I just returned from Dr. Alex's photo workshop in the Egyptian Red Sea. What a fantastic trip! The timing couldn't have been better as the political situation over the last few months has had the happy effect of keeping people away - we often had some dive sites completely to ourselves! Those who have dived this area know what a complete zoo some sites can be with sometimes a dozen (or more) boats rafted together with divers out of Sharm el Sheik. The trip was arranged to spend the first half diving the Thistlegorm, a British supply ship sunk by the Germans in 1941 and possibly the northern Red Sea's most famous wreck. Spending three days on the wreck gave us lots of time to scope out the most photogenic artifacts, return to improve our images and even plan out some shots with off-camera strobes.
The balance of the trip was on the best reefs in Ras Mohammend and Tiran. Alex made sure we were there at the right time to get the site's best shot and we went back to a couple sites repeatedly in order to photograph them at their best.
The group was primarily British (go figure) with a smattering of other Europeans and me, the token Yank. Everyone on the trip were fantastic diving and photography companions, cooperative and generous with their knowledge. It was pretty common to come into the salon and see a dozen laptops open, everyone looking over each other's shoulder sharing shooting and processing techniques and offering constructive critiques and advice. The good Doctor gave several talks on a whole variety of subjects from lighting and composition to how to get the signature image and made sure to spend time one-on-one with everyone. The crew let us dive our way ( ) and gave us the freedom to explore the sites on our own, a huge departure in an area that can sometimes have pretty rigid rules.
In short, everything you could ever want from a workshop. Very special thanks to Alex, the Whirlwind crew, and all the other participants for an absolutely fantastic trip! I'm already looking forward to next year!
More pics at http://www.philsokol...er/Red-Sea-0511
Edited by philsokol, 01 June 2011 - 05:40 AM.