The Secret Underwater Passage

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!


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  • The Sage of Shadowdale 6y

    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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  • Count__Zero 6y

    Awesome photo! Well done!
  • Miguel Herrera 6y

    Amazing shot, great colours!
  • Trey Ratcliff 6y

    Thanks everyone... glad you like it so much
  • Mike 6y

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  • Emmanuel_D.Photography 6y

    nice pic.... looks great
  • Jackie Wu 6y

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

    awesome shot btw!
  • Michael Mclaughlin 6y

    That is simply amazing.......
  • Lovely D 6y

    Surely worth a trip. Simply beautiful.
  • Andy Heiser 6y

    awesome shot! i was wondering what type of lens you used to take this shot?
  • Festa Acorda Amor 6y

    Fascinating - I really admire your pictures! Thanks for sharing them too!
  • The Wiz is in Canada 6y

    Wonderful shot!

    You've also got - The Wiz Award!
    Woody Wood Pecker
  • Aaron Brown 6y

    Outstanding, sir!
  • Arturo Donate 6y

    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.
  • dan pratezina 6y

    Beautiful; incredible cool colors!
  • Marco Waagmeester 6y

    Outstanding colors and work, one of the most appealing captures i have seen!
  • Justin Smith 6y

    Great shot.
  • Rich Shallcross 6y

    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..
  • David Brevard 4y

    Marvelous First-Class Work! Highly Professional!!
  • braveheart54 4y

    simply amazing,
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Taken on January 14, 2009
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