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Waterworld

By CraigBill    
or 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 a panoramic over/under image barely came to reality.

Tags: Ocean Pano Reef Landscape and travel stingrays

Voters: PhilT2, ArtoVuoti, Toobi_Won and 32 more

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Toobi_Won 8 77 7 England
20 Aug 2019 4:48PM
A fabulous image Craig, you are certainly living the dream!
You seem to be lacking in the luck department though, I remember the problems you encountered at the Mesa ArchWink
As I said then, all the great artists have suffered for their art, probably what made them greatSmile
Mike

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stunning Grin
rontear Plus
16 21 8 England
20 Aug 2019 7:38PM
Excellent Craig !! mission accomplished !!
Ron
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9 18 4 United Kingdom
20 Aug 2019 8:03PM
Fantastic capture
I would love to snorkel thereWink
Rob
20 Aug 2019 8:14PM
Excellent !!!!!
A brilliant capture.
barrywebb 13 44 7 United Kingdom
20 Aug 2019 9:24PM
Super image as always. Never the standard shot, great stuff!
Barry
20 Aug 2019 9:29PM

Quote:Excellent Craig !! mission accomplished !!
Ron



Thank you Ron!
20 Aug 2019 9:30PM

Quote:A fabulous image Craig, you are certainly living the dream!
You seem to be lacking in the luck department though, I remember the problems you encountered at the Mesa ArchWink
As I said then, all the great artists have suffered for their art, probably what made them greatSmile
Mike



Thank you Mike. I should show a few that were purely good luck Tongue
20 Aug 2019 9:31PM

Quote:Super image as always. Never the standard shot, great stuff!
Barry



Thank you Barry! Hopefully more coming.

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