December 27th, 2011

cape gannets week #5


Cape gannets scouting underwater space, Wild Coast, South Africa



Nikon D300 + Nikkor 12-24mm, Compact Dome port, strobes Sea&Sea YS-250 x 2

this image is cropped 10% on the top and right, exposure correction in Adobe Lightroom

Location on Google maps

Wikipedia reference


Here is the final image in "cape gannets week". This one is showing rather interesting situation with birds underwater, but where is the fish ? Gannets have some well developed "collective mind" - sometimes it's enough for single bird to plunge into water, even by mistake, to cause dozens or even hundreds of others to follow wrong example. I think this is what we are seeing at this photo :-)

I want to congratulate everyone whom made it to the finals of the "Golden Turtle'6" - list of photographers participating in the exhibition next year can be found here - http://animalphoto.ru/news/detail/?item_id=63351. I was lucky to made it this year to this list too - I have no idea with which particular entries though :-)

Now waiting starts for the first week of March, when winning and commended images will be announced.

Since today is the last day of the Christmas holidays streak I will start long awaited "Cape Town week" straight away ! ^_^

cape town #1


Blue shark, pilot fish and the diver, The Canyon, 50km offshore from the Cape Point, South Africa



Nikon D300 + Nikkor 10.5mm, Pro One dome port, strobes Sea&Sea YS-250 x 2

this image is not cropped, very slight exposure correction in Adobe Lightroom

Location on Google maps

Wikipedia reference


If you thinking that real underwater photogs are not sentimental - think again ! ^_^

Being traumatized by encounters with man eating penguins of Boulders Beach we searched for the peace of mind 50km offshore from Cape Point. This time we found true love story, love which happened from the first sight between female (?) blue shark and one of my buddies. I was deeply moved and tried to document this wonderful display of feelings ! ^_^

But, as rightfully one of my friends on G+ Alex Lapidus noted - blended families can be tricky. Hopefully he gets along with her (adopted?) striped baby there...

Happy Holidays, everyone ! ^_^