6th Place Cold Water Category


6th Place Cold Water

Allison Vitsky Sallmon


Torpedo ray and blacksmith school at Farnsworth Banks, Catalina island, California

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Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 8-15mm fisheye @8mm
F11, 1/160th, ISO 320

Farnsworth Banks, on the back side of Catalina Island, is a site that is known for patrolling torpedo rays.  On this summer day, there seemed to be more than usual, hunting among a huge school of blacksmith.  It occurred to me that a torpedo ray would make an excellent subject for a circular image, but they are only about a meter in diameter and can produce a powerful electrical shock; I would have to get very close with my 8 mm lens!  I approached the underside (or "business side") of this ray very closely, taking just a few images before backing off.  


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