Monday, August 06, 2007

my lucky shot of a sea turtle


My last day in Kona, Taylor and I kayaked out in the ocean before my afternoon flight out. One of my hopes for the trip was to photograph those awesome sea turtles that seem to be everywhere in Hawaii. Unfortunately during the whole trip I only saw a few, and when I tried to photograph them it seemed they always got away before I could get a good shot.

Right after I took the photo above we spotted a turtle swimming near the surface so we paddled up to it and I acted quickly and just stuck my camera underwater about a foot (in the housing of course) and started snapping away. I was pretty sure that it wasn't going to work out either technically or compositionally since it was really rushed and I didn't even get close to "composing the shot". But one of the 4 frames I squeezed off was this one, and I like it. Lucky!

11 Comments:

Blogger Lorenzo Menendez said...

what?!?!?! no comments on this yet?!?! love that turtle shot man, it looks so sick. i got a lucky turtle shot when i was in Kauai.....but of course yours is about a BILLION times cooler than mine. STOP BEING BETER THAN ME MAN!!!!! hahahahaha more sick pics.....i demand it.

8/07/2007 1:40 AM  
Blogger eightyone81 said...

hey man!
nice turtle shot! Man, I have been on the road for just over a week and getting over it. can't believe what you are doing... but then again i guess you are not traveling by plane with 16 cases of equipment and you are not assisting, hehehe...
question: does your underwater housing "silence" the camera? I need a housing for a movie shoot and figured to buy an underwater one if it does the silencing job so I can play with it after the job.
let me know...

best


Jonas

8/07/2007 6:36 AM  
Blogger Ryan said...

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8/08/2007 10:02 AM  
Blogger Ryan said...

Nice shot again!!!!

I am going to Medford, Oregon for a quick job. I wish I could get up to the Hood River to do some windsurfing.
Have you been to Medford, is there anything cool near by to go shoot?

Good luck with all your weddings...
Ryan

8/08/2007 10:04 AM  
Blogger ed pingol said...

i don't think it's luck, man. you got "skillz".

//ed

8/08/2007 11:26 AM  
Blogger June said...

"Hey Dude, like totally gnarley man."
-Finding Nemo

I hope you know what I'm talking about :)

PS Tell Tink that I'll have a new phone soon and the sec I do I'll give her a ringy...and also that I miss and LOOOOOVVVVEEEE HER....and you too in a very appropriate friend way :)

8/08/2007 8:46 PM  
Blogger blaine said...

Hey Jonas,
The housing does for sure silence the noise of the camera. Sometimes if it's kind of a noisy environment then the only way I know it's firing is when I feel the click rather than hear it.
They also make camera housings that are just for noise with foam and stuff on the inside. I assisted a golf photographer who used one and it worked good. But if you can swing it to get an underwater housing for the shoot, do that because you can play around in the water afterwards!
Check out http://www.delmarhousings.com/ Erik is the best!

8/10/2007 12:33 AM  
Blogger blaine said...

Hey Ryan,
I've been to Medford before but it was pretty boring from what I remember...
Whats your job up there?

8/10/2007 12:35 AM  
Blogger eightyone81 said...

hey Blaine!

Thanks! I didn't wanna buy one of those silencer housings since i have no other use for it, i'll check out the underwater ones.

Thanks man!

8/11/2007 7:25 PM  
Anonymous m. chan said...

wow, this shot is unbelievable!

8/13/2007 10:44 PM  
Anonymous Marnie said...

Incredible!

8/17/2007 3:13 PM  

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