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    Mexico, Baja, Guadalupe Island, Great White Shark (Carcharondon carcharias) underwater

    Over the last few weeks, I have been diligently working on processing images from the trips that I have never edited in the last 4 years. I am never home long enough to catch up, plus I really dislike processing images. I have probably gone through at least 50,000 images and deleted many of them, but I have also discovered many fantastic images that have been lurking on my hard-drives. At the time, I remember being disappointed in some of these trips, but I am glad that time has allowed me to realize the potential of what I did photograph. Also, my image processing skills have greatly improved over what I was capable of a few years ago.

    For example, consider this dramatic image of a great white shark that I photographed at Isla Guadalupe off the coast of Baja, Mexico in September 2008. This is fine image, but at the time all that I remembered was feeling disgruntled that I never got the head-on, jaws open picture that every shark photographer dreams of. I also was not very good at processing blue underwater images at that point, so I could not see the possibilities of this image through the overpowering blue of the RAW file. The fish that surrounded the shark cage also "ruined" my picture, but now they do not bother me nearly as much as they did at the time. I have been fortunate to have photographed great white sharks twice in my lifetime. This image has gotten me thinking again about doing some more shark diving trips in the near future. I created this image using my Canon 5D and 17-40mm f4 lens in my old Ikelite 5DmkII housing with 8″ dome port. It is a single exposure which was mostly processed using Aperture 3.0. I also removed much of the cyan cast and cloned out particles floating in the water using Photoshop CS5.

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    1. askyu22 33 months ago | reply

      Just SPECTACULAR picture...Congratulations!

    2. haddartist 33 months ago | reply

      Epic shot! What stands out most to me about this image is the shark's eye…very spooky and yet engaging.

    3. Steph Sawyer Photography (on and off) 33 months ago | reply

      It's looks better here than on Facebook! You get to photograph a whole other world that not many photographers do. Excellent Shot!

    4. RAWbin... 33 months ago | reply

      freightening image !! brrrrr.. but so nice !

    5. Rajan Rai 33 months ago | reply

      beautiful shot.

    6. Jo*DNo 33 months ago | reply

      How ? What ? Wow !!
      This shot is just incredible !
      How you did this ?!!?

    7. Cornforth Images 33 months ago | reply

      That is interesting. Hopefully, my images will look even better on my new website, once it is ready to be launched in the next month.

      I created this image on my 2nd cage diving trip to Guadalupe Island with San Diego Shark Diving. It's not easy, but it is exhilarating.

    8. world of wonders 33 months ago | reply

      so well composed so beautiful in delightful coloring, just fabulous!

    9. ken.hubbell 33 months ago | reply

      I'm glad you came back to this. It's awesome!!!!

    10. Lorenz PhotoClimber 33 months ago | reply

      Wow... this is a very sharp shark !

    11. davide978 33 months ago | reply

      Great work!

    12. Konabish ~ Greg Bishop 33 months ago | reply

      What I see as truly magnificent about this is image is the perfect timing of the movement, and the shark's eye looking right at me!

    13. alphawolf_2013 32 months ago | reply

      Awesome shot, magnificent subject!

    14. Caz 71♥(On & Off) 32 months ago | reply

      Hi, i am an Art Director for `Howards and Caz`s Gallery` and would be very honoured if you would consider posting your stunning photo into the Gallery.
      This Gallery is so different than anything flickr has done before, as it is a tough Gallery to belong to, and now the bar has raised to Platinum level, and only the best will be accepted, and it is my opinion that this wonderful piece here belongs with us ……. I hope you will consider posting your beautiful photo in, as i feel it has the standard required to be a part of this Gallery......Kind regards..Caz (AD)

    15. SunStones* 15 months ago | reply

      oh boy, this is way better than a front on shot with mouth open! Look at his eye! The shape of the body.... in my opinion, it couldn't be better!

    16. Fish as art 13 months ago | reply

      Awesome power...
      Great shot.

    17. Arthur Sixtenson 9 months ago | reply

      Great work, it could not been much better than that! Think you maybe like my pictures, so take a look! :)

    18. Howard Brodsky 6 months ago | reply

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