Jurassic Croc

Crocs @ The Chinchorro Reserve in Mexico

Crocs @ The Chinchorro Reserve in Mexico
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13 Comments | Report
AWAAphotos August 31, 2015
Great timing on the shot. Congrats on the win!
DEEphotograph October 09, 2015
Congrats!! Wonderful shot
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manueladurson October 11, 2015
I hope this croc was behind glass!
jasbirjohnsingh October 16, 2015
love this! what's the story behind it?
beabinka October 18, 2015
Great Action
ben_bannister_822 October 26, 2015
stuartslimp October 26, 2015
Great work. I am glad you are safe!
rhondaflynn October 26, 2015
This is intense! I love it.
chrisknight October 26, 2015
Join the conversation. Add a comment or even better, a critique. Let's get better together!
chrisknight October 26, 2015
Thank you to all the people that chose this photo and for all your kind comments!!
nicole_loizos October 31, 2015
What a shot!!!
CharlieV September 02, 2016
great capture
rajibbahar April 06, 2018
how did you capture it? did you dive? or put the camera on stick?

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Behind The Lens

This photo was taken on a recent trip to the Banco Chinchorro reserve in Mexico. It is a mangrove covered atol located about two hours off shore by boat from the Mexican mainland. Only a few fishermen live there in rudimentary conditions during fishing season. There is also a scientific base working all year-round in order to study the atoll's ecosystems. It is one of if not the only place where you can get in the water face to face with american crocodiles without a cage
This was taken at around midday / early afternoon
The sun was strong, the water was clear and we were close to the surface so I shot straight from the camera without any strobes
This is shot on a Sony rx100 mk2 in a nauticam underwater housing and uwl04 dome wet lens
I have spent a lot of time in the water photographing sharks but was amazed to find out I could get this close to a 3/4 meter croc!. I booked the trip straight away and was really exited to get the opportunity to do it
I took a few grains of sediment and a couple of large bubbles that were reflecting the sunlight in a strange way out with the spot healing brush in Photoshop. I also tweaked the clarity and contrast slightly
In my camera bag
On that trip just my Sony rx100 mk2 and the housing. I have recently purchased a canon 5d mk3 but it will be a long time before I can afford the housing to be able to take that underwater
To be honest, to catch a picture like this it's more about where you go and not what you know. As mentioned the conditions were great, shallow clear water and lots of light. I shot in shutter priority burst mode after working out the correct ISO for the conditions. I also used Center spot focussing and a fish eye lens

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