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Pristine Tongan Waters by Randy Richards

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The Island of Tongatapu in the nation of Tonga, is surrounded by a natural coral reef. At the edge of it there are mounds of coral that form a barrier almost all the way around this island. All the waves break on the reef break and all the waters inside of the break are pretty calm. I was still nervous to wade into the ocean with my Canon 5d! I used a 28-135 lens.

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I have had a camera in my hand since the late sixties! Recently someone looked at a photo display I had in a coffee shop and got goose bumps. All I try to do is to capture various aspects of God’s amazing creation and let you also enjoy what I am seeing! If you get goose bumps, that’s great. But remember I only capture what he created. He creates, I capture, we enjoy.

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  • Phil Thomson IPA
    Phil Thomson IPAalmost 5 years ago

    Idyllic paradise with superb lighting from a fantastic POV, Randy!!!

  • JacquiK
    JacquiKalmost 5 years ago

    Beautiful picture Terry

  • Barbara Manis
    Barbara Manisalmost 5 years ago

    Hi Randy, this is sooooooo beautiful! Love it!

  • Barbara Manis
    Barbara Manisalmost 5 years ago

    By the way, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you!

  • Digitalbcon
    Digitalbconalmost 5 years ago

    Wow!! What a great capture Randy!! Great work…both on and off the camera!!

  • Sean Jansen
    Sean Jansenalmost 5 years ago

    Gorgeous capture……looks so beautiful !!

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    lorileealmost 5 years ago


  • Lois  Bryan
    Lois Bryanalmost 5 years ago

    Oh, Randy … lovely to see you … and to see your glorious photography … fabulous pov … and oooooo these colors!!!!! You make me want to dive right into my computer!!!! LOL!!!!!

  • Hi Lois, it’s always nice to see your smiling face and dancing feet!

    – Randy Richards

  • Randy Richards
    Randy Richardsalmost 5 years ago

    Thanks to all who took the time to view and or comment on this shot. I was a bit nervous walking out into the Pacific ocean to get this shot. TongaTapu is a coral island surrounded by a coral reef and in this spot you don’t get much wave action. So I was wading out waist deep with my 5D, trying to get close to this boat. If you look on the left side of the horizion you can see where the waves break on the edge of the reef.

  • Appel
    Appelalmost 5 years ago

    Absolutely gorgeous!!! Made me sigh with the beauty of it – looks completely relaxing!!

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