Shot early in the morning (an hour after sunrise) at
in the Maldives.
This guy was very active and quite
aggressive. The few attacks (bites) are believed to be cases of mistaken identity of swimmers and
waders as prey and none have been fatal.
Unfortunately the camera had a lot of zoom on but he was travelling so fast in my
direction there was no time for adjustments.
Compare the shot above with the normal 'middle of the day' shot to the right.
A totally different fish. The shark doesn't seem to be feeding, is rather timid and swims away.
The angles are all wrong for a good looking shot. Boring as the shark is facing the wrong way.
Plus, not good that it is deeper (ie not side on).
This shot had some zoom and later
was cropped in a big way. Shows just how far away the shark was, and moving down and
even further away.
A big plus of early morning or late afternoon dives - the best LCD visibility and activity
8am or 9am in the tropics is still only an hour or two after dawn. Again late afternoon ie 4PM,
you will have a clear LCD screen.
Another bonus. At cross-over points of night to day and vice versa, some
night critters are about.
Plus, the day guys are busy feeding rather than worrying about you.
Plankton rises from the depths to feed at night, which attracts small fish and they attract big fish.
Some plankton can be slow to dive when the day breaks, so the plankton feeders are still
feeding when you pop in for your pre-breakfast dive.
In the early or late sun, no worry about limited light. The camera copes just fine. The sun
angle is less 'flat' which is good as it gives added profile and depth to the photos.
It's an active time on the reef which is a plus, on top of a beautifully clear LCD screen - win win.