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The thing that draws me to the ocean the most is that I literally never know what I’m going to come across on any given day. I count myself extremely fortuna...
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The thing that draws me to the ocean the most is that I literally never know what I’m going to come across on any given day. I count myself extremely fortunate to have been in the right place at the right time to capture this image.

Never have I experienced or seen anything like this in the water or in another photograph. This one will go down as one of the most unique shots I’ve ever captured and I’ll remember it forever.
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richlabelle PRO
 
richlabelle November 11, 2016
Absolutely incredible! Fantastic shot! Congratulations!
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CreationScape December 05, 2016
Thank you!
MitchellWentzell
 
MitchellWentzell November 11, 2016
Love your photos, especially this one. I hope to make it to Hawaii within a year or 2 and get in the water with my camera :)
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CreationScape December 05, 2016
Thanks! Sounds great, you'll love it!
CreationScape
 
CreationScape November 11, 2016
Thanks very much guys! Mahalo!
BendtheLens
 
BendtheLens November 13, 2016
I've seen both but never together like this. Shot of a lifetime. Superb. Let's see more.
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CreationScape December 05, 2016
Thanks!
CreationScape
 
CreationScape November 16, 2016
Thanks very much!
shisa
 
shisa November 24, 2016
a hitch-hiking octopus,
i always knew they were intelligent ;)
fantastic capture
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CreationScape December 05, 2016
Thanks!
CreationScape
 
CreationScape November 28, 2016
Mahalo :)
debhearn
 
debhearn December 01, 2016
I absolutely love this incredible capture. So beautiful and genuinely engrossing in the story it tells. Thank you for sharing this great image as well as the story to go with it! You have really given me and others a beautiful gift in this shot. May I share on FB with friends? I will be following your work.
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CreationScape December 05, 2016
Thank you Deb! You can surely share it. Just please link back to my accounts at Instagram and Facebook @creationscape Mahalo.
debhearn
 
debhearn December 01, 2016
I see where you have print for sale. I am going to check out and will not just share on FB till I've checked it out. Thanks again for sharing on Viewbug.
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CreationScape December 05, 2016
Yes, All of my prints are for sale at my website gallery at www.creationscape.com I also have a limited edition 2017 photo calendar for sale for the next week or so if that would interest you...
franoislamouette
 
franoislamouette December 16, 2016
Waw incredible shot !!!!
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CreationScape December 16, 2016
Mahalo
jamiesarkett
 
jamiesarkett January 09, 2017
wow - incredible :)
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CreationScape February 08, 2017
Thanks very much!
alleighful
 
alleighful January 10, 2017
this is so dang beautiful
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CreationScape February 08, 2017
Thanks very much!
Jamesmazzuca
 
Jamesmazzuca February 05, 2017
Awesome picture!!
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CreationScape February 08, 2017
Mahalo!
Silvermace
 
Silvermace February 05, 2017
Wow! Once in a lifetime catch. Phenomenal shot.
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CreationScape February 08, 2017
I appreciate that! Thank you.
luciegagnon
 
luciegagnon February 11, 2017
What a great photo! Love it.
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CreationScape February 14, 2017
Why thank you!
howie516 PRO
 
howie516 February 28, 2017
Lucky, Lucky you! Great photo and a fun one to look a too!
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CreationScape April 04, 2017
Why thank you!
HaliSowle
 
HaliSowle March 11, 2017
Love this. Ocean Uber!!
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CreationScape April 04, 2017
Ha! Yeah!
christhorburn
 
christhorburn March 24, 2017
Respect!!Awesome shot!
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CreationScape April 04, 2017
Thanks so much! Mahalo :)
Shisae
 
Shisae March 24, 2017
Wow I have seen a lot of turtles in the Philippines and swam with them... but never like this... wow!
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CreationScape April 04, 2017
Awesome!
michaelmarcoux PRO+
 
michaelmarcoux March 24, 2017
Looks like you're a finalist in the Smithsonian Natural World Contest and likely to win - you have my vote.
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CreationScape April 04, 2017
Yes.. it was ... thank you! It didn't win but we gave it our best shot!
lisaareena
 
lisaareena March 24, 2017
nice photography
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CreationScape April 04, 2017
Thank you
perrybailey
 
perrybailey March 25, 2017
This is a real stunner! Nice catch!
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CreationScape April 04, 2017
Thank you
learwoody PRO+
 
learwoody March 26, 2017
Uber for animals...fascinating symbiosis and tolerance.
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CreationScape April 04, 2017
:)
totalyfrozen
 
totalyfrozen March 26, 2017
one of the coolest photos I have seen in a long time, what a catch!
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CreationScape April 04, 2017
Mahalo! Thanks very much
MaryAnne306 PRO+
 
MaryAnne306 April 04, 2017
Absolutely fascinating, beautiful, and extremely well done photo! Congratulations on such a wonderful capture and on being a finalist!
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CreationScape April 04, 2017
Mahalo! Thanks very much
JDLifeshots
 
JDLifeshots April 04, 2017
Amazing capture! Congrats.
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CreationScape April 04, 2017
Mahalo! Thanks very much
kayleeonthehill
 
kayleeonthehill April 04, 2017
Absolutely amazing!!! Great shot. Speechless.
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CreationScape April 13, 2017
Thanks very much
cabmok
 
cabmok April 05, 2017
That's adorably stunning!
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CreationScape April 13, 2017
Mahalo
paulajt517
 
paulajt517 April 06, 2017
Amazing capture!
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CreationScape April 13, 2017
Mahalo
Neckbone
 
Neckbone April 23, 2017
Awesome image, congrats! Great capture!
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CreationScape May 08, 2017
Thanks very much!
jethrorayner Premium
 
jethrorayner April 29, 2017
Photography is sometimes (if not always) about opportunity, you nailed it
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CreationScape May 08, 2017
Thanks very much!
MikeBoyle PRO+
 
MikeBoyle May 04, 2017
Congratulations on your winning photo. Nice...Very Nice
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CreationScape May 08, 2017
Mahalo!
peggybrown_6005
 
peggybrown_6005 May 06, 2017
Awesome photo ! Unbelievably clear ! That's a once in a lifetime picture ! Congratulations !
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CreationScape May 08, 2017
Mahalo! Thanks very much
edrobson Premium
 
edrobson May 14, 2017
Wow. Wow. WOW!
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CreationScape August 06, 2017
:) Thanks!
emilmonsma
 
emilmonsma May 22, 2017
wow.
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CreationScape August 06, 2017
:) Mahalo!
Charlene-Shelby
 
Charlene-Shelby May 26, 2017
THIS IS THE COOLEST PICTURE IVE EVER SEEN OH MY GOSH
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CreationScape August 06, 2017
THANK YOU!!!! I appreciate it :)
jonwarren
 
jonwarren May 30, 2017
Absolutely wonderful capture.
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CreationScape August 06, 2017
Mahalo
ArisArtOasis
 
ArisArtOasis June 15, 2017
Amazing. I loved taking the dive with you as I read the backstory. What an incredible experience! I admire your style :)
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CreationScape November 21, 2017
Thanks so much!
DonnaFoster1771
 
DonnaFoster1771 July 24, 2017
Wow! Just Stunning!
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CreationScape November 21, 2017
Thanks so much!
tmlakshmi PRO+
 
tmlakshmi August 27, 2017
WOW!! amazing capture. Congrats
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CreationScape November 21, 2017
Thanks so much!
mantequillas PRO+
 
mantequillas October 21, 2017
That is an amazing shot good job!!!
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CreationScape November 21, 2017
Thanks so much!
tmlakshmi PRO+
 
tmlakshmi November 22, 2017
I wish I got to see at least a turtle during our recent visit to Big Island Congrats on all well deserving awards
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CreationScape November 23, 2017
Thank you very much!
JaneB70
 
JaneB70 January 16, 2018
Amazing! Two of my favourite animals together!
kymeades
 
kymeades February 15, 2018
Beautiful
ginnyosbornetracy PRO
 
ginnyosbornetracy February 23, 2018
Very cool!
cheryldalrymple
 
cheryldalrymple February 25, 2018
Love this! Very unique shot x
Nostroboy PRO+
 
Nostroboy June 24, 2018
Absolutely incredible !
BabZz
 
BabZz September 28, 2018
Absolutely fantastic shot family stunning well dun family nuff love and blessings smashed it 😁
jodiehennigar PRO+
 
jodiehennigar Jul 25
what a captivating photo!
jodiehennigar PRO+
 
jodiehennigar Jul 25
what a captivating photo!

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Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken on the west side of the island of O`ahu, in Hawaii. It's my favorite location for photographing our endangered Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles.
Time
I had been in the water since about 8am that day. When I captured this rare behavior it was 2pm.
Lighting
Everything I shoot is natural lighting underwater. I only had about 10 seconds to capture this image so I wasn't trying to position myself in any particular way accept to get the shot. The lighting on this shot turned out absolutely beautiful but in all honesty, I had absolutely nothing to do with it. At this time of day I would say that the sun was a little past overhead, headed to the west.
Equipment
This was shot using a Canon 7D Mark II | Tokina 10-17 fisheye | Aquatech Elite Water Housing
Inspiration
I am always inspired every time I jump in the ocean. There are so many wonderful things to see and capture in a photo. I knew that I only had mere seconds to get this shot and I'm so fortunate to be able to freeze something in a frame that I will likely never see again in my lifetime.
Editing
I do all of my post-processing in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. The main aspects of the photo I adjust are the white balance, contrast, shadows and highlights.
In my camera bag
I am usually shooting either underwater or close to the ocean, shooting landscapes and seascapes. This is what I pack in my Lowepro bags: CANON EOS 7D Mark II with EF-S 18-135mm| Tokina AT-X 107 AF NH Fisheye 10-17mm | Tokina AT-X 116 PRO DX-II 11-16mm f/2.8 | Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 | Oben CT-3581 Carbon Fiber Tripod With BE-126T Ball Head | Aquatech Elite 7D2 Sports Housing | HOYA HD3 CIR-PL and HOYA EVO Antistatic UV filters.
Feedback
I honestly can't advise anyone on how to capture an image like this because it's something that happened in an instant and it will likely never happen again. I would say to capture things in nature that have never been caught on camera before you just have to spend a great deal of time in the elements and be very patient and always be vigilant for things out of the ordinary.

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