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Shark attack at Photography Expedition

Dennis Hissink
PMA 2010 Report
Saturday 15th, December 2007
Posted by: Dennis Hissink

The M/V Shearwater departs from West Palm Beach (Florida) towards the Bahamas where we go on our shark expedition. During this expedition we are searching for large sharks such as the tiger shark, the bull shark and the great hammerhead shark. The Nikon D80 in combination with the Nikon 12-24mm lens will capture a very special experience. I am nervous about what is to come. I do not know if they are healthy nerves or if they are nerves that make me ask myself if I should have booked this trip... After a very rough passage from West Palm Beach to the Bahamas I prepare my camera in the morning.

Shark attack

Shark attacks underwater photographer
"I am standing on the back deck of the M/V Shearwater and am ready to jump in the water. I have to clear my throat three times and ask myself if I really want to do this. About 10 Caribbean reef sharks are circling below me. They have curiously approached the smell of the bait, which is in closed crates so that the sharks cannot eat it, but are attracted to it. Jim, the captain, reassures me again that nothing can go wrong as long as I let myself into the water slowly. My breath is quick and I feel the furthest thing from comfortable. I look for a spot near the reef and try to calm down.

Shark attack

Sea & Sea DX-D80 Underwater housing
The underwater housing that I have the pleasure of working with is the Sea & Sea DX-D80 with an accompanying NX-fisheye dome port. For optimal lighting I use two Sea & Sea YS110 flashes which are fastened by the Sea&Sea brackets. The flashes are operated via an external TTL-converter, which is developed by Sea&Sea especially for Nikon Digital SLR cameras.

Shark attack

Bahamas Shark Photography Expedition
I have the Nikon D80 DSLR in a Sea and Sea underwater housing in my hands, as well as two Sea&Sea YS110 flashes. I do not do any photographing in the first 15 minutes. I feel safe with this big camera between me and the sharks. At one point my breathing gets easier and I start looking around a bit more easily. I notice that the sharks do not pay any attention to me or the other divers. The only things that they are interested in are the fish boxes and they actually deal with them rather casually when they realize that they are not able to get to the fish..." Continue to read the full Shark Photography expedition at LetsGoDigital Online Magazine!

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