Shark Shots #vertigo

This post is about sharks, specifically photographing sharks at Vertigo, for our latest manta news, check our our manta mania Manta Mania 2016 trip report and behind the scenes write-ups.

Now, back to Vertigo.

Here’s 5 reasons to come back to Yap using just one dive site and the most consistent of all things here in Yap, Sharks.

The only thing that changes here is the water conditions, the shark conditions are always the same, lots and lots of reef sharks.

Reason #1 – the surface shooting

When the water is clear, and it usually is, the black-tip shooting just off of the boat is incredible.

Speed up your shutter and you can freeze the light and catch the dapple effect on the sides of these sharks.

Reason #2 – strobe shooting at depth

There are dramatic shots to pull at Vertigo using strobes down on the reef and over the edge of the wall.

The blues and gradient from the sun ball on a clear day make for high contrast images and when the water is really clear, you can read “Yap Divers” on the boat from 22m.

Reason #3 – silhouette shooting

Drop down the wall and look up at circling shark silhouettes. Incoming tide dives offer the best water clarity and fast shutter speeds make for sharp lines on the edges of your subjects.

Reason #4 – so easy, kids do it!

Kids and sharks mix. Here is a family diver at our last Kids Sea Camp photographing black-tips at the surface.

Reason #5 – day or night

Last year at MantaFest, we did a little experiment mixing a colorful sunset, a boatload of photogs and Vertigo. It worked.

We’ll be trying this again this year at MantaFest and sending some visiting photographers home with some custom media.

Here’s just one more reason to come back to Yap – you never know what you’re going to see.

This whale shark interacted with our whole boat in the water after a “10” shark dive at Vertigo at our last Kids Sea Camp.

All of these photos are from the last several seasons. Vertigo is a photographer’s friend – guaranteed animals however you want them, from the bottom up, from the side or a split with a sunset.

We do this everyday here =)

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Jim Reilly
Jim Reilly
11:27 21 Mar 18
We stayed at the hotel and dove with Manta Ray divers in early December 2017. The hotel is very comfortable, well run and staffed with wonderful employees. During our visit my wife came down with an illness and the consideration and support from the hotel and dive staff could not have been more
Sandy Stinson
Sandy Stinson
16:03 03 Mar 18
The staff couldn't be more friendly and accommodating. Food is good, (worth upgrading to include all meals). Diving is good more
Alex Divinsky
Alex Divinsky
17:24 01 Jan 18
The best place to stay in Yap. The resort is really nice and clean, the scuba diving is great, and the docked ship that houses the bar, restaurant, and movie screen is very cool. I really enjoyed my stay more
10:44 01 Jan 18
Offers one of the best accommodation service. It also has a uniquely designed restaurant.
Yi-Hsin Lin
Yi-Hsin Lin
00:53 21 Feb 17
The whole place centers around the scuba diving operation. Probably better to find somewhere else if you're not a diver. The dive operation was generally good, but a little too laid back - schedules weren't always clear, and sometimes would change without any notice. Sometimes it was hard to tell if this was really because of changing tides/weather or because of the island pace of life. Pizza is a surprisingly good option at the more
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