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Tiger shark heading straight for me in the Bahamas

Tiger shark heading straight for me in the Bahamas
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mindaugaskeraitis
 
mindaugaskeraitis July 01, 2016
If we can see picture that means photographer is still a live... ?
Greatwhitesean
Greatwhitesean July 02, 2016
I'm very much alive and looking forward to seeing more sharks one day. ????
kevinschr
 
kevinschr July 03, 2016
So easy, so clean but absolutely breathtaking. The picture is incredible but I'm not able to imagine how awesome it must be to see that in real.
Greatwhitesean
Greatwhitesean July 13, 2016
Thank you Kevin. It truly is a wonderful experience. :)
Henrymarbel PRO+
 
Henrymarbel August 03, 2016
Beautiful picture! I can see it in animals and sea contest, but I hardly understand why it's in the "energy" contest, could you please clarify so I can vote it please? Thanks so much. Great gallery!
Greatwhitesean
Greatwhitesean August 08, 2016
Hi. Sorry for late reply. I have been super busy and only just got back on ViewBug. I am not actually too sure why it is in the Energy category. I think I may have entered it by mistake thinking it was another category. Thinking outside the box though you could say water energy. ;). Thank you I appreciate your comments and glad you like my gallery
ryansnodgrass
 
ryansnodgrass September 02, 2016
Positively stunning... heading off to snap some great whites this week, you just gave me a great idea for a shot!
Greatwhitesean
Greatwhitesean September 03, 2016
Many thanks. Enjoy your trip
sheenaraepasswater
 
sheenaraepasswater September 02, 2016
Oh wow, this is truly amazing! Great capture!!
Greatwhitesean
Greatwhitesean September 03, 2016
Many thanks.
OctaviaL
 
OctaviaL September 07, 2016
I see this and instantly think of JAWS.... Wow!! Incredible shot...
Greatwhitesean
Greatwhitesean September 07, 2016
Many thanks Gailsworld
julie_cavell
 
julie_cavell September 12, 2016
Absolutely brilliant shot
Greatwhitesean
Greatwhitesean September 19, 2016
Thank you. :)
giselleneill
 
giselleneill September 12, 2016
The Jaws theme song comes to mind!!!
Greatwhitesean
Greatwhitesean September 19, 2016
:)
amandalock
 
amandalock September 15, 2016
IN-SANE!! ???? I would die! But this is INCREDIBLE!
Greatwhitesean
Greatwhitesean September 19, 2016
Thank you it was an amazing experience. :)
Louisblue
 
Louisblue September 26, 2016
Great shot ..
Greatwhitesean
Greatwhitesean October 02, 2016
Thank you. :)
WelshMorphs
 
WelshMorphs September 26, 2016
Amazing I love it!!!!!
Greatwhitesean
Greatwhitesean October 02, 2016
Thank you. :)
michaeltillman PRO+
 
michaeltillman September 26, 2016
All I can say is, "your one brave soul". Great shot.
Greatwhitesean
Greatwhitesean October 02, 2016
Thank you. :)
cyrillinegoodman
 
cyrillinegoodman October 11, 2016
GREAT SHOT! INTENSE! Congratulations on being a finalist.
Greatwhitesean
Greatwhitesean October 13, 2016
Thank you :)
MikeW PRO+
 
MikeW October 31, 2016
The view you want, but don't want! Excellent capture; glad you made it in one piece!
Greatwhitesean
Greatwhitesean November 01, 2016
Thank you. :)
simonevaristo
 
simonevaristo November 22, 2016
Wow
Fantastic
only for brave photographer
Greatwhitesean
Greatwhitesean November 22, 2016
Thank you Simon. :)
kathygudmundson PRO
 
kathygudmundson November 23, 2016
Holy smokes! Your heart must have been pumping extra beats that day! Simply magnificent photo.
Greatwhitesean
Greatwhitesean November 24, 2016
Was more relaxed than in normal life. Feel at home in the ocean with sharks. :). Many thanks.
shema
 
shema January 08, 2017
whoa, gets the heart pumping! awesome!
Greatwhitesean
Greatwhitesean January 10, 2017
Thank you :)
uhunachdemwaldbrand PRO
 
uhunachdemwaldbrand February 17, 2017
chapeau
Cat72
 
Cat72 March 11, 2017
Was going to go to the beach today ..... might stay in
grandmaof7 PRO+
 
grandmaof7 May 12, 2017
Awesome photo!!!
Greatwhitesean
Greatwhitesean May 15, 2017
Thank you :)
KLClosely
 
KLClosely May 16, 2017
So, I have to know.......You have absolutely no fear in a moment like this?? Please describe what you were feeling at this moment. Thank you.
Greatwhitesean
Greatwhitesean May 18, 2017
Excitement coupled with calmness. Staying calm so I can line up the shot and knowing this shark isn't there to attack me. It's inquisitive but as long as stay calm the situation is a good one.
thedaintyarmadillo
 
thedaintyarmadillo May 31, 2017
I feel like anyone getting an almost completely symmetrical photo while staring into the face of life threatening danger deserves to win this contest! Yowza!
Greatwhitesean
Greatwhitesean June 02, 2017
Thank you. Your words mean a lot. :)
cjaimaging
 
cjaimaging June 05, 2017
Phenomenal!!
Greatwhitesean
Greatwhitesean June 06, 2017
Thank you. :)
robdowner PRO
 
robdowner June 11, 2017
That's very cool
Greatwhitesean
Greatwhitesean June 13, 2017
Thank you :)
pamelareid_0566
 
pamelareid_0566 June 11, 2017
Wow!
Greatwhitesean
Greatwhitesean June 13, 2017
Thank you :)
nicklarghi_9333
 
nicklarghi_9333 June 18, 2017
Tiger beach?
Greatwhitesean
Greatwhitesean June 23, 2017
Sure is. :)
Alfredo_Jose PRO+
 
Alfredo_Jose July 25, 2017
Stunning!
Greatwhitesean
Greatwhitesean July 26, 2017
Thank you
irisbraun PRO+
 
irisbraun July 26, 2017
WOW!!!
Greatwhitesean
Greatwhitesean August 08, 2017
Thank you :)
stuartwadeson Premium
 
stuartwadeson July 29, 2017
Incredible capture,so crisp and clear
Greatwhitesean
Greatwhitesean August 08, 2017
Thank you :)
andy52
 
andy52 July 30, 2017
As soon as I saw this picture I was filled with a sense of awe which sent a tingle down my back. A great shot of a predator, you did well, and braver than me.
Take care out there.
Greatwhitesean
Greatwhitesean August 08, 2017
Thank you for your kind words. :)
annaphilpott
 
annaphilpott August 27, 2017
horrifying!!
Greatwhitesean
Greatwhitesean September 03, 2017
;). they are great fun.
CraigWilsonUK
 
CraigWilsonUK September 01, 2017
Scary
Greatwhitesean
Greatwhitesean September 03, 2017
;). they are great fun.
imandeepsidhu
 
imandeepsidhu October 17, 2017
Terrible
Greatwhitesean
Greatwhitesean October 19, 2017
Whats terrible?
hayleydavis_5206
 
hayleydavis_5206 December 29, 2018
This is so beautiful
keithstonehouse
 
keithstonehouse January 17, 2019
I'm thinking , Swim for it !!!\nbrilliant
okie918
 
okie918 January 18, 2019
This photo is amazing!! How scared were you and were you in a cage? Nice job

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Behind The Lens

Location
I took this photo at a special place called Tiger Beach off the coast of Grand Bahama Island. A shallow dive site at around 13 metres to the seafloor where we was living on an old converted trawler boat called the Dolphin Dream for a week of amazing shark diving. This particular place is probably the most famous dive site for big Tiger Shark action and it didn't disappoint.
Time
It's difficult for me to pinpoint an exact time of day as we were aiming for 4-5 dives a day but the weather on the open ocean can be challenging and also meant we sometimes had to cut days short and move on. I'm pretty sure on this particular day the weather wasn't brilliant and we got a couple dives done early and then moved the boat on to calmer waters. This dive I'm pretty sure was an early afternoon dive where the ambient light for diving shallow water should be at it's best.
Lighting
With the ambient light coming through the ocean not being as good as a clear day it meant my strobes were essential to lighting the shark and really bring out the blue in the ocean. Colours are lost easily underwater starting with red, orange e.t.c. so artificial light is great for bringing the colours back in that we can miss with the naked eye. As the shark was swimming close to the seafloor it was essential for me to have the strobes pointing slightly up as I didn't want to blast out the sand and over expose the it. I must admit on this shot I didn't get it perfect and some sand was still illuminated by the light of the strobes and became over-exposed. I also needed to tilt the strobes at an angle away from my camera to the right and left as I also didn't want to over-expose the white on the shark. It was also important to have my strobes positioned behind my dome port slightly as in the wrong position you can get a lot of back scatter with the microscopic bits floating in the ocean.
Equipment
The camera I used for this shot was an Olympus OMD-EM10 with Panasonic 8mm Fisheye lens. This was put into a custom built Nauticam housing specific to the camera and it's controls. I then had fibre optic cables running from the housing where the flash is to each strobe so they would be triggered by the flash on my camera. I use 2 INON Z-240 strobes when shooting underwater.
Inspiration
I have always been fascinated with sharks from a young age watching the film jaws and countless nature/wildlife programmes you find across the different natural history channels. So once I started diving I knew I wanted to dive with as many sharks as possible and then the fascination with photography and specifically underwater photography where a trip to Tiger Beach to see the Tiger Sharks is a no-brainer. There are countless photos shared by many underwater photographers of the Tiger Sharks of Tiger Beach and the amazing shallow water allows for many amazing shots that just scream for you to visit and get your own. This particular shot of a Tiger Shark head on I imagined before I went and had to be patient to make sure the symmetry was right before I pulled the trigger.
Editing
Post-processing is essential in underwater photography I feel as colours are lost so easily underwater, so it creates a much better image to get those colours back into the photo. Reds especially as they are the 1st to go and adding red back really brings underwater shots back to life. I also cropped the photo slightly to get the symmetry bang on to where I wanted the shark direct centre. There was also minor spot removal as backscatter is a major issue in underwater photography and sometimes if the sea isn't the most clear it can be difficult to get a shot completely clear of microscopic dots. Clean up is essential. I also reduce the highlights a little where my strobes weren't exactly perfect and over-exposed the sand in the corners.
In my camera bag
My camera of choice is Olympus OMD-EM10. The reason being is that with it being small and compact it meant the underwater Nauticam housing was a lot cheaper than if I were using a DSLR. A versatile little camera that is able to use a host of different lenses. In my my bag for an underwater wide angle photography trip it is essential for me to have my trusty Panasonic Fisheye lens with 4" dome port. It is the lens I use most for wide angle where you can get nice and close to the subject. I also have the 9-18mm and specific dome port for those larger animals that can be a little more skittish and not get right up to the camera. When shooting macro underwater I have the 60mm macro lens with port and I have a Nauticam CMC-1 to attach to the port for greater magnification of the super macro subjects. I then have my 2 INON strobes, video light and the arms and clamps necessary to connect everything together. This is specific for when I'm shooting underwater.
Feedback
My advice for those wanting to capture something similar is to take the opportunity to dive with sharks and begin to understand their behaviour and gain experience before going for that killer shot if you are not used to diving with a wild apex predator. If you are new to diving with sharks it will take a little bit of time getting comfortable with them around you, which can then mean the shots you can picture taking might not work as your thoughts are elsewhere through nerves. I started off diving with smaller sharks to build up my knowledge of behaviour and to allow myself to be more relaxed before I worked my way up to big Tiger Sharks outside a cage. It is essential to stay calm with such a big shark and keep an eye out for each other when you are in the water with them as you can't always watch behind you but you can always watch each others back. They are inquisitive sharks that like to come and check you out (great for photos) but very rare they will show aggression as long as you are watching it all the way when it is close. Also dive with people who are experienced when it comes to shark diving and behaviour as they will know any tell-tale signs when it is best to leave the water and give the sharks space.

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