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Reef Photo & Video Blue Heron Bridge Photo Workshops are now available at Pura Vida!

Pura Vida Divers has teamed up with Reef Photo & Video to offer photo-intensive instruction workshops at Blue Heron Bridge (Phil Foster Park).  The next class is scheduled for May 15th -18th, 2014.

This three day clinic focuses on macro photography at one of the finest macro sites in the world.  The best part is, this site is in our backyard!  Blue Heron Bridge is located on the inter coastal waterway just minutes from the shop.  Nestled in the corner between Singer Island and Peanut Island, the incoming high tide brings fresh water from the ocean but also provides protection from the ocean’s waves.  The bridge’s structure also provide protection and an amazing place for life to grow and flourish.  There may not be a better site to hold this kind of class.

Biodiversity at the Blue Heron Bridge dive site is unlike anything else in the tropical atlantic.  It is home to unusual critters like seahorses, frogfish, pipefish, jawfish, sea robins, batfish, stargazers, nudibranchs, flatworms, and a large array of juvenile tropical fish seeking protection before starting their lives out on the reef.  Tropical angelfish, spadefish, snook, barracuda, and jacks are found amongst the bridge pilings.  Eagle rays and stingrays feed in the sand flats, and manatees are even seen on occasion.

Class size is kept small to ensure you get the most out of your experience.  We also include a dive guide for every 2-3 divers.  Our guides are expert Blue Heron Critter Finders, and work for Pura Vida Divers or in the Reef Photo store. The guides will located and lead you from subject to subject, so that you may focus on taking pictures.  This is a stress free environment.  You don’t have to worry about carrying the dive flag, navigation or boat traffic.  Just relax and take pictures, the dive guides will take care of the rest.

Class begins Thursday night with a very thorough dive site briefing, a slideshow introducing the subject matter you’ll find, and some tips for photographing the marine life in the park.

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 cataloguing and editing, and a thorough digital workflow introduction is included.

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

We look forward to having you in class!

For more information or reservations, call or email.

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