and the critter action should be excellent during both, so select whichever date you prefer (although there is no rule against doing both as the critters in the Strait will have changed a bit between them). With the trip being a long way off there is a good chance spaces will open up, please email Adam Hanlon (adam@wetpixel.com) to be on the reserve list.

Alex says, “I expect many of the people booking this trip will know exactly what to expect since they have been part of one the previous events. So the good news is very little is changed, the stats are: 9 Nights in Lembeh Resort, with unlimited boat diving (30+ dives), with a maximum ratio of two photographers to each of Critters@Lembeh’s famous dive guides, the workshop, image review sessions, 18 photographers + Alex & Adam and all the extras included. Last time the group was divided across three boats, each visiting different sites to avoid congestion around the most desirable subjects and to give everyone the flexibility to produce special images, we plan to do the same again. This also gives us lots of information on which sites are producing and we can focus our attention on them.”

Alex says “Some trips exclude as much as possible from the package to bring the price down to make your book, they do this knowing they will leave you with an unpleasantly large bill at the end of your stay. Wetpixel trips always try and include all diving, nitrox and other extras an enthusiastic photographer needs in the upfront price. This event price includes the workshop, accommodation, unlimited diving (you can boat night dive every night), 2:1 photographer to guide ratio, nitrox, meals, snacks, a 2 hour massage, transfers and free laundry service. Even your gratuities for the resort and dive shop staff are included.”

The workshop will focus on the techniques of macro and critter photography. The lectures are not random talks, but are planned as a complete guide to critter photography, starting with fundamentals such as gear selection and optimisation, covering techniques for focusing and framing, then discussing high quality and creative lighting techniques, wide angle macro and many more innovative approaches, Alex adds “the course is very comprehensive and I even teach the techniques that I don’t like myself!” Alex gives an illustrated talk each morning after breakfast to provide you with the advice and ideas you need just before you go diving – the perfect chance to put it into practice. In the evenings, Alex conducts image review sessions where we will analyse the strengths and areas for improvement in the days’ images “it is a great chance to see what others have produced and get inspiration and suggestions for your own images,” says Alex. Alex and Adam will also be around all day, for chats over meals and on the boats, to help with gear in the camera room and pre and post dive photo advice out on the boats.

Our group will not dive all on one site, but will be split across three boats (Adam and Alex will rotate between them), so that we don’t overcrowd opportunities and can exchange notes on what has been seen where and repeat the sites that are most productive or providing shots of the most desirable critters. That said this is not a trip for wish lists, the goal is not seeing as many different critters as you can, but producing really outstanding critter photos. “The most common mistake photographers make in Lembeh is going home with lots of photos of great critters, but no great photos. The focus of this workshop is on producing great photos,” stresses Alex.

The main change to the workshop is that it is a bit longer this year. Not only does this mean more time in the lovely Lembeh Resort, those extra days give you a lot more time once your are in your photographic zone to produce those truly memorable images. Although we do expect some changes in which critters are most abundant during the two workshops, there is no way that we can say ahead of time if one workshop will be better than the other for sightings. “I suggest that you just book the one that suits your diary best,” says Alex, “although if you want to get a spot, it is probably best to not spend too long thinking about it!”

Alex has been diving in Lembeh since the 1990s and Lembeh Resort is a firm favorite of his and has seen it and the diving operation Critters@Lembeh evolve, through constant attention to detail, into arguably the finest dive resort in the world. “Lembeh Resort has so many fans I feel I don’t need to add anything. We have had such fabulous feedback on Lembeh Resort, Critters and the talented dive guides from each workshop, we are really excited to be taking the Wetpixel Critters workshop back there again,” says Alex. Read more about the resort (http://www.lembehresort.com).

VITALS

We know that these workshops will be very popular. So without further ado, here are the booking details!

WORKSHOP 1 – is 9 nights, 3-12th October 2020 and costs $5650 USD.

WORKSHOP 2 – is 9 nights, 28th November to 7th December 2020 and also costs $5650 USD.

In both cases, additional time in the resort can be arranged (subject to availability).

All packages based on double occupancy in Deluxe Cottage, other accommodation options available (ask Adam). We are opening up booking earlier this time, to give us more flexibility on room allocations within the resorts, for those that want single occupancy, upgrades etc.

A desposit of $2500 USD is required to secure your place, which is only refundable if Wetpixel can resell your place.

The package includes

  • Alex Mustard/Wetpixel Critter Photography Workshop
  • Unlimited guided boat dives (typically 4 per day) – all with Nitrox
  • Unlimited guided house reef dives with Nitrox (typically 7am-10pm)
  • 2:1 Photographer to Critters@Lembeh dive guide ratio
  • Alex Mustard’s Critter Photography Workshop
  • Airport transfers
  • All meals, snacks etc
  • One cocktail and one 2-hour spa treatment and free laundry service
  • All gratuities and tips for both the resort and dive centre

You can get a clear idea about these workshops from Adam’s live reports on Wetpixel from the 2018 events.

For further information, reservations and reserve list places, please email Adam (adam@wetpixel.com). Only a deposit can secure your place.

PAYMENTS

For both workshops:

  • A deposit of $2500 secures your place.
  • The second payment of $2500 will be due on 01 January 2020.
  • Balances (including any extras) will be due on 01 June 2020.

It is important to note that in the event of cancellation, Wetpixel will attempt to resell your booking. If this is possible, we will charge an administration fee. If it is not possible, we will have to withhold any payments. Wetpixel recommends that you have insurance in place to cover this eventuality.

All bookings are on a “first come, first served basis.” For this, reservation is not confirmed until payment is received. Trip information is also available on Wetpixel.