Bull Ray in sunbeams


As the largest stingray in the world, the Bull Ray (or Smooth Stingray) is an impressive sight underwater. They can be difficult to photograph, as they are shy bottom-dwellers. After many fleeting encounters, and with the midsummer sun beaming down through the calm water, I was fortunate enough to capture this individual when it approached quite closely.

Julian Rocks, Byron Bay, New South Wales

Canon 20D, 10–22mm lens at 10mm, 1/160, f14, ISO 200, Ikelite underwater housing, twin DS-125 substrobes set to TTL

by Michael Gallagher, London, United Kingdom