Michael Braunstein  

Cuban salt water crocodile by Michael Braunstein

August 2019 - Cuban salt water crocodile

About the Image(s)

This photo was taken in Cuba about 3 weeks ago at a protected area called Jardines de la Reina. . I used a Canon 5d mark1/V and a Canon 16-35 mm lens in a Nauticam housing. I did not use strobes for this photo. The shutter speed was 1/200th and the stop was 8. ISO was 320. The water was very clear. Processing was done in Luminar.

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6 comments posted

Beverly Caine   Beverly Caine
(Groups 48 & 80)
If I knew how to swim and wasn't afraid of alligators and crocs, I sign up to be your assistant in a heartbeat. Fabulous image.   Posted: 08/06/2019 07:22:01

Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
(Group 67)
This image has a terrific WOW factor that just cannot be ignored. The image produces a view that most people will never see and are thus attracted to. You have produced wonderful colors and sharpness and you have the croc placed on a diagonal (a powerful composition tool) that anchors on two of the traditional fixation points. In a very bright image you have used the display of white teeth to draw the eye and hold the viewer's attention.

It looks like there may have been some noise on the croc's belly but it is minor. You might consider doing a bit of noise reduction on that area.

I can see some judge complaining about the lack of an eye, if he/she doesn't know that crocs close their eye when biting but for me this is simply a stunning and well done image.   Posted: 08/06/2019 13:21:28

Stuart Caine   Stuart Caine
Michael, great picture. The only comment I can make is I would have used a 1000mm lens. That crocodile would be close to me to be confortable. Great, perfect color and balance.   Posted: 08/11/2019 06:53:14

Sarah Bernstein   Sarah Bernstein
Wonderful color and sharpness. I like the seagrass and the water above the croc that repeat the diagonal line of the croc. It is a pretty amazing photo and composition.   Posted: 08/11/2019 12:30:04

Pat Choo   Pat Choo
Wow! i would have fainted on the spot .. too close for comfort. Glad you survived to share this. It's a brilliant photo and it keeps me looking at it - good lighting, details, the water ripples and reflection. Details are in the opened jaw and teeth... no need eyes in this instance. I'm certainly drawn to the croc's jaws.   Posted: 08/13/2019 22:27:24
Michael Braunstein   Michael Braunstein
Thanks. i got out of the water after that shot.
  Posted: 08/13/2019 22:48:33