Photo by @brianskerry
a great white shark swims through an undersea forest, approaching a ray, in the waters off south australia. the largest predatory fish in the sea, the great white remains somewhat enigmatic, with much of its life and behaviors unknown.
as a visual storyteller working in the sea for decades, i am always thinking about how to create images that will engage the viewer. i search for places and brief moments during which i can make a picture that will make people want to know more about the animal or place. producing such images requires spending a lot of time underwater, waiting for that elusive moment that will resonate as a photograph.
photographed #onassignment for @natgeo#australia#nikonlove#nikonambassador#visualstorytelling#sharks#greatwhite@subal_underwater_housing
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Photo by @brianskerry
happy #worldwhaleday - a pair of southern right whales engage in courtship in the waters off the auckland islands in new zealand’s sub-antarctic. their cousins, the north atlantic right whales, are the most endangered species of whale on earth, with only about 450 remaining. both species were hunted to the brink of extinction by early whalers, but the southern species, while also endangered, recovered better, due to the fact that they live further away from human industrialization.
being in this chilly water water with 45-foot long whales that weigh 70-tons was a little intimidating, but absolutely beautiful. as an underwater photographer, i cannot use long, telephoto lenses to photograph my subjects or wait in a camouflaged blind for days on end. i can only stay underwater as long as the air supply on my back lasts and must get very close to make pictures. when animals like these whales allow you into their world it is a very special experience.
photographed on assignment for @natgeo#whales#nz#underwater#endangered#nikonlove#nikonambassador@subal_underwater_housing
Welcome to “memoirs of an olympic photographer” ... today’s olympic memoir is: team sweden 4 man bobsled 1994 winter olympics lillehammer norway.
there was a picture that had escaped me at 2 previous winter olympics ... pan action of the 4 man bobsled. this morning would be my only opportunity to photograph the sport in lillehammer. i knew the course from earlier events and made notes following the luge final. turn 12 would be sunlit during heat 1 and was a 180 degree curve with a tall tv platform at its center point. this offered a consistent 200mm distance from camera to the track throughout the entire curve.
the tv platform was indeed empty during heat 1 so i secured a manfrotto super clamp to the railing and connected a wimberley head. the wimberley head supports a camera with lens and enables a perfectly fluid horizontal pan along with vertical movement simultaneously.
the new nascar built geoff bo-dyn usa bobsled would run late in heat 1. this gave me time to practice my “wimberley pan” on 85 mph bobsleds using shutter speeds from 1/60 to 1/8.
for the first 5 bobsleds i hand held the camera and panned as usual but felt i was varying the horizontal plane. for the next 10 bobsleds i looked through the camera’s eye piece while panning with the wimberley. felt like a good horizontal pan but too difficult pivoting my upper body fast enough to center the bobsled.
finally, i backed my eye off 10 inches from the camera’s eye piece. i could still see the bobsled in the eye piece even while panning with the wimberley. i also tilted the frame hoping the diagonal would be more forgiving regarding bobsled placement.
the film confirmed it. early images were way off center and too blurry but i had much higher percentages when i backed my eye off 10 inches and tilted frame. newsweek ran a shot of team usa as a horizontal, but for this ig olympic memoir i decided to rotate the image and post team sweden as a vertical. looks like a rocket.
join me tomorrow for another “memoirs of an olympic photographer” @nikonusa#nikonnofilter#nikonambassador#olympicgames#winterolympics#bobsled#panaction#teamsweeden#sportsphotography