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Green Turtle at our Turtle Hospital in Cairns Australia.

Green Turtle at our Turtle Hospital in Cairns Australia.
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25 Comments | Report
nolanphotoimaging December 31, 2014
Great shot, it's so good to see these guys when they're doing well. My wife and I volunteer at the Magnetic Island Network for Turtles - MINT
Scubadaddy February 23, 2015
That is great to hear, hope i will get down to magnetic in the near future!
fernandoamato February 15, 2015
Great shot
kathymuhle PRO+
kathymuhle February 16, 2015
Another great one - voted Marine
Papa2Girls February 17, 2015
Just WOW......
RobClaysPhotos February 17, 2015
Stunning image!!
Scubadaddy February 17, 2015
Thank you for all the comments ;)
AlanJakarta February 17, 2015
Marvelous well-timed capture of the capture. Congratulations on being the People's Choice Winner.
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kathymuhle February 19, 2015
Congrats on getting People's Choice! Awesome photo!
viviannunez February 19, 2015
Great shot!
giuseppedip50 February 20, 2015
Fantastic capture!Great shot!Compliments and best regards.
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kathymuhle February 23, 2015
You Won!! Congratulations and well done!
jeanniechris February 23, 2015
Amazing photo.
janetregaskis February 24, 2015
Just magnificent, congrats on your winnings you must be thrilled to have the honor of capturing such an amazing shot. I'm envious :)
dixie February 24, 2015
Well done well deserved cracking shot
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janland February 24, 2015
Fabulous capture! Fantastic timing and detail! Congrats!
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sebastianmuglia February 24, 2015
Very good Christian, compliments!
claudia_lothering_1704 February 25, 2015
A critique is requested but there is nothing but wonderment at this shot. It is truly one of the best shots I have seen in my 3 years on Viewbug. The shades of colours, the clarity and the action happening in this shot is mindblowing. I assume you have a really good underwater camera?
frederickwwalanda February 28, 2015
Great Shot and Congrats
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donnarenzulli March 01, 2015
wonderful shot...quite impressive and worthy of the win!!!
cwyattbeck March 04, 2015
Congrats on the win! Can you email me at for your prize? Thanks!
zahidurrahman March 04, 2015
Amazing. Beautiful.
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Q-Vision March 05, 2015
Congrats on the Win. Amazing capture with a great nature story.
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terryc March 19, 2015
Fantastic shot!
dianeflynn December 18, 2015
WOW that is spectacular! Might have to book a holiday to Cairns :)
stephaniedixon_1883 May 11, 2021
Absolutely stunning
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Behind The Lens

I took this photo on Fitzroy Island - in the Great Barrier Reef Australia.
It was around mid-day!
I am using two ikelite strobes
I am using an Aquatica Housing, as mentioned the Ikelite strobes, the Nikon D800 and Tokina 10-17mm lens at 17mm.
I am one of the directors of a Turtle Hospital. To take care of the animals we rely completely on public donations. We run the facility with about 60-70 volunteers that work hard every single day. Since i started to take images of our patients, document how we find them and when we release them we managed to get a lot of media attention, resulting into more funds so we where able to constantly improve our facilities and take on more sick and injured animals. I wanted to really highlight the turtles, show how their health improves and give them some character.
Yes i do cross processing between Adobe Lightroom CC and Photoshop CC. For sharpening i use Topaz Detail, then i do a lot of Dodge&Burn, plus painting some colour and remove backstcatter etc.
In my camera bag
I always have two cameras with me, and i mean ALWAYS. Usually the Nikon D800, D810 or D750. The lenses i keep in my back are the Nikkor 24-70f2.8, 70-200f.28, 50mmf1.4, Tokina 10-17 and the Tokina Macro 100f2.8. I usually have a motion slider for time lapses and some GoPro 4's with me, also the SB910 flash, sometimes studio flashes, and then of course my underwater gear. yeah i wish i could travel light ;)
Well i think i am in a pretty unique position as i am working with marine life both in the wild and in care. You need to know which animals are ok with a camera and which ones you should not disturb. We do have extremely friendly Sea Turtles on some local reef where they are used to people. The literally follow you - giving you endless opportunities for photographs. The importance is to work on the animals terms and not to force it just for the sake of an image.

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