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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.