February Meeting: Sailfish, and Caverns, and Cave! Oh, My

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February Meeting: Sailfish, and Caverns, and Cave! Oh, My
February 3, 2011 7:00 pm
February 3, 2011 10:00 pm
January 16, 2012
Arctica Bar & Grill
384 3rd Ave (27th & 28th st), New York, NY, United States


Special Note: This months meeting is on the first Thursday.
It’s a commonly held belief among underwater photographers who travel frequently to the Indo Pacific that the Caribbean doesn’t have much to offer. These people haven’t been to Mexico.
Matt Weiss and Jason Heller have just returned from a DivePhotoGuide.com expedition, where they led a small group to Southern Mexico, to photograph cenotes and sailfish, two very different but very exciting subjects.
Cenotes are sinkholes, containing fresh or brackish groundwater, found in Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula. The waters are amazingly clear and the light that penetrates these caverns is breathtaking.  These caverns are the gateways to some of the worlds longest cave systems. Another Mexico highlight,  sailfish, one of the fastest fish in the world, are found all over the tropical Atlantic, but come close to the shores of Isla Mujeres each winter to feed on sardines, offering divers a rare chance to get in the water with them.
What the group learned during the expedition was that while cenotes and sailfish are wildly different to photograph, one is an idle freshwater cavern system and the photographs are about the quality of the ambient light,  and the other, a fast predatory fish found in the open ocean that challenges the photographer physically as well as photographically,  they share two important characteristics – they are unique to Southern Mexico and they are world class photography subjects.  Best of all, to get to Mexico, it’s just a 4 hour flight from New York.
Join Matt and Jason for a talk with images on photographing Mexico’s cenotes and sailfish. They will recap their exciting expedition, explain the history behind the cenotes and biology behind the sailfish and, of course, offer tips on photographing these amazing subjects which are almost in our backyard!
Larry Cohen will talk about taking photographs in the cave zone. Cave diving and photography takes specialized skills. Larry will talk about what training and gear is required to dive in total darkness. He will then explain what is needed to capture the beauty of these amazing environments.
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