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A Place Out of Time
Schoolkids at the Grand Monument
Bayon temple of Angkor Archeological park in Cambodia at night during the Khmer New Year celebration
Empty place seeker for pet
Pondering
Hoi an street
Danse Macabre, Grand Marais
mother and child
Starry night in Milan
Milky way over the trucks
Wavy
What Lies Below
The Corner
Radio City Music Hall
Children were running in the ghats of Varanasi
the tree
Ghost Town of Kolmanskop
Peek-a-Boo
Ijtema
Risky Way 2
View of Mount Greylock from Melville's study at Arrowhead
In temple
Mother's Sorrow
15th Annual Smithsonian.com Photo Contest
What Lies Below

To achieve a unique perspective while free diving in Belize, I free-dove 40 feet below the oceans surface and looked up at this enigmatic figure, suspended in seemingly weightless space. In taking the photograph, I focused on how the water's textured surface appears to disconnect the subject from its surroundings and increase the depth of the landscape. The sun's bright white rays juxtaposed against the ocean's ominous, dark blue depths evoke a duality vertically across the landscape of light versus dark, leaving the subject suspended in between these two opposing forces. Indeed, this image shows the presence of light as both a symbolic guiding archetype and as a physical phenomenon, diffracting through the ocean's blue surface to evoke mood, rich color, and ultimately a landscape of unique beauty. The warm waters of Belize proved to be one of the most enjoyable and relaxing trips thus far, offering a great balance between leisure and aquatic adventure.

TAGS: Belize, Water

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Los Angeles, California, United States of America
Member since 2017
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© Tim Guiteras.
All rights reserved.
Image Source: digital
Date Taken: 07.2017
Total Views: 63
Filed Under: Natural World
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Date Uploaded: Nov. 30, 2017, 2:23 a.m.
Camera Make: GoPro
Camera Model: Hero3-Black Edition
Focal Length: 2.8mm
Shutter Speed: 1/4096
Aperture: f2.8
ISO: ISO100
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PHOTO LOCATION Ambergris Caye, Belize