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williamsfw2427 April 19, 2018
Amazing shot and you are person much much braver than I !!! Wow
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wussdiver October 17, 2018
Thank you!
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howie516 April 19, 2018
Those translucent pearly whites are amazing, love this photo!
 
michaelfollett April 19, 2018
Nice one !!
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Will_Garippo April 19, 2018
Epic!
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wussdiver April 19, 2018
Thanks everyone!
 
Fergal123 April 20, 2018
Jawsome!
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Arzhtatiana April 20, 2018
Wow!!!
 
Sophetti April 21, 2018
Such clarity, amazing shot!
 
deanmelbourne April 21, 2018
What underwater housing did you use please. Great shot.
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ncpcov April 21, 2018
Uber cool
 
Pmcclure April 22, 2018
Wow!!!!
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langridgephotography May 05, 2018
Never going wild swimming again !
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MJLara May 24, 2018
WOW|! This is scaring:) Great capture|
 
CURUTCHET May 24, 2018
brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
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StevenPasternack May 24, 2018
Fantastic shot!!!!
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donnarenzulli May 24, 2018
Just how close were you? lol. Wow.
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wussdiver October 17, 2018
Thank you!
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wussdiver October 17, 2018
Thank you!
 
Gazzarow June 11, 2018
Wow! excellent shot.
 
Witmar June 11, 2018
wonderful shot!!!
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JoanLoBo June 11, 2018
Incredible I hope you were using a really long lens
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wussdiver Jan 09
nope-Tokina 10-17 and its jaws were resting on the dome port! :)
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sweetpea72 June 12, 2018
absolutely incredible!! シ
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wussdiver Jan 09
nope-Tokina 10-17 and its jaws were resting on the dome port! :)
 
solmarilys June 23, 2018
nice!
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wussdiver Jan 09
Thank you
 
Eternalbliss June 29, 2018
Absolutely amazing!
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wussdiver Jan 09
Thank you
 
phillipmarshall August 14, 2018
Now that's a buntch of crock! Lol. Great Picture!
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wussdiver Jan 09
Thank you !
 
Rtist4u August 31, 2018
I hate to even think about how you got this shot! Very dramatic!
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wussdiver December 13, 2018
Thank you- answer- very carefully. never look them in the eye :)
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wussdiver September 18, 2018
Wow thank you everyone! Rather exciting to be Finalist
 
Katioucha September 20, 2018
Brilliant point of view !
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I know for sure I wouldn't go for a swim.
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I know for sure I wouldn't go for a swim. Amazing capture
 
Rubyroo52 Jan 28
just wow.
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moanabennett Feb 05
O snap

American Crocodile 0ver-under 1-29-18-6952



American crocodile in the mangroves of Jardinas de la Reina in Cuba mouth open barring teeth.
American crocodile in the mangroves of Jardinas de la Reina in Cuba mouth open barring teeth.
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Behind The Lens

Location
This photograph was taken while in the water with this American Crocodile, in Jardinas de la Reina, Cuba. While this is a protected area, that means protected from fishing, this is still a very wild animal in it's natural habitat. In order to photograph, you must approach silently and not making any sudden movements, because crocs and alligators snap at anything that moves with a bite pressure able to crush bones. For some reason, this croc was quite infatuated with my dome port.This of course means that he was touching my port of my underwater housing. Excellent buoyancy is required as well so as to not be bobbing up and down.
Time
High noon.
Lighting
I did use strobes set on low to fill in shadows. The strobes are underwater. The lighting is tricky due to the bright sun.
Equipment
Photographed with housed DSLR using a Tokina 10-17 lens in a Nauticam housing, Nikon D7100
Inspiration
I am quite fascinated by prehistoric type creatures. I was given this opportunity to photograph this animal on an expedition with Ocean Geographic Magazine, and simply couldn't resist.. although it was a bit heart-stopping initially entering the water with this animal.
Editing
Very little post processing, pretty much straight out of the camera.
In my camera bag
I spend a good deal of time doing macro underwater photography-so my kit for that is a 105mm + a 10x subsee diopter. My favorite macro recently has been Black water diving- which is with a 60mm + a 10x diopter. However, this past six months, I've been "diving" back into wide angle underwater. Subsequently I've been diving with a Tokina 10-17, a Nikon D7100 and an 8" custom dome port.
Feedback
Only go out with a reputable dive operator. To best of my knowledge there are very few places in the world where you can encounter wild crocodiles that have encountered humans. This makes them a bit more approachable and it must be in protected areas, where their own fear of being killed by mankind is not an issue. However they are wild animals with a lot of teeth and highly unpredictable. They do snap at anything that moves close by, and its swift and powerful. They must only be approached with utmost care to not startle or scare the animal. There is only 1 dive operator in Jardinas de la Reina and diving there is restricted to no more than 4,000 divers per year to prevent damage to the reefs. It is not recommended to just go out into the wild and hope for the best. Photographing crocs and alligators in the wild involves a high element of danger. I've been a marine wildlife photographer for well over 15 years, and have a good deal of familiarity with their behaviors before I enter the water. All of that means nothing if the animal suddenly feels threatened- which could be caused by something as simple as an approaching boat. You must be on your toes at all times. To prepare for this dive, I dove with an alligator handler in Florida, as my "training" to learn about their behaviors and nuances.

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