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Recognition for a photo safari in the Yucatan cenotes in February 2012.

From 17 to 25 February 2012, we went to recognize 15 different cenotes in the Yucatan region in northern Mexico to prepare underwater photo safaris scheduled in 2013. Before taking a group of people to a destination that we do not know, we always perform a recognition. We dived into 15 different wells. This recognition has been a story for a magazine.

Organizing a photo workshop or a photo safari whether on land or underwater is not limited to taking people to dream destinations where we teach the technique to achieve the best shots possible. This is only part of our work. The dark side of the safari business is the recognition sites. In general, for a one-week trip, we make a preparation for two weeks. We must identify and test: dive sites, land sites to photograph, hotels, restaurants, dive cruises.

This is a very complex work that requires a lot of energy. Very often, when we end a recognition, we decide not to organize the photo safari because the conditions are not required either for security reasons or for low-interest subjects to photograph. In this case, it is a major setback for us because the money we spent is lost. This is part of our business risks. But when we decide to mount a project, it is because we are sure it is ideal for guests. Sometimes we have no interested person. In this case, it is still a loss for us. When we manage to bring together participants who trust us, it's a huge victory.

Today, we consider that 4 trips of recognition on 10 are losses for our company. This is a very high rate but it is constant since the time that we organize safaris. However we continue to do so because we think it is a rule of professional conduct and ethics to make this recognition phase to provide what is best for those who trust us.

Report in the Yucatan cenotes, Mexico. February 2012.

Report in the Yucatan cenotes, Mexico. February 2012.

Report in the Yucatan cenotes, Mexico. February 2012.

Report in the Yucatan cenotes, Mexico. February 2012.

Report in the Yucatan cenotes, Mexico. February 2012.

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Corporate reporting in Mexico in February 2012.

From February 4 to 11, 2012, we followed the 42 best customers of a French company specializing in manufacturing motorcycle parts. This trip was organized in Mexico in the Yucatan peninsula. One goal of this trip was the discovery of the Mayan culture whose the top event was the ceremony of Temazcal.
Our job was to track customers during the different activities and take photos. Every day we have accompanied the group all day. The objective that we had set was to provide pictures and a musical film on a USB key the day of departure. Corporate reporting fits perfectly with our travel photography business. We need to shoot portraits of people in action. We must seize the mood of the trip and show the emotions felt during the highlights. It is a hard work where we need to focus continuously. It is not easy as the participants are on vacation.
They came to relax. As for us, we came to work. We need to be present but not to be seen. The challenge is to take photos while being invisible. As always, participants are a little reluctant at first but very soon they forget us. We become part of the landscape. It feels exhilarating and quite extraordinary. This trip was special because it was very emotionnal. We shared unforgettable moments. We must confess that the people of this group knew each other because they already shared other trips. We were fully integrated. This report was a great success both for the tour organizers and officials of the company but also for us. We managed to deliver 1,000 photos and a movie the day of departure. It was very difficult. The nights were very short but we managed to once again honor our contract.

Corporate reporting in Mexico in February  2012.

Corporate reporting in Mexico in February  2012.

Corporate reporting in Mexico in February  2012.

Corporate reporting in Mexico in February  2012.

Corporate reporting in Mexico in February  2012.

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We were there on the France 2 TV news on January 27, 2012 at 1:00PM.

Several times a week, to stay abreast of current French, we watch the news on France 2: a national French TV network. That day, by an absolutely amazing chance, we decided to watch the news at 1:00PM. The guest of the day was Pierre Frolla, the world champion of apnea. We had the opportunity two years ago to make and to write a very nice story on this incredible diver. We were immediately attracted by a picture illustrating the background of the scene. We look at each other. We have the same thought. We know this picture. As soon as we start the server on which all our photos are stored. We launch the management software of our personnal stock. We make a search by typing the keywords "Pierre Frolla". Thirty images appear on the screen of our computer. Immediately, we recognize the famous image we saw on TV.

Once the surprise had passed, we start to laugh. Today we have over 70,000 photos in our personal stockf. We are able to recognize a picture we took, even after all these years. It is absolutely incredible.

The second thought that drives us is the pride. Pierre was photographed hundreds of times by different photographers. But it's an image we took he chose to illustre his interview. When we know the importance of his public image, we can only be proud of.

But we're a little upset because we have not been contacted. We're a little disappointed. We gave these pictures to Pierre, telling him he could use as he wishes in exchange for the reporting and the rights they had granted us. But we would have liked that he liked this image and would use it.

Finally, the most important thing in this little short story is that our work has once again was recognized. Moreover, it is a very great man that we respect very much for his integrity, his work and his kindness. We remain committed to our way of seeing life "always see the best side of events and move on".

France 2 TV news on January 27, 2012.

France 2 TV news on January 27, 2012.

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French diving show "Salon de la plongée de Paris", 2012 France.

From 13 to 16 January 2012, I had a booth as The French diving show for me, is the opportunity to meet all the diving players in France. It is also an opportunity to promote the photo workshops and safaris that we organize. I came with two hundred flyers advertising, two posters and a digital frame. The exhibition allows me to meet future participants for our photo safaris. I can respond orally to questions and expectations. For four days, I can also meet friends who come to me to get some news of us. This is a unique opportunity to maintain relations.

Usually, a day starts at 10 o'clock in the morning and ends at 19 hours except on the first day because it is a nocturnal rendezvous. We must stay until 10PM. The four days are a real marathon. First, we must stand for 9 hours daily. Then we need to talk and talk. It is impossible to rest a while. During the second day, I decided to offer me a small cup of coffee to rest a little bit. It took me about 25 minutes to travel the 50 yards that separated me from the bar and no less than 35 minutes to come back. The funny thing is that I had not even had time to drink the precious beverage as the queue was long in front of the bar. My progression in the aisles was punctuated by meetings with old customers, friends that I had not seen for a year. It was the only time I tried to escape. I thought it was better to stay on the stand.

During the show, I noticed that many people came specially to say hello and to have some news of us. They wanted to talk about the latest safari which they were involved or when is the next safari. Again this year, I was deeply impressed by some students who had done splendid books about trips we did together. Each of them had a picture of me in the album in memory of the unforgettable moments that we lived together. Finally, I realized how much these workshops and the safaris were important for the participants and also for me. I was able to say when and why each photograph of the books was taken. I never realized how much I could keep in mind so many stories. I had never realized how these meetings made me so happy.

After four days over, you probably think we're moving in a cafe or a restaurant to discuss about the event. You made a mistake because we had to remove the stand and pack all the equipment in boxes. Then we had to go to the store to unpack the truck and put away all the boxes in the shop. How do you want to go to dinner after such a day?

During the show, I had the great joy to see how some of our shots were used to realize the huge plastic wall poster of our partner Dune for the underwater safaris. This posters made of three parts were promoting the activities of the diving center, showing the extraordinary beauty of the Red Sea.

This show has been very successful for me. I made many contacts. Two new projects have emerged. Roll on next year!

French diving show Salon de la plongée de Paris

French diving show Salon de la plongée de Paris

French diving show Salon de la plongée de Paris

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Sailfish blenny in the Gulf of Mexico

The latin name of the Sailfish Blenny is Emblemaria pandionis. She has 1 to 2 inches length. Photo made during a diving cruise in the Gulf of Mexico on the site of Stetson Bank in July 2007 by 80 feet of depth. We had decided to dedicate the whole week end to photography this fish to complete our stock of photographs of the Gulf of Mexico. The first dive was just to find some holes sheltering Blennies. It is by the end of the third dive that we succeeded to take some photographs with a Blenny out of its hole. These fish are so scared that they live permanently in their hole. Sometimes they show their head out of the hole by curiosity and with a little chance, they leave brutally while agitating its body before going back quickly in their hole. This photo was taken with a 105mm which enabled us to remain at a distance from safety not to frighten him. To take a such shot, we remained stabilized during 20 minutes (without counting the previous dives). This type of photo requests a very great patience. The next time, we will try to photograph a female which is much clearer with a white belly.

A male sailfish blenny in the Gulf of Mexico, USA.

A male sailfish blenny in the Gulf of Mexico, USA.

A male sailfish blenny in the Gulf of Mexico, USA.

A male sailfish blenny in the Gulf of Mexico, USA.

A male sailfish blenny in the Gulf of Mexico, USA.

A male sailfish blenny in the Gulf of Mexico, USA.

A male sailfish blenny in the Gulf of Mexico, USA.

A male sailfish blenny in the Gulf of Mexico, USA.

A male sailfish blenny in the Gulf of Mexico, USA.

A male sailfish blenny in the Gulf of Mexico, USA.

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Fish of Safaga in the Red Sea, off Egypt.

Screensaver about fish of Safaga in the Red Sea.

This screensaver is dedicated to some species of fish that can be found at Safaga in the Red Sea. Safaga is a little known destination, but to explore the coral reef fish is certainly one of the best places in the region. More than one hundred species of fish have been identified. In the bay, the dives are very shallow and sheltered. Outside the bay, there are the famous drop offs of Panorama Reef and Abu Kefan.


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Saint John reef in the Red Sea, off Egypt.

Screensaver about Saint John reef in the Red Sea.

This screensaver is dedicated to St. John reefs in the southern Red Sea. This is certainly the richest in reef corals and fish of the region. It is a reef that is only accessible by boat because it is too far from the coast of Egypt. Saint John is a world of color and light.


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Landscape portfolio in Lights and Colors: a Contemplative and Artistic Interpretation of the Landscapes

Landscapes have always held an indescribable fascination for us. We have often been struck  speechless by aspects of a landscape that we had not dreamed of. It is rarely possible to describe what we see or the emotions that we experience. Photography allows us to capture those extraordinary moments when light and color combine to create incredible beauty.

Landscape photo portfolio in color. Amar Guillen, photographer.

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An artistic interpretation consistent with our photo vision

To be consistent with our artistic vision of photography, we find the lighting which complements the unique aspects of a landscape best and then photograph it in that light. We attach particular importance to the eye-catching details of a landscape.

For us, the primary purpose of landscape photography is to capture the atmosphere surrounding a landscape at a certain time. Depending on the season and the time of day, the same landscape may look very different at different times.

Experiencing the beauty of landscapes

Have you ever had the opportunity to be on top of a hill and to look down at the cloud-covered valley below? Have you ever felt the wonder of contemplating the Grand Canyon just as the first rays of sunlight reach the horizon? Have you ever seen a landscape during the blue hour? Have you ever been left speechless by awe as the rising sun slowly reveals an underwater landscape in the Red Sea?

We have had the chance to observe these scenes, and many others as well. We have felt emotions which it is impossible to describe. These are magical moments which only last a few minutes. The natural beauty of landscapes is always breathtaking, and we delight in the wonders that we see. To show them to others, we chose landscape photography. It allows us to bring to others all the values ​​attached to these natural beauties that we see.

Showing both far-off wonders and treasures hidden close to home

Through our landscape photographs, we show far-away landscapes, which are sometimes difficult to access, and also the hidden treasures that are right outside your door. When we look at a landscape, we try to act if it were the first time we have ever seen it, even when we actually walk by it every day.

We are always looking for hidden aspects of landscapes to show people something that they have never seen before, and to continue to surprise our audience with the beauty of the landscapes that they see every day.

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Wildlife portfolio: a contemplative and artistic interpretation of the wildlife world

We love wildlife, whether on land or underwater. We love to discover and observe wild animals in their natural environments. Photography allows us to preserve the scenes which we see.

Wildlife portfolio in color. Amar Guillen, Photographer

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An artistic interpretation consistent with our photo vision

To be consistent with our artistic vision, we are always looking for the most beautiful colors and lights to show land or underwater wildlife, to sublimate it. To create our wildlife photographs, we are also working to show out the details whether on the skin, in furs or feathers.

The fragility of the animal world

You certainly know the names of a number of wild animals. You have probably had the opportunity to watch videos or see pictures of animals. But how often have you actually been close to them - even those who live near you? We try to show you with our photographs that it is possible to observe animals in order to learn more about them and how to preserve beautiful, fragile species.

Preserving the emotion of an encounter

Have you ever looked a deer in the eye and see his surprise when he notices you at the corner of a forest road? Have you ever felt the excitement of dealing with a sow whose hair bristles when you get too close to her piglets? Have you ever felt the cold determination of a shark as it looks at you from just yards away? We have had the chance to experience many such fleeting but very intense emotions. We always keep them in our memories. Sometimes we can capture them with our cameras. It is always exciting to take pictures because we know that we can share that image with others and express what we felt in that instant.

Wildlife portraits

In our pictures we always show the animals in their natural environments. We try to create photographs using backgrounds that bring out the best in our subjects. We have developed our own photographic approach. We do not limit ourselves to simple portraits of animals. Instead, we use a holistic approach, showing them in their home environments. We show others the environment in which we all live. Beautiful photographs of animals help educate people about the fragility of a fascinating and relatively unknown world, while inspiring them to go out and explore.

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Underwater portfolio in lights and colors: a contemplative and artistic interpretation of the underwater world

Scuba diving has always been a normal activity for us. Swimming under water is second nature. Our dives allow us to see marine animals and seascapes, which are far more varied and rich than what we see on land.

Underwater photo portfolio in color. Amar Guillen, photographer.

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An artistic interpretation consistent with our photo vision

To be in consistent with our vision of photography, we always use the best natural or artificial lighting to showcase our subjects and highlight colors that would not be visible otherwise. We strive to show as much detail as possible, in order to captivate the audience. We like to show all the details of the scales, skins or shells of marine animals. The underwater world is unique and magical. It inspires people to dream. In our photographs, we try to show all the beauty of this world, because it needs our protection.

A very fragile world

To describe and demonstrate the fragility of this environment which so few people know, we chose photography. One look at a photo is enough to convince an audience of the wide variety of species, the beautiful sceneries and the unique character of the lights found under the sea. Underwater photography allows us to capture moments of surprising beauty that we can share with others, whether they are divers or not, once we are back on land.

The number large of species is important in maintaining the ocean’s delicate ecological balance, and their population density is impressive. The scenery is breathtaking. It is impossible to say how many times we have remained suspended contemplating coral colonies that had taken possession of a place. We always experience the same indescribable emotions whenever we dive.

A truly three-dimensional world

Underwater, we can move in three dimensions in a way which is impossible on land. We can go in every possible direction. We can even comfortably stay upside down. But human physiology limits the amount of time we can spend underwater. A diver cannot stay underwater for more than one hour with a standard diving tank.  We have always wanted to preserve the scenes which we see underwater so that we can enjoy them and share them with others on land.

Underwater wildlife and seascapes

In our underwater photography, we always show marine animals as a part of their environments.  This gives our audiences a better idea of what the underwater world is really like. As with wildlife photography on land, we have developed our own approach: environmental wildlife photography. When we take a picture, we keep the subject in balance with its environment.  They are both important parts of the photograph.

Seascapes are often formed by corals, which are, in fact, animals. They can colonize entire sections of an underwater drop-off. Their colors seem to sparkle and they give a unique texture to scenes which is only found in the underwater world. In some cold or temperate regions, corals are replaced by kelp forests. The emotions which we feel when we swim in these underwater forests are comparable to those which we experience in the undergrowth of a forest on land.

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