Jump to content


Photo
- - - - -

Cenotes and Whale Sharks 2010, Mexico, trip thread


  • Please log in to reply
71 replies to this topic

#21 TheRealDrew

TheRealDrew

    Humpback Whale

  • Moderator
  • 2855 posts

Posted 02 August 2010 - 06:00 AM

Amazing work all. Really wish I was there....

#22 echeng

echeng

    The Blue

  • Admin
  • 5842 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:San Francisco, CA
  • Interests:photography, ice cream, cello, chamber music, quadcopters

Posted 02 August 2010 - 06:13 PM

Video: 11 whale sharks in rapid succession!

[vimeohd]13837820[/vimeohd]
eric cheng
publisher/editor, wetpixel
www | journal | photos


#23 Alexis

Alexis

    Moray Eel

  • Member
  • PipPip
  • 92 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Brisbane

Posted 02 August 2010 - 06:38 PM

Here's one of Eric gracefully posing

20100802_050954_TAB6683.jpg
Alexis Tabah
http://www.tabah.org

#24 shawnh

shawnh

    Shawk Man

  • Senior Moderator
  • 1398 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Boulder, CO
  • Interests:UW Video, UW Photography Diving, Telemark Skiing, Cycling, Travel

Posted 02 August 2010 - 06:38 PM

Insane Eric! You really captured the experience!
Canon 5D MII - Aquatica Housing - Sola 4000 Lights - Wahoo HD Monitor & Sony EX1 - Gates EX1 Housing - Fathoms UWA Lens
www.bluespheremedia.com

#25 Alexis

Alexis

    Moray Eel

  • Member
  • PipPip
  • 92 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Brisbane

Posted 02 August 2010 - 06:43 PM

Here's another one, without any kind of frog ruining the image

shor_TAB6932.jpg

Edited by Alexis, 02 August 2010 - 06:45 PM.

Alexis Tabah
http://www.tabah.org

#26 stewsmith

stewsmith

    Giant Squid

  • Member
  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 1586 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:southampton and Sinai
  • Interests:World travel
    diving
    photography
    winding Drew up

Posted 02 August 2010 - 07:04 PM

I dont know what to say.

Stew

Canon 5D MK2 - Sea and Sea housed - 17-40L 100mm - Sigma 15mm FE - twin YS250 pro's and gadgets galore

 

http://www.euphoticzoneimaging.com

 


#27 sterlingz

sterlingz

    Moray Eel

  • Moderator
  • 98 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Washington DC

Posted 02 August 2010 - 07:50 PM

Thanks for the compliments everyone. Killer video Eric! That really does capture the lineup!

Another great day - fewer sharks, but just as concentrated. Water was slightly more choppy, but visibility was excellent at times. I got in on the first rotation which was nice before all the boat madness (35+ boats of snorkelers show up around 9 am).

Zumbrunn_20100802_00242.jpg
Heidi swimming with a new friend.

Zumbrunn_20100802_00534.jpg
Whale sharks everywhere.

Zumbrunn_20100802_00189.jpg
Botellas were happening early in the day.

Zumbrunn_20100802_00555.jpg
With so much already in the can, I took the fisheye off for the first time of the trip and switched to the 17-40. Great for head shots.

Zumbrunn_20100802_00432.jpg
Also for other details.

Zumbrunn_20100802_00611.jpg
Lots of other pelagics showed up today. Another boat reported seeing a great hammerhead. I saw a barracuda swim by. These mobulas were the only thing I could get close enough to photograph.

#28 NCmermaid

NCmermaid

    Wolf Eel

  • Member
  • PipPip
  • 164 posts
  • Gender:Female
  • Location:In Playa del Carmen, MX via Morehead City, NC

Posted 03 August 2010 - 03:47 AM

Hey guys, these images are fantastic and Eric, that video is smokin'! Love the editing!

I'm heading up with a small group tomorrow...hope these conditions hold out!
Nikon D300, S&S MDX300 housing, YS90DX & 110 strobes, ULCS arms, Tokina 10-17mm, Tokina 12-24mm, Nikon 60mm macro

My Galleries:
http//www.karendoody.com

#29 james

james

    The Engineer

  • Super Mod
  • 9969 posts
  • Location:Houston TX

Posted 03 August 2010 - 06:26 AM

Eric - that video is incredible! Great work.

Cheers
James
Canon 1DsMkIII - Seacam Housing
Dual Ikelite Strobes
Photo site - www.reefpix.org

#30 TheRealDrew

TheRealDrew

    Humpback Whale

  • Moderator
  • 2855 posts

Posted 03 August 2010 - 07:44 AM

Video: 11 whale sharks in rapid succession!


Amazing how they can just speed up then slow down like that. So Matrix like :) Very cool.....

#31 Alex_Mustard

Alex_Mustard

    The Doctor

  • Super Mod
  • 8376 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Peterborough

Posted 03 August 2010 - 07:46 AM

Great pix all.

Eric, that video is just amazing.

Alex

Alexander Mustard - www.amustard.com - www.magic-filters.com
Nikon D4 (Subal housing). Nikon D7100 (Subal housing). Olympus EPL-5 (Nauticam housing).


#32 echeng

echeng

    The Blue

  • Admin
  • 5842 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:San Francisco, CA
  • Interests:photography, ice cream, cello, chamber music, quadcopters

Posted 03 August 2010 - 07:54 AM

I hereby issue a challenge to capture an underwater video clip with the most whale sharks visible in 90 seconds. I think Shawn has a 9 whale shark video, and mine has 11 in it (although a good number of them are in the background). Let's see what we can do. :)
eric cheng
publisher/editor, wetpixel
www | journal | photos


#33 diver dave1

diver dave1

    Great White

  • Member
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 917 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Interests:chess, u/w photography

Posted 03 August 2010 - 10:34 AM

For this adventure, is a Tokina 10-17 the lens of choice for the DX format or something else? For those of us that are dreaming of taking this type of trip, we would love to learn from your experience.

Nauticam D7000, Inon Z-240's, 60 micro, 105 micro, Tokina 10-17

www.shiningseastudio.com


#34 shawnh

shawnh

    Shawk Man

  • Senior Moderator
  • 1398 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Boulder, CO
  • Interests:UW Video, UW Photography Diving, Telemark Skiing, Cycling, Travel

Posted 03 August 2010 - 11:54 AM

Shoot the widest lens possible...!
Canon 5D MII - Aquatica Housing - Sola 4000 Lights - Wahoo HD Monitor & Sony EX1 - Gates EX1 Housing - Fathoms UWA Lens
www.bluespheremedia.com

#35 echeng

echeng

    The Blue

  • Admin
  • 5842 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:San Francisco, CA
  • Interests:photography, ice cream, cello, chamber music, quadcopters

Posted 03 August 2010 - 12:50 PM

I disagree somewhat with Shawn -- it depends on what you are shooting. A 17mm (full frame) yields much more natural-looking images and video, but a fisheye will let you capture more than one shark at a time (and get close enough to make the water look clear). The Tokina 10-17 should be ideal because you will have the full useful range!
eric cheng
publisher/editor, wetpixel
www | journal | photos


#36 shawnh

shawnh

    Shawk Man

  • Senior Moderator
  • 1398 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Boulder, CO
  • Interests:UW Video, UW Photography Diving, Telemark Skiing, Cycling, Travel

Posted 03 August 2010 - 01:02 PM

What I meant to say, was shoot a lens that lets you go as wide as possible...ala 10-17 :)
Canon 5D MII - Aquatica Housing - Sola 4000 Lights - Wahoo HD Monitor & Sony EX1 - Gates EX1 Housing - Fathoms UWA Lens
www.bluespheremedia.com

#37 shawnh

shawnh

    Shawk Man

  • Senior Moderator
  • 1398 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Boulder, CO
  • Interests:UW Video, UW Photography Diving, Telemark Skiing, Cycling, Travel

Posted 03 August 2010 - 01:06 PM

Does this count for most whale sharks in 90 seconds...how about 1 second :)

[vimeohd]13864905[/vimeohd]
Canon 5D MII - Aquatica Housing - Sola 4000 Lights - Wahoo HD Monitor & Sony EX1 - Gates EX1 Housing - Fathoms UWA Lens
www.bluespheremedia.com

#38 TheRealDrew

TheRealDrew

    Humpback Whale

  • Moderator
  • 2855 posts

Posted 03 August 2010 - 02:08 PM

Does this count for most whale sharks in 90 seconds...how about 1 second :)


Man, just intense seeing that.... I have seen a whale shark (a young one, maybe 6 meters) once. Was on scuba and it somehow wound up with us. To see so many of them, just awesome.

#39 DrFiscus

DrFiscus

    Wolf Eel

  • Member
  • PipPip
  • 133 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Tampa, Florida
  • Interests:Diving, underwater photography, snow skiing, golf

Posted 03 August 2010 - 04:51 PM

Eric:
I am heading that way with Elmer Yu week after next - what kind of rubber are you wearing for the cenotes and what is the water temperature? I assume you are not using flash with the whale sharks.
Great photos.
Thanks.
Andy
Andy Malbin
DrFiscus@msn.com
www.oceandoctorshots.com

Nikon D200, D300, Aquatica housing, twin Ikelite DS 161's, Nikon 10.5, 60, VR105, Tokina 10 - 17, Sigma 17 - 70 HSM, Tokina 11 - 16

#40 echeng

echeng

    The Blue

  • Admin
  • 5842 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:San Francisco, CA
  • Interests:photography, ice cream, cello, chamber music, quadcopters

Posted 03 August 2010 - 06:54 PM

Does this count for most whale sharks in 90 seconds...how about 1 second :)

Nice video! However, I think you missed the "underwater" part. :)
eric cheng
publisher/editor, wetpixel
www | journal | photos