November 7, 2013

Free Diver, Greece

Photograph by Dimitris Maroulakis, Your Shot

This Month in Photo of the Day: Your Shots

Free diver in a state of absolute serenity during a training session at a blue hole in Vouliagmeni, near Athens.

What Makes This a Photo of the Day? The more time I spend with this photograph, the more its simplicity appeals to me. There is only the diver, perfectly suspended over the ocean floor. And we get to travel along with him. —Alexa Keefe, Photo of the Day editor

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48 comments
Natasha Sethi
Natasha Sethi

its just so serene ,,,, so free falling ,,, loving it

Isidro Cabrera
Isidro Cabrera

how nice of a pic,what nature loooks like in its natural stage.


Tony Chiu
Tony Chiu

Yes I am in total agreement with Alexa Keefe. The simplicity of this image has a sedative effect. You would just stare at it and you would be sucked into the silence of the deep ocean. 

Wendy Folsom
Wendy Folsom

What a great photo I could only wish to be the photographer you are one day

Dimitris Maroulakis
Dimitris Maroulakis

It is of great honor that most of you consider this photo as fake, animation, 3d, etc. Please note that this photo is absolutely real. It was shooted at about -10 meters with breath-holding photography (no tanks), wide angle lens camera and one Inon strobe. Only basic post processing corrections were effected (contrast, clarity, noise reduction, etc) and the holding snorkel was removed from freediver's right hand as I considered that the photo was better without it. For all of you having doubts I invite you to visit my website www.pallse.gr and see more REAL images like this in the "sea" category.

Thank you all for your nice comments!

The photographer.

Janice H.
Janice H.

Somehow the diver doesn't appear to be real.       He seems to be an alien in a different planet!      Is all that "grassy" substance under him some kind of seaweed?            Engaging photo!

Joshimer Biñas
Joshimer Biñas

I agree that it really looks like a CG character. But if this is real, then it really is an amazing shot.

antonio chiumenti
antonio chiumenti

you feel the calm and self consciousness. this photo is wonderful.

Makela Cassell
Makela Cassell

This picture looks like a drawing or photo-shop .

Abs jones
Abs jones

Wow - It almost looks like it is CG.

Nader AlGhazu
Nader AlGhazu

I thought the diver was a 3D added character and was wondering, what happend to NatGeo qualities? 

Alex James
Alex James

THIS LOOKS SHOPPED / I CAN TELL FROM SOME OF THE PIXELS AND FROM SEEING QUITE A FEW SHOPS IN MY TIME.

It is, though.

Anna V.
Anna V.

mas eftiajes th mera......BRAVO!

Sandip Dey
Sandip Dey

A very simple, colorful photograph. I am also liking the reasons given by the editor, in all the photos of this month.

Rashid Amiri Ara
Rashid Amiri Ara

It seems the guy is floating in the space. Thanks for sharing your photo with us.

apoorva bakhsh
apoorva bakhsh

the photo is so nicely taken - difficult to say is it real or made by computer.

Justin Sykes
Justin Sykes

The perspective in this photo elongates the already long flippers of the diver to magnify their size. As the diver descends to the ocean floor the viewer is brought into the picture - almost to the point of feeling vertigo. I have a visceral response to this photo where I feel like I am sharing in the danger of the dive.

Dimitris Maroulakis has done well to capture the clarity of the diver when the water behind is a little opaque.

Technicality / Composition / Content / X factor / originality = 7/10 zoom lenses 

Luis Feliz
Luis Feliz

@Dimitris Maroulakis Great job Dimitris and congrats on having your picture selected. Please don't entertain the negative feedback. Awesome picture and great use of available lighting! 

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