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Upload Date2019-12-02 16:52:12
Scientific NameEretmochelys imbricata
Common NameHawksbill turtle
LocationGrand Cayman
Diving CenterLobster Pot Dive Center
LensTokina 10-17mm
StrobesNatural light
Date Shot2019-12-02
Camera ModelNIKON D500
White BalanceAuto white balance
Exposure Time1/250
Aperture FNumberf/22.0
ISO Speed Rating160
Focal Length170/10
Remarks A hawkbill turtle is seen in silhouette as it descends on a reef after taking a breath on the surface on the south side of Grand Cayman. Shout out to The Lobster Pot Dive Center for the great diving! I've been trying to get a decent descent (say that five times fast) turtle photograph for some time. When I spied this beautiful hawkbill taking a breath at the surface, I knew this was my opportunity. As I finned forward at full power tracking the turtle's movements, I turned off my strobes, dialed up my shutter speed and dialed down the aperture to cast it in silhouette. The last piece of the puzzle was framing the shot with a sliver of the surface in order to echo both the turtle's round features and to show the ripples of the sea.