How I got the shot

  • By Nick Robertson-Brown
  • 26 Oct, 2016

Eagle Ray Departing - Grand Cayman

Eagle Ray Departing

Species: Spotted Eagle Ray

Location: Grand Cayman

Equipment: Nikon D800, 16mm lens, Sealux Housing, INON Z-240 strobes

Settings: f/16; 1/125 sec; ISO 640


Yes I know, the shot is of the backside of an eagle ray swimming away from me. In its rapid departure the ray has stirred-up lots of sand. The reef is not the best I have ever seen, so there are many reasons that this image does not fit into the usual criteria that are thought to make up a great image. However, this shot has won every competition I have entered it in!


First I entered it into my local underwater photography club competition (NUPG) and it pipped my wife’s shot of a fur seal holding a starfish to the title! More recently it has won a major award – the Royal Society Evolutionary Biology Award.


I had seen this eagle ray feeding in the sand off a small piece of reef in Grand Cayman. I was slowly making my way to try to photograph it, taking a long, semi-circular route to try not to spook it. Alas, other divers were not so stealthy, and before I could get close, it had been spooked away by an eager diver with a GoPro! I grabbed this shot as it departed over the reef.


People really like this shot. Why? Is it because it evokes memories of diving with these wonderful creatures? Is it the movement? The huge tail that sweeps through the sand cloud? The desaturation of the scene? It was our best-selling print at Sharkfest, and it was very popular at the Dive Show. We love it.

Frogfish Blog

By Caroline Robertson-Brown 23 Oct, 2017
The images, by both Nick and Caroline, show the wonderful underwater world and marine life that the Frogfish Photography team have encountered on their travels. Seals and Basking Sharks from the UK, swimming pigs in the Bahamas, schooling fish and colourful coral in Egypt, sharks in South Africa, turtles in St Eustatius and a sunset from Bali in Indonesia. 
By Caroline Robertson-Brown 19 Oct, 2017
The competition to win our book "Underwater Photography Art & Techniques" held on the Scubaverse website has ended and there could only be one luck y winner!

The winner is .... Geoff Stedman from Australia

Congratulations - your book will be on its way to you very soon.

If you did not win, then fear not, all our books are available on our website here and at all good book shops. 
By Caroline Robertson-Brown 11 Oct, 2017
Nick and Caroline will announce the new SSI underwater photography and videography course structures and ethos to the public for the very first time at DIVE 2017 . These new courses are in the final stages of development and will be launched in early 2018. 

If you want to know more then pop along to the SSI / Mares stand at 2pm on either the Saturday or Sunday.
By Caroline Robertson-Brown 10 Oct, 2017
We are members of the Northern Underwater Photography Group (NUPG) and each month they have a competition with a different theme. It is a great way to get you to look through your image library to find something to fit the particular theme. This month is was "Unedited" and so we dug out some images that we liked straight from the camera. No Cropping, no adjustments to contrast or colour, no spot removal.

By Caroline Robertson-Brown 09 Oct, 2017
Grab a chance at winning this fantastic book by clicking here
By Caroline Robertson-Brown 06 Oct, 2017
Giant Mantas in Socorro, manatees in Crystal River in Florida, Seals in the Farne Islands, Sea Lions in Mexico and South Africa - we have had some incredible encounters over recent years. This articles tells the stories of our favourite encounters and will form the basis of our talk at the Dive Show too. I am very lucky that I always have Nick at my side to photograph these wonderful moments.
By Caroline Robertson-Brown 06 Oct, 2017
We are speaking at DIVE 2017 again this year and our talk will be about wide-angle photography and how it can tell as story. We will talk about some of our most memorable underwater encounters and how we got the shots that we use in our photo-journalism for magazines and the wider press. 
By Caroline Robertson-Brown 05 Oct, 2017
Nick and Caroline were delighted to attend the opening of this new exhibition at The Atkinson that features images and displays all about the local coastline.  Their work features images of marine life that can be found in this region, from sharks and seals to tiny nudibranchs.
By Caroline Robertson-Brown 05 Oct, 2017
Images from our underwater photography group trip to the Farne Islands made it into the press recently with images in print and plenty more online
By Caroline And Nick Robertson-Brown 12 Jun, 2017
Those of you that follow our work will know that we love to spend a little bit of time above water on our travels abroad, and especially love to visit vineyards and sample the wines that benefit from being close to the coast. So we were delighted to discover that we had been invited to visit Gozo, and that there was a local tasting available for us to attend. We had two days of diving on our short visit, and a day to absorb the local culture above the water. We dived with Calypso Diving Centre , visiting caves, reefs and wrecks doing both boat and shore dives. The vineyard we visited was the Tal-Massar Winery which offers a series of lovingly made wines. 
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