Green Turtle

Subject: Lockdown all over the world has had a great impact on endangered sea turtle populations. Just google ‘sea turtle + lockdown’ and all these incredible articles will be listed describing the positive side effect of these otherwise sad and challenging circumstances. The nearly complete lack of people on beaches worldwide, and thus no disturbance and pollution, has resulted in more hatchlings crawling out of the sand and heading to the ocean to start their mysterious lives. Let us hope that once humanity gets through this current crisis, we will take this vital information and do something with it in order to not make the same mistakes again.

Technique: I shot this Green Turtle (Chelonia mydas) swimming away from the reef without any strobes or filter which resulted in a monochrome blue image. That is why I desaturated the image a bit after I adjusted the colour using the white balance adjustment. I also flipped the entire image because we tend to view images the same way we read a book: from left to right. By flipping the image horizontally I placed the subject on the right while the leading lines formed by the reef in the background guide the viewer towards the subject.