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Blue Heron Bridge Workshops 2019

The Reef Photo and Video Blue Heron Bridge
Photo Workshops in Palm Beach, Florida

Photo-intensive instruction at an easily accessible, subject-rich location!

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      Workshop participants diving at Blue Heron Bridge. ©Tanya Burnett
      We keep class sizes small to ensure you get the most out of your experience!


      Take advantage of one of the finest macro sites in the world, our own Blue Heron Bridge, located in West Palm Beach, FL. This 3 day clinic focuses on macro photography, and there may not be a better setting anywhere to hold this kind of class.  The bridge is actually located on the intracoastal waterway, inshore. This protected area has great tidal exchange, protection from two bridge structures, and an island (Phil Foster Park).

      A curious octopus—one of the many creatures 
      you're likely to find while diving Blue Heron Bridge. ©Shen Collazo

      The diversity of macro life at the Blue Heron Bridge dive site is unlike anything else in the tropical Atlantic. Unusual critters like seahorses, frogfish, pipefish, sea robins, batfish, stargazers, nudibranchs, and flatworms, are common sightings.  A host of juveniles start their lives in this protected area before moving out on the reef.  Tropical angelfish, spadefish, barracuda, and jacks are found amongst the bridge pilings.  Eagle rays and stingrays feed in the sand flats, and manatees are even seen on occasion.

      Batfish make excellent models, allowing you to experiment with your lighting. © Shen Collazo

      The seaweed blenny is abundant and a great subject for using close-up wet lens adapters. ©Tim Sullivan

       Seahorses can be disguised. Our dive guides will help you find them! 
       © Shen Collazo

      Male banded Jawfish. Let us help you 
      find one incubating eggs. © Alan Egan


      In addition to photo instruction, this class includes a dive guide for every 2-3 divers. Our guides work for local dive operators or in the Reef Photo store, and are expert Blue Heron Critter Finders. Our guests can focus on taking pictures, and we'll lead you from subject to subject. No stress about dragging around a dive flag, navigation, or boat traffic; just relax and take pictures!

      Conditions at Blue Heron Bridge are ideally suited 
      for participants to relax and focus on photography. 
      ©Tanya Burnett

      We'll begin Thursday night with a very thorough briefing of the site, a slideshow introducing the subject matter you'll find, and some tips for photographing the marine life in the park.

      Classroom topics will start with macro camera settings, focus strategies, and exposure tips. Once you've got a grasp on the basics, more advanced lighting, composition, and creative effects can be explored.  Our staff uses Adobe Photoshop Lightroom for image cataloging and editing, and a thorough digital workflow introduction is included.

      Learn Techniques such as Black Background and Blue background using your camera settings! 

      Sharing is a big part of this event, and we'll run slide shows for inspiration, critique, or just show and tell in each classroom session.



      Lodging and meals are not included.  The following hotels are recommended:


      **Mention that you are diving with Pura Vida Divers for special perks!**


      Singer Island Hotels (walking distance from Pura Vida)


      Hilton Singer Island

      3700 State Highway 703 
      Riviera Beach, FL 33404
      (561) 848-3888 (ask for the Dive Rate)


      Sunshine Shores- Resort Apartments 

      101 Blossom Ln,
      Palm Beach Shores, FL 33404
      For reservations, please contact Derek LaRosa:
      561.844.6194- office


      Marriott Singer Island 

      3800 North Ocean Drive
      Singer Island, Florida 33404
      (561) 340-1700
      Toll-free: 1-877-239-5610


      West Palm Beach Hotels (driving distance from Pura Vida)


      Marriott Palm Beach Gardens 

      4000 RCA Blvd,
      Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410
      For Diver Rate contact Derrick Steinour

      Book Online and use the promo code D21 under special rates and rewards 


      Best Western Palm Beach Gardens Hotel & Suites 

      11360 US Hwy 1
      Palm Beach Gardens FL 33408
      For Reservations call:  561-844-8448


      DoubleTree: Palm Beach Gardens 

      4431 PGA Blvd
      Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410
      (561) 622-2260


      Holiday Inn Express-Juno Beach 

      1395 US Highway One
      Juno Beach, FL  33436


      Getting Here:

      The dive site is around 20 minutes from Palm Beach International Airport (PBI), and around one hour from Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport (FLL).   If you are flying in from out of town, a rental car will be necessary for transportation between the classroom, dive site, and hotel.

      Click to see a Google map of the dive site, hotels, airports, Reef Photo retail showroom, and classroom location.

      Questions? Send us an email!

      Sample Schedule:  Schedule will vary from workshop to workshop, based on tides.  See workshop dates for more information.

      Day Time Event
      Thursday Evening 6:00- 8:30 PM Camera Check, Slideshow, Orientation and Dive Site Briefing, Fort Lauderdale*
      Friday  08:00 - 5:45 PM Workshop hours
          09:00AM - 11:00 AM   Dive (time is approximate)
      Saturday 09:00 -  5:45 PM Workshop hours
          10:00AM - 12:00 PM   Dive (time is approximate)
      Sunday 09:00 - 5:00 PM Workshop hours
          11:00AM - 1:00 PM   Dive (time is approximate)

      *Thursday evening orientation, slideshow, and briefing will be held at the Reef Photo & Video Store, Fort Lauderdale.  All other classroom sessions will be held close to the dive site.

      To provide you with the best experience, this schedule may be modified due to weather, ocean conditions, or other factors.  All divers will be required to carry a fishing line cutting device while diving.


      This 3-day workshop is priced at $450, including instruction, diving, and the following:

      What is included:

      Workshop fee includes tanks, fills, and weights to be provided by Pura Vida Divers

      We will be using 80 cubic foot aluminum air tanks equipped with yoke valves; if you need DIN valves, please notify us several days before class.  Also, please let us know how much lead weight you would like.  We will arrange delivery of tanks & weights to you at the dive site.

      For any other diving equipment needs, please contact Pura Vida Divers directly and tell them you will be participating in the Reef Photo & Video photography workshop.

      We take care of arrangements for the following which are included in your workshop fee (tips not included):

      • dive weights, tank rentals, & air fills
      • transporting tanks between dive shop and the workshop dives
      • dive guides, diver down flags; dive boat when applicable
      • classroom facilities


      • All of your dive gear other than weights & tank (if you need anything else, please pre-arrange for it through Pura Vida Divers.)
      • A cutting device (for fishing line) and a compass.
      • Laptop with image processing software installed for classroom sessions.  Adobe has a free 7-day trial for you.
      • Your diver certification card; checking certifications over the internet is time-consuming and not always reliable.
      • Your underwater camera gear.
      • Memory card(s) for your camera.

      Cancellation Policy:

      Class sizes are limited and your workshop reservation is secured at the time of payment.  We want you to concentrate on improving your underwater photography skills, not worry about arranging dives.  Making these workshops as fun and productive as possible involves many contractual obligations on our part, therefore workshop fees can only be refunded if cancelled 14 or more days in advance.

      Join us! We have several workshops throughout the year to fit your schedule.

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