Philippines Photo workshop 29th Sep – 9th Oct 2010

This year we have decided to set sail to the Philippines, South of Mactan island.

I have personally been twice to the Philippines in the past and it certainly offers great opportunities for underwater photography and film. once more i wasn’t disapointed.

the first days we sail off the island of Cabialo where loads of hammerheads we used to be seen on the ” lighthouse” before a Japanese fishing boat passed by. I must have been an amazing dive in the past. Still you can see some large groupers down the wall as well as a group of  King fish and Barracuda.

the next days we head off to the island of Balicasag, my favorite dive spot. The island is surrounded by  a multitude of dives site, one as rich as the other. The diversity of subjects for the macro is unbelievable, several type of anemones, with all sort of clownfish, plenty of nudibranchs and also a wide range of colorful shrimps. The island is a marine reserve and plenty of turtles can be seen as well as school of Jacks and Barracudas. The water is so warm and calm, we were staying most of the time 80 minutes with only a short and lycra top.

We then spend 2 days around the island of Moal Boal. The small rock is surrounded by a school of sardines that attracts tuna, kingfish and thresher sharks. We were waking up at 5 every morning to see the sharks but we were unlucky. on the other hand, the sardines made some beautiful backgrounds for my wide angle shots.

the good about the Philippines is that it is an easy destination and also easy to dive. Not too much current and lots of photography opportunity. Have look at some of my shots and also at the little video made on my d300s.

For the video, please follow this link: Phillipines Workshop

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