3rd Place Compact Wide Angle Ocean Art 2018 Jin Woo Lee

3rd Place Compact Behavior

Jin Woo Lee

"La Siesta"


Jin won a gift certificate from Bluewater Travel

The Story: I was lucky enough to travel Mexico's finest shark diving site, the Revillagigedo Archipelago for my Christmas break. While I was on the Pacific, weather and visibility were perfect for diving. The sun was bright and water was crystal clear and calm. The Captain of the liveaboard said that I and other divers were fortunate enough to visit and stay at the Roca Partida. The diving was outstanding. It was my first time seeing pelagics and whale sharks. Among those incredible encounters, I could observe white tip reef sharks laying together at the balcony of a cliff. It was a great oppurtunity to take fascinating photos; however, it was not as easy as I had thought. Getting closer to them was a huge problem. To get closer to sharks, I had to control my breath to not make any bubbles first. That wasn’t really a problem, but strong vertical current pushed my body to bottom, which made all the sharks freak out. The flash woke them up as well. I tried and tried, then finally I shot a perfect composition of sharks laying on the balcony. Four white tip reef sharks were lined up as they were family. 

Location:  Roca Partida, Revillagigedo Archipelago, Mexico

Equipment Used: SONY RX-100M5, Nauticam Housing, Sola 800, INON D-2000 x 2, INON UWL-H10028M67 + Dome Lens Unit II

Camera Settings:  f/6.3, ISO 200, 10.51mm, 1/250 


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