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By CraigBill    
For years I have wanted to visit the Cayman Islands for its tropical jungle beauty, crystal blue reef waters and indigenous rum cake. But one adventure I have always cultivated in my bucket list was swimming with stingrays. Being both a photographer and a biologist, this aspiration seemed well placed. Twenty five miles out from the island, but partially surrounded by Grand Cayman as a large bay, there are vast shallow, sandy and pure water sandbars that are perfect for stingrays. Known as "Stingray City", this is where ocean lovers can mingle with marine life in three to four foot deep water. By wading among the friendly aquatic life that gather on this sandbar, you get a once-in-a-lifetime experience to get up close to some of the most magnificent marine creatures of the Caribbean: the Southern Atlantic Stingray. In preparation, I brought along my underwater camera with a large dome attached to the front to create "Over-Under" captures, or having both above and under water in one shot. Definitely not as easy as it looks, I swam around and outside of the tourists to patiently compose and capture these beautiful animals moving to and from the mingling event. The sun was diving intermittently behind clouds which added exposure complications. Even in shallow water, the light needs to be bright for good shots. Many of the captures were no good at all, but my experience with other various types of photography helped my planning and expectations in this dynamic photographic environment and held my frustrations in check. In fact, when I first got all my photographic and snorkeling equipment together and sank below the water, a card error made me crawl back out onto the boat and completely undo the underwater housing and camera to address the problem - which is extremely risky on a humidity dripping, rocky and splashy small boat. But still, even with all the planning and readiness, my goal of panoramic underwater images barely came to reality.

Tags: Marine Panoramic Shark Ocean Ray Pano Stingray Wildlife and nature

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pink Plus
18 6.8k 9 United Kingdom
6 Aug 2019 8:47AM
Superbly caught
sparrowhawk Plus
12 282 2 United Kingdom
6 Aug 2019 9:20AM
6 Aug 2019 9:20AM
Beautiful image

Owdman Plus
5 6 23 United Kingdom
6 Aug 2019 10:43AM
Definitely worth the effort.
chataignier Plus
8 204 10 France
6 Aug 2019 11:05AM
Wonderful experience, great shot !
clicknimagine Plus
11 896 105 India
6 Aug 2019 11:12AM
Your patience has paid off beautifully

6 Aug 2019 3:46PM
Thank "yall" for the compliments
Minty805 Plus
5 43 9 United Kingdom
6 Aug 2019 3:58PM
Absolutely outstanding. The composition, the toning and the wonderful light beams all come together to make something special.
rontear Plus
18 23 9 England
6 Aug 2019 4:50PM
Stunning !! Craig. Marine perfection. My award.
Mike_Smith Plus
14 817 2 United Kingdom
6 Aug 2019 5:21PM
absolutely outstanding image, stunning.
Your careful preparation has paid off.
A masterpiece.
Barry NZ
Chinga Plus
10 3 2 United Kingdom
7 Aug 2019 1:59AM
Beautiful image presented...
Love the colour tones as well...
Isabel GrinGrin
7 Aug 2019 4:39AM
Stellar effort and shot , good job capturing the wild blue yonder over and under!
Cheers Walt

bassan Plus
18 15
7 Aug 2019 10:23PM
Superb composition and colours

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