For those who want a little education with their vacation, we came upon Divi Flamingo Beach Resort in Bonaire hosting a master class in underwater photography, July 7-14, 2012, led by renowned underwater photographer Stephen Frink.
For those unaware, Bonaire is actually a special municipality of the Netherlands, consisting of the Caribbean island of Bonaire and, nestled in its western crescent, the uninhabited islet of Klein Bonaire. Together with Aruba and Curaçao it forms a group referred to as the ABC islands of the Leeward Antilles, the southern island chain of the Lesser Antilles. As Wikipedia points out, “The name Bonaire is thought to have originally come from the Caiquetio word ‘Bonay’. The early Spanish and Dutch modified its spelling to Bojnaj and also Bonaire, which means “Good Air”.
For this delicious photo/dive excursion, class participants will dive and shoot each morning and attend classes at the resort in the afternoon taught by Frink and his hand-picked experts in video and Photoshop® techniques.
Accommodations include deluxe beachfront room (double occupancy), daily breakfast, transportation to and from the Bonaire airport, five days of two-tank morning boat dives, unlimited shore diving, tanks, weights, weight belt and beach towels.
Eddie Tapp, well-known for his skills in Photoshop®, will be on location with Frink. Tapp is a Canon Explorer of Light, as is Frink (the only marine specialist in this elite, international group of photographers). In addition to hands-on guidance on camera and computer techniques, participants will have their morning’s dive photography evaluated by the pros in the afternoon class session.
The Digital Master Class in Underwater Photography is a rare departure for Frink, who normally teaches this class in his home waters of Key Largo, Florida. “Bonaire will be an incredible classroom for those divers wanting to improve their photography skills. There are unparalleled photo opportunities there,” says Frink. Bonaire is a world-class dive destination, presenting divers with ideal conditions for superb underwater photography in its clear, calm water that teems with fish.
Divi Flamingo Beach, a colorful and quaint beachside resort, offers 129 modern rooms – all recently renovated, restaurants, on-site casino, and the island’s premier dive operation with multiple boats, guides and dive shop. The resort is also completely handicapped accessible. The resort is offering a travel package that assures a “picture perfect” vacation combining deluxe accommodations, dive guides and photography instruction priced at $1874 per person.
So snap some fishies, fellas!