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Wow - that might be the most dramatic manta photo I have seen! Lots of great shots in your gallery too. Thanks for sharing.

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Wow - that might be the most dramatic manta photo I have seen!

 

It is good, isn't it?

 

But...

 

... the collection reminds of something...

 

... something that includes one or two mantas in the dark:

 

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There are some pretty impressive images from Hawaii, too; I found this one just now:

 

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A couple more from my trip, Tim:

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and

 

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Personally the highlight was the night dive with the nurse sharks:

 

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Aren't the night dives great? The enormous nurse sharks are cool, but the mantas are hot!!

 

How did you light the mantas? I didn't get it quite right: I think that video lights held out quite wide may the best way...

 

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Using strobes, the nurse sharks were much easier:

 

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Thanks for posting your images, Bent.

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Aren't the night dives great? The enormous nurse sharks are cool, but the mantas are hot!!

 

How did you light the mantas? I didn't get it quite right: I think that video lights held out quite wide may the best way...

 

Using strobes, the nurse sharks were much easier:

 

 

Thanks for posting your images, Bent.

I would rate the night dive with the nurse sharks as the coolest I have ever done! It was just amazing. The big rays were icing on the cake. I liked the manta night dive as well, but it was harder really to appreciate as we were in a group supposed to be kneeling on the sand. The sand turned out to be silt and the kneeling part was so-so, so the viz went pretty quickly. However, up till then it was incredible to have the mantas swimming straight towards the camera.

 

Lighting wise I didn't do anything special. Strobes pointing somewhat out on two arms, more or less. Video lights would probably be good, at least for getting consistent af.

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