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Dec, 2014

Green Sea Turtle

Green Sea Turtle

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Behind The Lens

This photo was shot at a "The Turtle Hospital" ( in Marathon, Florida. It's a non-profit organisation to rehab injured sea turtles and return them into their natural habitat. This green sea turtle was swimming in a big pool.It is awesome to see them from the near. They are very elegant swimmers.
My son and I where on a guided tour at 9am to learn something about the work of the hospital and the behavior of turtles.
The pool, where the turtle was swimming, not in the full sunshine. The light was perfect: not to harsh but still shadows
I used my Nikon D800 with an almost 20yrs old Nikon Micro 105mm 2.8, which is still my favorite lens. No tripod or flash.
I wanted to show so many details of the head as possible. It's fascinating to see the "teeth" fo this green sea turtle.
I increased a little bit the saturation and the sharpness. The photo is slightly croped.
In my camera bag
At this time on my travels I have my Nikon D800 and some lenses: AF-S NIKKOR 50 mm 1:1,8G, AF-S NIKKOR 80–400 mm 1:4,5–5,6G ED VR + 1.4 Teleconverter, two 20 years old lenses: Nikkor 28mm 2.8 AF, Nikon AF Micro NIKKOR 105 2.8 AF , Metz flashlight and a Gitzo tripod with Arca head.
You have to foresee where the turtle is coming up next time, to get the photo. So you have to observe the animal quite a while to get the rythym of breathing and movement. The turtle is "living" on the photo because it fills the frame.

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