f 7.1, 1/200th sec, ISO 500, 16mm
My first trip to Guadalupe Island, I obviously concentrated on getting the best great white shark pictures possible. On my second trip, friends and family wanted me to capture the experience of being eye-to-eye with a great white shark from inside a dive cage. I thought this would be no problem. When I actually tried to get that picture, I discovered the sharks would swim below the cage, above the cage, around the cage, but I could not get the nose-to-nose picture I envisioned. Finally, on the last day, a great white shark cooperated. The shark slowly glided up to the adjacent dive cage, stopped, and stared right at the wide-eyed divers. I took a couple of shots and got the exact image I wanted. I made a point to direct my flash on the shark, and not the dive cage. I let the ambient light illuminate the cage without unwanted reflections. My goal was to draw the viewer’s eye to the shark, down his snout, and to the cage.