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Peter Stubley | profile | all galleries >> Underwater >> Galapagos 2012 tree view | thumbnails | slideshow

Galapagos 2012

I had an unexpected opportunity to return to the Galapagos Islands. There were a few challenges, but we saw lots of great stuff, pretty much everything on the "checklist." Because we went to see big animals (whale sharks, schools of hammerhead sharks, ...), and because the conditions can be difficult with current and surge, I did not even take the macro port or the strobes. Strobes are not permitted for the sharks and whale sharks anyways, to help minimize our impact. Available light underwater photography tends to produce a blue cast on everything, so I found myself converting most shots to black and white. I think I classify myself as an impressionist photographer (I post-process the image so it looks like what I remember reality looking like, similar to the Impressionist painters, who went home and painted their impression, rather than trying to capture it "live"), and black and white seems to be most successful in expressing my impression.
Pas de deux.
Pas de deux.
Sea lions.
Sea lions.
Sea lion.
Sea lion.
Caves.
Caves.
Whale shark.
Whale shark.
Trying to keep up.
Trying to keep up.
Swimming with eagle rays.
Swimming with eagle rays.
A boy and his whale shark....
A boy and his whale shark....
Zig zag.
Zig zag.
Grace.
Grace.
Schooling barracuda.
Schooling barracuda.
Schooling hammerhead sharks.
Schooling hammerhead sharks.
Hello!!
Hello!!
More hammerheads.
More hammerheads.
Surf's up!
Surf's up!
Hammerheads closer.
Hammerheads closer.
Another turtle.
Another turtle.
Schooling hammerhead sharks.  Again.
Schooling hammerhead sharks. Again.
Soft corals.
Soft corals.
Looking down on a school of hammerheads.
Looking down on a school of hammerheads.
Schooling eagle rays.
Schooling eagle rays.
Dolphin tails.
Dolphin tails.
Another school of hammerhead sharks.
Another school of hammerhead sharks.
Wall dive.
Wall dive.
A really big fish....
A really big fish....
Penguins!
Penguins!
Who you looking at, dude?
Who you looking at, dude?
Manta ray.
Manta ray.
Wall.
Wall.
Swimming with hammerheads.
Swimming with hammerheads.