Dream Day at the Office

June 17th, 2012

One of three female scalloped hammerhead sharks take a curious pass at the camera.

Hola friends!

As many of you may know, I’m an AVID fan of sharks.  Last week, I had the pleasure of photographing three beautiful scalloped hammerhead sharks without a cage–something I’ve always wanted to do my whole life!  Just one baby step closer to my ultimate dream–white sharks!  So with housing in hand, a Mark IV and a fisheye, into the water I went!  Special thanks to the staff at Sea Life Park, Josh and the gang at Hawaii Photo Rental, and Cheryl Tsutumi!  Enjoy!

Like the dolphin experience, Sea Life Park now offers guests a chance to be in the water with various species of sharks native to Hawaiian waters.

The sharks were quite wary of me upon my entry into their domain. I actually had to let them get used to me to be able to get them to come close to the camera and me. Keep in mind this is a fisheye, so they REALLY got close on some passes, like this one.

When they finally got a bit more comfortable with me, I was able to get under them for some nice shots of them passing overhead.

Overall, just an amazing experience to be in the water with them!

6 Responses to “Dream Day at the Office”

  1. Patrick:

    Love the pic of the hammerhead shark.

  2. Sprayhawk:

    Fun times! Which side of the safety net were you on?

  3. jammaquino:

    Thanks Patrick!

    @Sprayhawk, Good to hear from you!! It’s been a while, I know. To answer your question, I was outside the safety net to be able to get a nice shot of the divers within. I dove down about 10-15 feet or so on snorkel.

  4. Sprayhawk:

    Forget about the divers- were you in the shark side of the net to capture your images of the sharks?

  5. jammaquino:

    Whoa. Alright forget about them divers. Yes I was outside the cage, free swimming with the sharks. If you look at the images there is no wire mesh obstructing the shot and the perspectives are all different. I hope tht answers your question now. Thank you

  6. Sprayhawk:

    That’s what I was thinking. Must have been thrilling to capture these images!

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