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Sharks, dolphins and reflections

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I posted this in the trip report from the Wetpixel July Expedition, but since nobody noticed it there, I thought I should post it in the right place too.

 

It was an amazing trip and everyone got tonnes of images that they were pleased with. You can see a gallery on mine here.

 

We had such calm weather that I really got into shooting reflections.

 

Bah08_25.jpg

 

Also, my pole-cam/bicycle brake worked really well, too.

 

Anyway, it was sharks and dolphins all day, every day. Great fun:

 

I really like this one of a dolphin hunting a flying fish at night. At full size you can really see the dolphin's eye trained on the fish.

Bah08_04.jpg

 

And I like this one, cause its kinda different, of a tiger:

Bah08_17.jpg

 

The Gallery is here, and for once, compared to most of what I have done this year, it is not password protected.

 

Alex

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Very nice shots! I particularly like the shot with the dorsal view of the flying fish. Quick question... Does floating around in the gulf stream at night leave you feeling a little like a big piece of (big) fish bait?

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Great series Alex; reflections are always pretty magical for me.

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Those are all great shots. Thanks for posting here (I had missed them in the other forum.)

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Alex,

one word: stunning.

 

R

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wow!! excellece!!

 

thanks for sharing! :chatterbox:

Edited by JennyHuang

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Sometimes you just have to sit quietly and wonder . . . .

 

Truly a Master at peace with his easel . . . .

 

 

 

Alex,

Those Lemon Sharks look awfully like 'our' Grey Nurse Sharks,

do you know if they are related?

 

I know that the Grey Nurse and Ragged Tooth and Sand Tigers are basically one in the same,

but those Lemons certainly run a close resemblence...

 

Bruce...

Edited by bruceterrill

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There are certainly plenty of similarities in terms of appearance and behaviour.

 

Here is a grey nurse in Australia:

03.jpg

 

And here is a Lemon in the Bahamas:

25.jpg

 

The lemons have more rounded noses. Both tend to live in groups.

 

Alex

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Alex

 

Lovely shots as always. I am curious as to how the first shot was taken. I assume that the black background is a mix of small aperature and fast shutter and that the fish is lit on a relatively high power. The question would then seems to be how is the reflection so bright as to be exposed with the aperature / shutter settings?

 

Excuse my ignorance.

 

Many thanks

Daniel

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Lovely shots as always. I am curious as to how the first shot was taken. I assume that the black background is a mix of small aperature and fast shutter and that the fish is lit on a relatively high power. The question would then seems to be how is the reflection so bright as to be exposed with the aperature / shutter settings?

 

Actually, it was more to do with being taken at night under a glassy smooth surface. Here is a screen grab of the RAW file in Lightroom - so you can see how it looked before Photoshop:

 

F18 @ 1/200th. 60mm lens. Light from a single Subtronic Alpha.

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Alex

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Just got a chance to see your recent shots. You have such a great eye. my favorite is the first dolphin/clouds shot, its got great eye contact

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More beautiful shots Alex. Thanks for showing the before and after photo as well. I think the second shark image is excellent as well.

 

rinjani

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Wow Alex, those are beautiful. I liked Daniel's question and appreciate your answer along with the settings. I'm new to all of this and the settings really help. Scott

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Alex,

 

These are amazing. The first set have a very Howard Schatz-like feel to them, just trade in woman for marine life....beautiful (hope that is okay to say). I have to say too, that your lemon shark image with the sun rays is down right stunning. It has such beautiful lighting, I am especially fond of the rim lighting on his fins....:chatterbox:

 

 

Amanda

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