About Dive into Ambon
Join Alex Mustard for his Macro and Wide Angle workshop - Dive into Ambon. The spice island of Ambon is nestled in the cosseting waters of the Banda Sea at the heart of the coral triangle. This is deepest Indonesia, on a straight line between Komodo and Raja Ampat, and unsurprisingly is a destination where marine life runs riot.
Ambon is a dream diving destination, particularly because the diving comes in two flavours. The protected waters of Ambon Bay are famed as a muck diving mecca, rich in rare and fascinating critters, and referred to as “Lembeh without the crowds”. This is the place that the famed psychedelic frogfish turns up from time. It is also known to be a great location for Rhinopias, as well as tonnes of froggies, nudis, octopus, pipefish, seahorses and all the typical muck diving creatures. Alex says “the plan is to spend the first half of the workshop focused on critter diving and macro.”
While Ambon Bay is enclosed and mucky, the waters outside on the south coast of Ambon and the neighbouring island of Haruku are clear and coral life thrives. In fact, these waters are so rich, that rare and delicate gorgonians seem to grow like weeds and the reefs teem with fish, making for a dream wide angle destination. Alex adds “after we’ve feasted on macro, we will switch focus on head into blue water for the second part of the trip. The teaching focus will switch to wide angle, but these sites are still packed with macro subjects, if you want to stay in macro mode.”
Goals of the trip
Alex will be giving daily lectures, with an emphasis on how to creatively compose and light your macro and wide angle photography. On most evenings there will be group review sessions to give feedback on your photos and to get ideas and inspiration from what others are producing.
The plan is to run the trip in two halves so we can immerse ourselves in macro techniques before specialising in wide angle.” Dive Into Ambon is run by Kaj (pronounced Kai) and Barb, who are well known in the underwater imaging an critter diving worlds (having spent three years at KBR, Lembeh).
“We have chartered both of Dive In Ambon’s 18m boats for the workshop,” says Alex. “The group will be split across the two vessels and we will dive different sites to give everyone photographic space. I will switch between the boats each day and we will also slowly rotate the groups around so that everyone dives with everyone. The plan is to repeat the richest sites until we’ve perfect shots!