Manta Fest – Pro media

Posted by: B_rad

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We are still experiencing the best of Yap diving conditions. Yesterday on an all day boat we had 3-for-3 awesome dives and everyone is bringing home packed SD cards. The pro presenters are leading the way out there and showing us how to get it done – today’s post is some of their work here during this Manta Fest.


David Fleetham

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ANEMONEFISH, Amphiprion perideraion, YAP, MICRONESIA.

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BLACKTIP REEF SHARKS, Carcharhinus melanopterus, YAP, MICRONESIA

REEF SHARKS AT THE SURFACE, YAP, MICRONESIA.

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BLACKTIP REEF SHARKS, Carcharhinus melanopterus, YAP, MICRONESIA


Frank Schneider

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Ray Bullion

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Tim Rock

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Participant Feedback

Over breakfast this morning Marty asked one of the contestants, Sheila, if she was getting anything out of the training and pro support. The answer is yes – and I’ll cosign that. We’re taking in info every evening and getting hands on with it the next day. Noticeable improvements in our photography from the last few days is showing.

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IMG_9084David set my rig up for macro with some of his own hardware and helped me bring home some of my proudest shots to date.

These guys are putting in the time with all of the guests with whatever they need.

Frank has been hosting impromptu workshops in the pool over beers and David is driving developing tutorials on the Crow’s Nest bar after dark.

IMG_9210All of this is sending us home a better photographer and breathing new life into our underwater game. Everyday we get to watch these guys in the water and see how they get those shots, from creeping up on sleeping sharks to waiting for that magic behavior moment to click the shutter.

Today I am jumping onboard with Frank and Andy for a wide angle shoot at Vertigo and looking for some Mantas. We have only 6 dives left before the contest judging begins and we see how this shootout wraps up for our guests.

There’s already 12 rooms booked for Manta Fest 2014 – note to self: Manta Ray Bay only has 35 rooms.

Date Posted: September 4, 2013 @ 8:05 am Comments (1)

1 Comment

  1. Sorry we had to miss out on the party this year. The best we can do is follow the activities posted on the blog…. Best of luck to all participants. Greetings to all the Mantafest and resort staff. We’ll see you next year!
    Ann and Ken

    Comment by Ann Donahue and Ken Sutherland — September 5, 2013 @ 5:21 am

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