2 Day Photo Workshop-Conception-April 11 & 12, 2015
This trip was the first full blown photo workshop that Channel Islands Dive Adventures has run and not only was it as big success it was a perfect opportunity for anyone with a camera to get some excellent one on one help and tips with Michael Zeigler and Todd Winner. Each has an excellent background in photography and together they recently started their own business-Immersed Imaging.
Based in Southern California, Todd and Michael have over 30 years of combined diving and underwater image-making experience. They recently created Immersed Imaging from their passion for sharing the beauty of the world’s oceans. Whether you’re just starting your journey in underwater imagery or a seasoned shooter, Todd and Michael will help you take your craft to the next level.
For this trip the weather wasn’t looking all that good so where we would end up was completely up in the air. Luckily the marine forecast wasn’t as bad as was expected and we did make it to San Miguel on Saturday although with the wind we were very limited to only 2 dive sites we could dive and they were Prince Island & Harer Rock. Of course there was no night dive because of the weather but then how many would have done one? With the water temp in the low 50’s and vis around 20ish feet and I think the presentation Todd & Michael did was much better than any night dive in those conditions.
On Sunday we made an early morning move to the frontside of Santa Cruz doing 3 dives at Campo Rockpile or half & half or Rockpile or ? It seems there were many names for this site. Then we moved to Tinkers Spot and then to our last dive at 5 Rocks before having a nice calm ride back to Santa Barbara Harbor arriving just about 6:00 pm.
The Conception worked out great and the crew and captain all did an excellent job doing the best they could with the weather we had and I know with weather like we had can be very challenging for the captain and crew to make the passengers happy. One good way to make the divers happy is good food and plenty of it and this was another thing they did an excellent job at!
We had 26 divers that were all fun & interesting people and I think it is safe to say everyone picked up some great tips, including myself. I have to also say “Thank You” to Bill Van Antwerp from LAUPS who also gave a helping hand when needed. Todd & Michael also put on a great presentation on how to get better pictures and more tips on how to achieve them. They also did a raffle with thank a BIG thank you going out to Samy’s and Immerse Imaging (Michael & Todd’s new company).
According to the surveys I got back it looks like there will be more of these type of trips in the future CIDA schedule.
Report by Ken Kollwitz