November 20th, 2011

manta rays week #5

Black manta, Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia

Nikon D300 + Nikkor 10.5mm + Pro One Dome Port + Sea&Sea YS-250 x 2 strobes

this image is 10% cropped from left and top, minor temperature shift in Adobe Lightroom

Location on Google Maps

Wikipedia reference

I'm concluding "manta rays week" which lasted for almost one month with this image of black manta from Raja Ampat. Mantas are big, and so fish-eye friendly subjects - with perspective distortion adding bit of drama - making him to remind Darkwing Duck from the Disney show of the same name :-)

I'm leaving to Cape Town in 9 days, so next "week" I will dedicate to the colorful coral gardens of Raja Ampat - since once I will come back we will have to switch back to monochromatic pelagic world of dolphins, whales and sharks :-)