A lemon shark (Negaprion brevirostris) snaps its jaws at the surface, shown in super slow motion at 1000 fps.
I shot this years ago in the Bahamas with @jim_abernethy
, and for some reason have waited three years to share it publicly. I had become interested in the idea of high-speed underwater photography long ago, but my career pushed me back toward a focus in tech, and I started to dry out a bit. Although I was never able to realize my dreams of building out a proper underwater camera to do high-speed work, compact cameras like the Sony RX100 series started to shoot faster and faster frame rates. There is a serious resolution and quality hit at high frame rates (there is no replacement for a proper high-speed camera), but as you can see in this image, the results can still be impressive.
Gear used: some flavor of Sony RX100 in a Nauticam underwater housing and the Nautical WWL-1 wet wide angle lens (with generous support in a loaner from @reefphotovideo
). The “wet” part of this lens was tricky to handle when shooting splits (half in, and half out of the water). To solve this, I trapped water between the flat port and the wet wide angle lens by sandwiching an o-ring between them. No more bubbles between the two! I left the o-ring (and trapped water) between the two for the entire week-long trip.
During most of the trip, I shot video at 240 fps, which is the best compromise between speed and quality in the RX100 (it’s the slowest of the high-speed frame rates). I took exactly one clip at 1000 fps, and it happened to be this one—I got super lucky. :) #underwater #shark #underwaterphotography #highspeed #slowmotion #bahamas #nauticam #sony #sonyrx100 #lemonsnap #marinelife @echengphoto