Above & Below Photography Workshop Series

Prepare yourself for a photography workshop series unlike any other. Seamlessly blending astrophotography, underwater photography, and landscape photography into one incredible week of hands on learning with 2 very special guest workshop leaders – Stan Moniz and Jay Clue. Throughout this series they will take you on a journey to some of the most breathtaking locations  and give you front row seats to some of the best ocean encounters on earth. Our first workshop in the series takes you to witness the magic of Baja California Sur and experience the largest aggregation of rays on our planet. Over the coming weeks we’ll be releasing the next programs in the Above & Below series including taking you to experience whale sharks, sea lion puppies, humpback whales, striped marlin, sharks, mantas, and so much more.

Mexico’s Baja California peninsula is a land of striking contrasts. The waters around its coast were nicknamed the World’s aquarium by the legendary ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau for their unmatched biodiversity and abundance of life. They play host to one third of the worlds marine mammal species and are said to have more migratory marine species than anywhere else on earth. Above the rich, neon turquoise waters you’ll find cactus forests, mangroves, dunes, and terracotta colored ragged desert mountains that reach up towards the heavens. On top of this Baja ranks as one of the best locations for astrophotography due to its dry semi desert climate and wealth of clear skies – on average it sees 350 days of clear skies every year. Add this to many areas having little to no light pollution and it creates perfectly dark skies dotted with millions of stars and clear views of the Milky Way. Join us today.

Above & Below Photo workshops in Baja California Sur, Astrophotography by Jay Clue
Above & Below photo workshops in Mexico with Stan Moniz and Jay Clue

The Experience

Each program in this series has been handcrafted by pro photographers Stan Moniz and Jay Clue to not only experience these awe inspiring encounters, but to get you the best chances for taking incredible shots of them. Throughout the week Jay & Stan will be hosting presentations and hands-on workshops to help you learn and improve your photography. Whether you’re a beginner just starting your journey into photography or a seasoned photographer looking to fine tune your craft they will be there to help. You’ll learn how to shoot beautiful underwater shots, time lapses, star trails, Milky Way shots, stunning golden hour landscapes and so much more. Plus they’ll be hosting Adobe Lightroom workshops on workflow and editing for underwater, landscape, & astro photos to take your shots to the next level. All of this while exploring a different beautiful location with jaw dropping ocean encounters for each program in the Above & Below series.

Workshop Leaders

Stan Moniz - Above & Below Photography Workshop Series

Stan Moniz

Sony Alpha Collective | www.StanMoniz.com | @stanmoniz

Born and raised in Oahu, Hawaii Stan was a child of the ocean. His passion for the waves led him to a career as a professional bodyboarder which transitioned into the creative space of capturing the beautiful moving ocean through photography and film. Now living in Orange County, California Stan is a published photographer with more than 15 years of experience. The surf now isn’t the only thing on his mind.

As a Sony ambassador and 1 of only 100 photographers in the world holding the prestigious Sony Alpha Collective title, he continues to push boundaries in the creative arts. With his infectious positive love for adventure, Stan has adapted a nature journalist approach to his content creation.  At a moment’s notice, Stan will drop everything to chase those awe-inspiring images. He seeks to move people and encourages them to get out there and experience what this big beautiful world has to offer and to appreciate the time we have here on planet Earth.

Versed in a variety of photo and video techniques, Stan works with many clients in making their artistic visions become a reality. He regularly leads some of the most incredible photography workshops taking guests all over the world from capturing the waves of Hawaii to the jaw dropping night skies of Iceland. His shots have been seen on everything from Apple to Patagonia and everywhere in between.

 

Jay Clue - Above & Below Photography Workshop Series

Jay Clue

Award Winning Underwater Photographer | www.JayClue.com | @jayclue

A true citizen of the world, Jay Clue has made a name for himself exploring some of the most sought after ocean encounters around the globe while fighting to protect them. Making his pro photo debut only 2 short years after picking up a camera Jay has taken the underwater photography world by storm. His unique style has seen his shots being featured in multiple heavy hitter publications such as National Geographic Traveller, Newsweek, Scuba Diving Magazine, and many more.

Jay is a born educator and a passionate conservationist. He aims to capture the beauty of our planets oceans through photography in hopes of inspiring the next generation of ocean defenders to take up arms. His work concentrates largely on oceanic predators & marine megafauna which has led to him developing courses on whale conservation, apex predators, devil rays and sustainable tourism; as well as authoring numerous articles for magazines such as Oceanographic, Saving Earth, and more.

When not shooting photos his time is spent creating unique ecotourism platforms with the team at Dive Ninja Expeditions that aim to use tourism as a platform to further marine research, conservation, and environmental awareness. This passion for protecting the ocean has earned him numerous accolades including being recognized as a PADI Torchbearer, a Mares Mexicanos Photographer, an Ocean Culture Life Storyteller, and a Nakawe Project Closed Hook Ambassador

Baja Mobula rays Above & Below Photography Workshop. Photo by Jay Clue for Dive Ninjas

May 28 – June 2, 2022

Above & Below – Mobula Rays

Join Stan & Jay and our friends from Viking International Phototours for this special workshop at the Dive Ninja oceanfront villa to experience the largest aggregation of rays on earth — Baja California’s annual Mobula ray aggregation! Throughout this trip we’ll spend time out on the ocean snorkeling and freediving with the gigantic schools of rays and shooting them breaching. Plus we’ll head out on land to capture some of this special area’s beautiful desert landscapes, mind-blowing sunsets, and star filled night skies. Stan & Jay will be hosting workshops and presentations throughout the trip on underwater photography, wildlife photography, landscape photography and astrophotography  as well as hands on training to help you take home incredible shots for your portfolio. 

Our accommodation for this special trip is a private beachfront villa located only steps from the ocean where you can even see whales & mobula rays jumping from the terrace.  The space comes equipped with wifi, satellite tv, and air conditioning while boasting lots of beautiful areas to unwind and take in the warm Baja sun between photo sessions. Or you can head out on our sea kayaks or paddle boards, or snorkel right right off the beach to cool off. Our in house private chef will be preparing 3 delicious meals each day and the house has full supply of snacks, soft drinks, beer and wine. Sign up today for this incredible experience.

Price: $4,990 USD.  Max Guests: 6 (4 spaces available)

 

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What’s The Cost?

This is a special limited offer photo workshop expedition. The expedition is 5 nights/6 days long with a maximum capacity of 6 guests.  The expedition package price is $4990 USD. All prices are per person and on shared double occupancy basis. If you are traveling solo, no problem! We will match you with another solo ninja guest of the same gender. Or if you prefer your own private room a single supplement upgrade is also available for an additional fee of $750. 

What’s Included

The trip price includes 4 days of in-water & land activities, workshops & presentations throughout the week, 5 nights hotel accommodation on a shared double occupancy basis, round trip transportation from Dive Ninjas HQ to/from the villa, chef prepared meals, soft drinks, beer and wine as well as use of kayaks and paddle boards on property. 

What’s Not Included

The price does not include flights, transfers from/to airport to/from Dive Ninjas HQ, rental equipment, and Crew Gratuity (10%-15% of trip price is customary but is at your discretion).

Anything Else?

Please note that this expedition is NOT scuba diving based. All the action takes place near the surface on average so there is no need for scuba equipment. Plus we have learned through experience that the encounters and interactions with the mobula rays are much more intimate and hundreds times better without scuba gear. Additionally, to better preserve the natural behaviors of these animals it is best done as a soft interaction without bubbles and heavy equipment. You do not need to be scuba certified or freediving certified to join these expeditions, but you do need to know how to swim and be comfortable swimming in the ocean. There are options to add-on scuba diving days if you’d like though. Please contact our team for more info. 

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Above & Below photography workshops in Baja California Sur MexicoMobula ray breaching in Baja Mexico by Jay Clue. underwater Wildlife photography workshops

Flights & Pre-Trip Activities Information

Our meeting point for this expedition is at Dive Ninja Expeditions HQ in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. The nearest airport is Los Cabos International Airport (airport code SJD).  Los Cabos International is also known as San Jose del Cabo International Airport by some airlines. Guests will meet at the Dive Ninjas office and be transferred to our accommodation and base camp about 2 hours north of Cabo. Our reservations team can help set up a transfer from the airport to the Dive Ninja HQ for you.  Los Cabos airport is serviced daily with domestic & international flights. We recommend arriving a day early to give you some time to relax and a little padding in case of any travel delays. Easy direct flights can be found from many cities in the US and Mexico. From the US flights are quite cheap – especially from the west coast and southwest US. From Europe flights are very affordable and usually include a layover in the southwest US or Mexico City. If transiting through the US please check in advance to see if you will need a US transit visa.

Since you will be visiting us at our home in Baja California there are numerous options to add on local diving and activities in Los Cabos and the surrounding areas before and after your expedition. Another great option would be to take a freediving course in Los Cabos prior to the trip so that you can get even more out of the experience with the mobulas.  Give us a shout and we can set up add-on packages to extend your trip to Baja.

Full moon at dawn with cactus in Baja Mexico by Stan Moniz. Landscape photography workshop