Hakai Magazine


One Great Shot: Connecting Worlds

A watery split shot combines two natural realms.

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by Grant Thomas

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standup paddle boarders over coral

This image was taken at sunset just off Foa Island in Ha‘apai, Tonga. I had been working on a series of images to demonstrate the innate bond humans have with the ocean, whether we are physically in it or just floating on its surface. For this particular photograph, I used a split-shot technique to combine scenes below and above the waterline. Timing was everything; I had to shoot exactly at low tide to be close enough to the reef, while simultaneously capturing the sun as it hit the horizon (being very careful not to damage anything around me). I hoped to capture our intimate relationship with the underwater realm and to get more people to care for and protect our world.