About Whitetips and Wonders with Mustard
Photo pro Alex Mustard is heading on the hunt for pelagics - join him to learn the secrets of his distinctive style as you sail to the big walls of Egypt's Southern Red Sea. From adrenalin racing oceanic white tip and dolphin encounters to the rich Red Sea corals of the deep south, you will have repeat dives at each site to maximise your chances of taking that cover worthy shot. This itinerary has been custom built and timed for the underwater photo opps. Long relaxed dives in the warm waters with no end of photo subjects and Alex' professional tuition... what more could a budding underwater photographer want?
Goals of the trip
One of the main goals of this trip is to photograph oceanic white tips. These are charismatic and inquisitive sharks that roam the seas but there are few places in the world where you reliably find them. In Egypt oceanics appear seasonally on deep wall sites (possibly for mating - the females bear large mating scars). Each year they migrate towards Brothers, Daedalus or Elphinstone and can be found in large numbers, usually between the surface and 10m. Their distinctive rounded fins tips and curiosity make them ideal photographic subjects.
Dolphins are another subject on this trip. The boat will usually stop at a lagoon, with the chance to snorkel with a pod of spinners or bottlenose. This is fast moving action and Alex will give a specific briefing on how to get the best results when snorkeling in the middle of a pod.
Alex will also be giving daily lectures on board covering reef wide angle photography, shark photography, making the most of covering caverns and caves and reef fish portraits. In the evenings there will be group review sessions.
As well as the oceanics and dolphins, there are many diving highlights to look forward to snapping.
Fury Shoal and St Johns are further areas of the Red Sea that is packed with must see dive sites for photographers. Here the hard corals steal the show. There are numerous macro subjects so you can switch out your wide angle lens and focus on fish portraiture. Several of the reefs in this region have shallow cave systems where you can experiment with light. The splendid anemones are usually very popular subjects!