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@jaydickmanphoto On the recent National Geographic Expedition’s “French Polynesia: Beyond the Postcard” Expedition, we visited a deep, freshwater cave on the island of Makatea. Good friend and Lindblad naturalist/Photographer extraordinaire David Cothran and I got to the cave a couple of hours early to light the place with 4 dive flashlights. The secret is to not blast the place with “nuclear-level” lighting, but to just bring up the light level, “feathering” the light so it’s soft and even. As exposure is cumulative, what looked like, to the eye to be very low amounts of light, during the exposure actually “built” in brightness. The addition of people in the photo provides scale so the size of the cavern can be established. @natgeoexpeditions @natgeotravel @natgeocreative @natgeoadventure #natgeoexpeditions

Photo by #natgeoexpeditions photographer @jonathan_irish. There’s a place off the northwest coast of Moorea (in French Polynesia) where you can get up close and personal with stingrays. I don’t advocate the hand feeding of these beautiful creatures, but it is indeed very cool to be so close to them. They will literally crawl up on you, out of the water, if they think you might have food for them. It’s a pretty crazy experience. Black tip reef sharks frequent the area as well. I spent my time there trying to get some cool over/under shots of this scene, doing my best to capture something interesting below as well as some action above the water. I could have spent hours there. It was such a fun and unique experience. #stingray #frenchpolynesia

Sunrise in Yellowstone National Park. Photo taken by student Tori P. on our Yellowstone Student Photography Workshop. #sunrise #buffalo #yellowstone

Follow the leader. A group of Adelie Penguins head out for a swim amongst the Antarctic ice. Photo by #natgeoexpeditions photographer @ryderred. #penguins #adelie #antarctica

A group of hippos lounge in the Mfuwe Lodge lagoon. Photo by #natgeoexpeditions photographer @kengeiger. #zambia #hippo @bushcampcompany

The Milky Way over a hot spring in Yellowstone National Park. Photo taken by student Caroline U. on our Yellowstone Photography Workshop. #natgeostudentexpeditions #yellowstone #milkyway

Photo by #natgeoexpeditions photographer @nesbittphotography. This little cutie shows his face in Tracy Arm Fjord. Harbor seals haul out on the ice here to hide from predators and give birth to their pups. #alaska #seal

@jaydickmanphoto On the National Geographic Orion during our recent Expedition, “French Polynesia, Beyond the Postcard,” we passed through the very fast moving current of Taputa Pass on our way into Rangiroa lagoon. The power of the porpoises as they sped along in front of the bow of the Orion is amazing as they’ll effortlessly swim in front of our bow, accelerating either forward, or doing spins, or leaping up to 20’ out of the air.
This was shot at 1/15th of a second, to emphasize the motion of the critter. Holding a focus point in the viewfinder on a dorsal fin enhances the chances of getting an image with a slight zone of focus. @natgeoexpeditions @natgeocreative @thephotosociety #natgeoexpeditions

Godafoss Waterfall in North Iceland. Photo by #natgeoexpeditions photographer @susanseubert. #iceland #goðafoss

Photo @jasonedwardsng When people explore Australia they’re often surprised at how diverse the landscapes and wildlife are, but also how large and empty the country is. I find this a little surprising given my country is a continent, but that is one of the joys of exploration with National Geographic Expeditions we find and share, something new in everything we do. This is a Boab tree native to Australia, and not a Baobab found in Africa. @natgeoexpeditions #natgeoexpeditions #desertlife

Photo by @sandesh_kadur natgeo expedition photographer - this lioness intently looks across the #serengeti plain to nail down its next target. She’s one of a pride of tree-climbing lions regularly seen at Serengeti National Park in #tanzania Lions have been celebrated throughout history for their courage and strength. They once roamed most of Africa and parts of Asia and Europe. Today they are found only in parts of sub-Saharan Africa, except for one very small population of Asian lions that survives in India's Gir Forest.
This image was shot while on expedition with National Geographic #africabyprivatejet

#Worldlionday #felisimages #bigcatsofinstagram #bigcatsforever #bigcats #natgeoexpeditions

Lion cubs at #natgeolodge @tswalu. Photo taken by field guide Laura Christie. #lionday #tswalu #lion #cubs

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