Andy Deitsch's picture


This is Casper, a nuisance alligator that now lives in a pond at Everglades Outpost in Homestead, Florida. Casper is not a tame alligator, he is wild but this is a controlled environment (clean water, an alligator handler on hand etc.). I captured this image but holding my breath and dropping to the bottom of the pond as Chris Gillette coaxed Casper to swim over me.

Nikon D850
15mm · f/11 · 1/125s · ISO 320
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Deleted Account's picture

I'm guessing the water wasn't so clear at the point of capture (urine yellow)! ;-)

Andy Deitsch's picture

It was actually very clear. There was a full water change done in the pond the night before the shoot.

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I meant to imply you pissed when Casper got that close. I'm afraid I would have done! :-)

Andy Deitsch's picture

haha. I have to admit I was a bit nervous at first but after a while it was fine. We actually split it up so I had two 20 minute sessions with time in between to review shots and figure out what I wanted to adjust. The second 20 minutes were much more productive and I was totally relaxed.

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BTW, Very awesome photos!

Andy Deitsch's picture

thanks! Much appreciated.

Mark Guinn's picture

Wow, what a shot! I have to admit, there are so many images on fstoppers that make me say to myself, "Self, I really want to go there and do that." This, however, is not one of those images. lol!

Excellent work!

Andy Deitsch's picture

Haha. Thanks for the nice words.

kevin hoehne's picture

I agree with Mark. I do not care to do this type of photography as well.....lol

Awesome photo!

Francisco B's picture

my heart would be beating out of my chest in fear as this happened.