5th Place Novice DSLR Ocean Art 2015 Lauric Thiault

5th Place, Novice DSLR

Lauric Thiault

"Ma'o mauri"


Lauric won a gift certificate from Bluewater Travel!


The story:  This photo was taken during a shark monitoring project with the French Polynesia Shark Observatory (http://www.requinsdepolynesie.com/) at La Vallée Blanche, Tahiti. I was in charge of taking ID pictures of tiger sharks, which turned out to be a bit frustrating because no tiger shark showed up this day. At the end of the second unsuccessful dive, I decided to pass the time photographing the smaller reef sharks that followed us to the safety stop. I held my breath, facing the surface and waiting for a shark to come between the sun and me. After a few attempts, this pregnant black tip shark (“ma’o mauri” in Tahitian) came right into the frame and I had the shot I had in mind.

Location:  La Vallée Blanche, Tahiti, French Polynesia

Camera:  Nikon D800; Fisheye 10-17 F3.5-4.5 Tokina; F13, 1/160th, ISO 320



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