Silvertip shark and the diver, Tiputa pass, Rangiroa atoll, French Polynesia
Olympus 3040 in native housing, natural light
this image is 5% cropped from top and left, some garbage removed in right top corner in Photoshop
Location on Google Maps
Moving up the shark hierarchy again - and it's time for silvertip shark to take spotlight ! Silvertip is definitely one of my favorite shark - it is highly social. They come very-very close to the divers, sometimes following them for several minutes. This of course can be bit dangerous, but presents amazing opportunities for photos. Take a look at the image above - it was taken with compact camera in lucid Rangiroa waters in 2006 and despite the fact that very unsophisticated equipment was used it looks very professional! I believe compact cameras can do really good work in good visibility and lighthing conditions - this picture was taken at the depth of 18m. No color correction was used on original data except very little contrast increase.
Silvertips can grow up to 3 meters - and typically ones I saw exceeded 2.5m easily. My most memorable encounter was in Rangiroa, where I even managed to take rare picture of shark in "official" treat pose - check this wikipedia article - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/shark_threat_display. This picture is still one of the kind in my extensive shark collection... I saw silvertips in Cocos island, and despite knowing that they are quite often show up in shark Reef at Fiji I never had chance to see one there in my 5 visits. Oh well, it's nature ! Another interesting fact about silvertips is that they diet includes smaller grey reef sharks - ones which we discussed in previous post - so you can look at this sequence of posts this week as at foodchain sequence too ! :-)
As part of the social chit-chat part traditional for my posts - one of the interesting perks of taking good images on Sardine Run is that every year they are highly sought by photo-agencies working with UK tabloids, providing access to the millions - readers of this popular media like stunning and sensational pictures, and Sardine Run footage is exactly like that. I made it in 2008 and 2010, 2009 it was sequence by Jason Heller, and now it was time for my buddy and partner for the trip this year Dimitry namgul Miroshnikov to take spotlight with his fantastic images - check this Daily Telegraph online publication - which I'm sure is just one of many. On the same page you can see links to the Telegraph footage version of 2010 by me and 2009 by Jason. Let's see who is going to rock UK tabloids next season - it's interesting friendly competition between great photographers ! :-)
And last remark for today - I really liked this post on recent shameful "anti-garbage" action taken by crowds manipulated and used by unethical and strangely popular in Russia person - http://microgenius.livejournal.com/239686.html. I can tell that history is repeating itself - you know where all this will lead - check this Wikipedia article for reminder. I was shocked that even one of the most respected LJ personas - http://shpilenok.livejournal.com/82692.html - fell into this PR trap. I was pleased though that top two Russian LJ bloggers did not participate in this shameful display of slave-minded people unity. There is still hope ! ;) Please let me know what do you think about all this !