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jleiweke
 
jleiweke February 12, 2013
Congrats!
melissa3339
 
melissa3339 February 12, 2013
Scary! Great shot! Congrats!
Redjule PRO+
 
Redjule February 12, 2013
Very cool shot!
RachelFlint
 
RachelFlint February 12, 2013
Cool snap....love it! :-)
rachmonte
 
rachmonte February 12, 2013
Nice!
SarahKeates PRO
 
SarahKeates February 12, 2013
Great shot! Congrats!
pamm16 Premium
 
pamm16 February 12, 2013
Wow! Were you in a shark cage or just diving?
mailsmc PRO+
 
mailsmc February 12, 2013
Wow! Great shot! Congrats on your feature!
Baba
 
Baba February 12, 2013
thats awesome how did u get that
snowdon PRO
 
snowdon February 12, 2013
Incredible composition and detail. Congratulations on your feature
catini
 
catini February 12, 2013
Nice, congrats on your feature!
runcietta_marghe_4300 PRO+
 
runcietta_marghe_4300 February 12, 2013
WOW, He's so Brave, you are a fantastic Diving photographer, Congratulations..I love him
Inmar
 
Inmar February 12, 2013
Congrats on feature, well deserved, amazing shot !!!!
Carli
 
Carli February 12, 2013
amazing capture! congrats :D
AsCrowFlies
 
AsCrowFlies February 12, 2013
Stunning!
rmr731 PRO+
 
rmr731 February 12, 2013
Wow - cool capture! Congrats!
pterantula
 
pterantula February 12, 2013
Thx very much everyone! Funny - I actually never liked this shot until I saw it used without my consent in a magazine, so I went back and did a monochrome version and I like it quite a bit now. (And I was able to get the unauthorized user to pay a token fee.) I hope you guys get a moment to check out my other shots & my site, I think I have much better work than "this old thing"..... :P
tetvet PRO+
 
tetvet February 12, 2013
great shot, congrats
CanadianOutlaw
 
CanadianOutlaw February 12, 2013
Love the reflections on the shark ! Congrats !
safirahishami
 
safirahishami February 12, 2013
wow, awesome shot! congrats :))
shaunapalmquist Platinum
 
shaunapalmquist February 12, 2013
what a beauty! brilliant shot. congrats!
Wayne_Sr PRO+
 
Wayne_Sr February 12, 2013
Incredible B&W shot!! Congratulations on Feature photo..:~)
nitti
 
nitti February 12, 2013
Congrats
Monty
 
Monty February 12, 2013
Great shot. My favorite shark. Congrats.
CecilyH
 
CecilyH February 12, 2013
Holy cow this is incredible! Well done!!!
Rafal_Antoniuk
 
Rafal_Antoniuk February 12, 2013
Very nice capture. Congrats!
iceman2
 
iceman2 February 12, 2013
Excellent capture with that reflecting light.Congrats!
ADesign
 
ADesign February 12, 2013
Well deserved and Congrats.
Jewel
 
Jewel February 12, 2013
Nice, great shot! Congratulations on your feature!
devaleaugusta
 
devaleaugusta February 12, 2013
wow! very nice shot!!!!
rugbyguy444
 
rugbyguy444 February 12, 2013
Wow! amazing shot!
Congrats!
sunsetnurveins
 
sunsetnurveins February 12, 2013
wonderful shot!
jemoore76
 
jemoore76 February 12, 2013
Cool capture, congrats on your feature!
djensen Platinum
 
djensen February 12, 2013
Congrats on the feature!
lynnemk
 
lynnemk February 12, 2013
Great shot where was this?
rkperry215
 
rkperry215 February 12, 2013
Great shot!
Laura_
 
Laura_ February 12, 2013
Amazing! I like how the main focal point isn't just the nose of the shark. Great job!
kayacloud
 
kayacloud February 12, 2013
awesome!!!
SammyNJM
 
SammyNJM February 12, 2013
wow, incredible!
gunners42
 
gunners42 February 12, 2013
Awesome shot.............
fotobear
 
fotobear February 12, 2013
fantastic!!!!
Casper
 
Casper February 12, 2013
Very crisp shot, congrats
tsambaproductions
 
tsambaproductions February 13, 2013
congrats
thomassegars
 
thomassegars February 14, 2013
is this a great hite?
EyesofDavid
 
EyesofDavid February 15, 2013
Great work! Congrats!
Ujjwal
 
Ujjwal February 15, 2013
Nice.Congratulations.
redwriter Platinum
 
redwriter February 15, 2013
Beautiful shot. Congrats on your feature. - Jake
jesusfreak3520
 
jesusfreak3520 February 18, 2013
Awesome shot! Congrats on the feature!
abcreations
 
abcreations February 21, 2013
Scarry !!!
Yet too beautiful !!
abcreations
 
abcreations February 21, 2013
Scarry !!!
Yet too beautiful !!
arambecker
 
arambecker February 26, 2013
Very good! Love the detail!
KRPoole
 
KRPoole February 26, 2013
Oh my! Congrats!
Mayasrevenge
 
Mayasrevenge March 02, 2013
awesome!
Frostwings
 
Frostwings April 25, 2013
I am completely in love with the lighting pattern! Amazing
Grevandi
 
Grevandi September 12, 2013
fantastic......
toxictabasco
 
toxictabasco November 08, 2013
Wow.
BowmanLifeStudios
 
BowmanLifeStudios December 05, 2013
A beautiful Capture, Love the light play and patterns, Great detail an true master piece. Great Job!
BrunoHeeb PRO
 
BrunoHeeb April 18, 2015
amazing shot

Behind The Lens

Location
Just offshore of Isla Guadalupe, a small, lone island off the coast of Baja California (Mexico) - well known as one of the best places on Earth to see white sharks.
Time
Around midday or so - no one watches the clock when sharks are in the water, and everyone wants to spend as much time in the water as possible.
Lighting
Shooting in clear, shallow water in midday sun produces beautiful ripples of light and sometimes color. Shooting underwater is very dynamic, as a slight shift in camera angle may require split-second shutter and aperture adjustments, and a fast-moving body (like a shark) can leave you with several under- and overexposed shots in a single sequence. It's best to imagine the shot you want, and be ready to frame it up when it approaches, so you get the best coverage of natural light, and the best blend of strobefire.
Equipment
I used a Nikon D70s in an Ikelite housing, with a Nikkor 12-24mm lens under an 8" acrylic dome. I had a single Sea & Sea YS90 strobe, but on low power for faster recycling, and the fact that midday shallow water is very bright. I do intend to go back someday, as I since moved into a Nikon D300 with dual Sea & Sea strobes, and the underwater performance of the Tokina 10-17mm fisheye is amazing.
Inspiration
I love sharks, and few things in this world are as mesmerizing as a white shark - simultaneously otherworldly and inseparable from the ocean itself, awe-inspiring and even a bit shy and cute.
Editing
I was an extreme novice with an under-powered rig, so the majority of my shots from this trip are not great, so lots of processing experimentation was required. For this one, I tried a full color edit but it looked a bit unnatural (still cool though), so I took that refined version (contrast & sharpening, water spots removed, etc.) and converted to greyscale; I think it pops much more this way, while also looking less "edited" than the color version.
In my camera bag
These days, for walking around I just have my iPhone. I'm done carrying big things around if I'm not doing a targeted project. For travel, I'm stuck - I have a 50-pound Pelican case with the underwater rig and parts, and two Nikon D300 bodies in my backpack, along with the Tokina and a few Nikkor lenses. Even with only the clothes on my back, I pay lots of luggage fees.
Feedback
Honestly, getting cool shots at Isla Guadalupe is pretty easy - just keep shooting. As with most photography I've ever seen in my life, 80+% of an image is simply being at the right place at the right time (many great shots I've seen, in magazines and on websites, are 100% just simply being there); beyond that, just be patient and try to anticipate the animals' movements in order to capture then in interesting and unique behaviors.

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