Caiman under the Stars

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Uploaded 7 Aug 2008 — 21 favorites
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© Matt Burrard-Lucas
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Photo Info
UploadedAugust 7, 2008
TakenJune 4, 2008
ModelCanon EOS-1Ds Mark III
Exposure2751 sec at f/4.5
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length16 mm
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I took this photograph of a spectacled caiman in the Brazilian Pantanal with my brother Will. The caiman was in a small stream waiting for unfortunate fish to pass through its open jaws. We exposed the foreground with a remote flash (effectively ‘freezing’ the caiman and the water) and then kept the shutter open to capture the star trails. With the foreground being totally black (i.e. no more light reaching the sensor) it was no longer exposed whilst the star trails were captured.

The Milky Way can be seen as the bright strip running diagonally through the sky.

8 responses

  • aubrey marvin

    aubrey marvin gave props (7 Aug 2008):

    veryveryvery nice

  • Garth Miles

    Garth Miles gave props (7 Aug 2008):


  • Laurie Search

    Laurie Search gave props (7 Aug 2008):

    Wow!! Cool, cool, cool!!!

  • Samuel M

    Samuel M gave props (11 Aug 2008):

    This is amazing. Simply put.

  • Anna Chipman

    Anna Chipman gave props (13 Aug 2008):

    Freaking awesome picture. I love the dragged shutter which gives the image so much more depth. Great job on that!

  • Larrie Knights

    Larrie Knights said (15 Aug 2008):

    Stunning shot beautifully captured, I would had ran a mile away from the croc :) I'm so glad you didn't

  • Seth Deibel

    Seth Deibel gave props (13 Nov 2009):

    One of the most amazing things I've ever seen!!!

  • Nishad Sanzagiri

    Nishad Sanzagiri gave props (27 Jan 2010):

    Amazing amazing amazing !!!!!!!

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