Stephan Debelle  

Bora Bora - Above & Below by Stephan Debelle

May 2020 - Bora Bora - Above & Below

About the Image(s)

This is actually one of the image I have for sale on my Gallery. It was taken several month back, we spend about two hours on the spot with the intent to capture mid air/water images with the Black Tip sharks. I do not recall the exact settings, the camera was a Canon 5DS R as I wanted very high resolution photos, slower camera but great for nature shots. Lens is a Sigma Fish Eye 11mm, I usually take these images at F11 so I have a crisp bottom and top, focus is usually on the bottom to have sharp animals. So typical settings ISO 250-400 F8-11 to maintain a speed above 250/s. No Photoshop or special effects, retouching with lightroom mostly is to remove water drops & adjusting the color and light on the bottom part as we lose warm colors quickly in the water. PS: Although controversial, we do feed them some small pieces of Sardines to get them close to the lens.

7 comments posted

Bob Legg   Bob Legg
Stephan,this is really a fantastic image. It has Impact, Sharp, Colorful, perfectly exposed. Only a tiny nit pick, I wish the shark closest to you had his fin protruding above the water or not behind that small ripple. Really excellent shot as it tells the viewer how beautiful the water and your vacation spot is.   Posted: 05/05/2020 19:19:23

Bob Wills   Bob Wills
Similar to a previous entry. Color is terrific, as is the sharpness. Quite a bit to look at, but all that makes for a great "travel here" image. Looks pretty sharp to me also.   Posted: 05/06/2020 13:15:11

Judy Burr   Judy Burr
I really like this image, but think it would be more dramatic with less sky. I also cloned part of a tail/fin in the lower right corner. The lines going across the sharks add quite a lot of interest for me; I am not sure if they are part of the sharks or from the water, but I love them.Technically this is right on with exposure and color.   Posted: 05/09/2020 11:39:00
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Karen Harris   Karen Harris
Well, I've been known to feed a chipmunk or two for a shot so I will not pass judgment. :-) I think this shot is just totally awesome. I'm sure you will sell some.   Posted: 05/11/2020 18:27:33

Stephan Debelle   Stephan Debelle
Thank you for the comments, I agree with Judy in cropping out the sky, seems to bring more attention on the sharks. It is hard to control the fins position:-) I was alone on this one, feeding them some small pieces of sardines to get them close to the lens - They do get a little excited at times, I am always very cautious when I am with clients. I unfortunately have not been to this spot since the all Covid thing, soon! I do love seeing them in the water, they are just amazing creatures.   Posted: 05/11/2020 18:38:00

Bill Foy   Bill Foy
Agree with the previous comments about composition, color, clarity - with Judy about the lines on the sharks and cropping the sky.   Posted: 05/16/2020 12:55:42

Tam Phan   Tam Phan
As for me your picture is amazing.I never know that method to take shot upper and under water.
I like your picture.   Posted: 05/19/2020 21:36:50


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