@jaydickmanphoto On the recent National Geographic Expedition’s “French Polynesia: Beyond the Postcard” Expedition, we visited a deep, freshwater cave on the island of Makatea. Good friend and Lindblad naturalist/Photographer extraordinaire David Cothran and I got to the cave a couple of hours early to light the place with 4 dive flashlights. The secret is to not blast the place with “nuclear-level” lighting, but to just bring up the light level, “feathering” the light so it’s soft and even. As exposure is cumulative, what looked like, to the eye to be very low amounts of light, during the exposure actually “built” in brightness. The addition of people in the photo provides scale so the size of the cavern can be established. @natgeoexpeditions@natgeotravel@natgeocreative@natgeoadventure#natgeoexpeditions
Photo by #natgeoexpeditions photographer @jonathan_irish. There’s a place off the northwest coast of Moorea (in French Polynesia) where you can get up close and personal with stingrays. I don’t advocate the hand feeding of these beautiful creatures, but it is indeed very cool to be so close to them. They will literally crawl up on you, out of the water, if they think you might have food for them. It’s a pretty crazy experience. Black tip reef sharks frequent the area as well. I spent my time there trying to get some cool over/under shots of this scene, doing my best to capture something interesting below as well as some action above the water. I could have spent hours there. It was such a fun and unique experience. #stingray#frenchpolynesia
Sunrise in Yellowstone National Park. Photo taken by student Tori P. on our Yellowstone Student Photography Workshop. #sunrise#buffalo#yellowstone
@jaydickmanphoto On the National Geographic Orion during our recent Expedition, “French Polynesia, Beyond the Postcard,” we passed through the very fast moving current of Taputa Pass on our way into Rangiroa lagoon. The power of the porpoises as they sped along in front of the bow of the Orion is amazing as they’ll effortlessly swim in front of our bow, accelerating either forward, or doing spins, or leaping up to 20’ out of the air.
This was shot at 1/15th of a second, to emphasize the motion of the critter. Holding a focus point in the viewfinder on a dorsal fin enhances the chances of getting an image with a slight zone of focus. @natgeoexpeditions@natgeocreative@thephotosociety#natgeoexpeditions