Such a meaningful capture. ✨🙌 @natgeowild
To me, this shot says “these animals and this space is worth protecting.” I had this shot in my head for a long time before I clicked it. A beautiful olive ridley laying eggs with the stars dancing behind her. There are very few locations where you can achieve this, and this beach in Costa Rica is beyond remote and absent of light pollution, the perfect spot. I love hiking and people that lead to animals and solidarity, now thats a culture pie. 📸 OK lets talk technicalities. As a professional filmmaker and photographer, I analyze a situation and harp on best practices before taking certain shots. You should absolutely not use white lights on nesting beaches because it can disorient turtles on their way to nesting. But this was a single turtle in the middle of laying eggs (which makes her impervious to the light effect) and we (@mike__rollins
and I) painted her with light for a total of 3 seconds and combined with a long exposure, captured both her and the stars. We were also supervised by the biologist on the beach as to make sure we weren’t stressing her out. The location also required permits and everyone there was either a conservation story teller or biologist (5 people total). I felt that it was a good balance of ethics and effect, so I made the photo. What I’m getting at is that we shouldn’t do whatever we want to wild animals without considering their well being. I hope you’re inspired to see wildlife and protect their habitat. Love y’all wildlife warriors. Giant thanks to @mike__rollins
for being integral in capturing this shot. Stay tuned for a new season of “Untamed” from Costa Rica.