The Secret Underwater Passage

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    This was shot under the Mandalay Bay hotel in Las Vegas where they have this lavish aquarium. It's really gorgeous and dreamy under there, as you can tell. This area has all kinds of sharks and other wild-lookin' things that were swimming all around me.

    I was fortunate enough to take a private tour of the place thanks to the nice people at the MGM/Mirage management company, who also owns the Mandalay Bay. That allowed me to take the time I needed to set up this 5-exposure HDR shot without tourists getting in the way.

    One time I did find a nurse shark in the Caribbean. It was a baby. I followed it for a while until it occurred to me that it might be swimming back to its mom. That sudden realization made me turn around pretty quick.

    All of this underwater stuff reminds me of watching those Discovery channel shows about strange ocean creatures. I swear I could watch those things all day. I can't get over how some of these things have evolved to fit their environment... just amazing. My favorite creatures are cephalopods ... I never get tired of those documentaries!

    From the blog at www.stuckincustoms.com

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    1. The Sage of Shadowdale 59 months ago | reply

      Much less HDR-like than your usual HDRs. I like. Nice rich colours, but not over the top. Nicely exposed with good clarity. For me I think it's the ethereal wave of red/orange light around the tube that makes this shot. Nice one.
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    2. Count__Zero 59 months ago | reply

      Awesome photo! Well done!

    3. Miguel Herrera 59 months ago | reply

      Amazing shot, great colours!

    4. Stuck in Customs 59 months ago | reply

      Thanks everyone... glad you like it so much

    5. shanghaimike 59 months ago | reply

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    6. Emmanuel_D.Photography 59 months ago | reply

      nice pic.... looks great

    7. GeckoKid 59 months ago | reply

      I wouldn't think sharks would have parenting from its mother.... hmmm

      awesome shot btw!

    8. Mclaughlin Phtography 01 59 months ago | reply

      That is simply amazing.......

    9. lovelydiva60628 59 months ago | reply

      Surely worth a trip. Simply beautiful.

    10. andyh120 59 months ago | reply

      awesome shot! i was wondering what type of lens you used to take this shot?

    11. Festa Acorda Amor 59 months ago | reply

      Fascinating - I really admire your pictures! Thanks for sharing them too!

    12. Wizard of Wonders™ 59 months ago | reply

      Wonderful shot!


      You've also got - The Wiz Award!
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    13. arturodonate 59 months ago | reply

      Wow, spectacular as always! Your images never cease to amaze, and this one is no exception!

      The composition is brilliant, I love how much you were able to fit into the frame.

    14. ScreenBlog (Danimator) 59 months ago | reply

      Beautiful; incredible cool colors!

    15. Marco Waagmeester 58 months ago | reply

      Outstanding colors and work, one of the most appealing captures i have seen!

    16. richshallcross 57 months ago | reply

      I was just asking myself how did you get this shot without tourists walking in the way, but then I read you had a private tour, lucky you..

    17. DurangoBeach 36 months ago | reply

      Marvelous First-Class Work! Highly Professional!!

    18. braveheart54 31 months ago | reply

      simply amazing,

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