Photo of the Day Contest
Turtle by Thomas Vignaud
Saturday, 5th January 2008


by Thomas Vignaud

I like the composition of the photo with the reflection. Diagonally shooted, so we can see trees, clouds and sky.
Equipment: Canon EOS 400D
Thomas Vignaud
Hi, I'm a marine biology student in France, and I'm actually working on sharks. I'm professional diver, and I really love underwater photography, in scuba diving and in freediving.
Website: Flickr

Turtle by Thomas Vignaud was photo of the day on Saturday, 5th January 2008. It is tagged , . You can leave a comment below.


5th January 2008 at 2:22 am

That’s an incredible capture! Great work with the lighting and composition.

5th January 2008 at 3:13 am

This is a stunning photograph Thomas. Congratulations!


5th January 2008 at 4:25 am

Breathtaking! Simply marvelous. Everything is so clear!

5th January 2008 at 5:34 am

My daughter loves sea turtles so I forwarded the url of this page to her straight away. She will love it. Thank-you Thomas!

5th January 2008 at 6:41 am

How on EARTH did you take it! OMG!

5th January 2008 at 7:13 am

WOW … it is so incredibly perfect!!

Paul Dass

5th January 2008 at 8:06 am

Hi Thomas it is an excellent job, I like the perspective.


5th January 2008 at 9:50 am

You are just incredible Thomas

5th January 2008 at 10:39 am

This is really, really great. The idea of shooting diagonally is superb. Colors are extraordinary. Reflection is great awell. One of the best pics on this site so far imho. Well done!

5th January 2008 at 10:41 am

Excellent indeed! The reflection of the turtle is also very cool!

5th January 2008 at 11:15 am

Etonnant ! Et adorable

5th January 2008 at 11:29 am

Splendid capture !


5th January 2008 at 12:10 pm

Stunning. Totally clear and sharp. And judging by the palm tree and blue skies your shooting in a tropical paradise. Enjoy it!!


5th January 2008 at 12:14 pm

nce, underwater

Tom Brooklyn

5th January 2008 at 1:20 pm

I like turtles. I have owned more than one turtle over the course of many years, and I am pleased to see a turtle become the topic of EarthShots.

Beautiful color, light, saturation and detail.

All that being said, this photo presents an unususual perspective. It’s difficult to determine which way is up. It seems to make the photo somewhat abstract when I think the subject might have been better served being presented realistically.


5th January 2008 at 2:32 pm

Magnifique photo Thomas, rien à dire, la France est dignement représentée, bravo

Eynaud yoan

5th January 2008 at 2:59 pm

Probably one of the most beautiful shot you ever took…
My friend, you know that one day the Antibes Price will be yours, perhaps with this photo…
See ya.

P.S. “cette tortue est over-degaine”

5th January 2008 at 3:06 pm

Being at the right time and right spot for this one. How long did you wait and how many shots before this great picture?


5th January 2008 at 3:30 pm

Simply fantastic.

BJ Berquist

5th January 2008 at 3:45 pm

Wonderful photo! Life imitating art? Are we seeing the world as the turtle sees it when he is in the water? This is a great opportunity for a story starter for those of you who write or teach language arts.

5th January 2008 at 4:07 pm

You make me want an underwater housing!

5th January 2008 at 4:17 pm

Superb shot!

5th January 2008 at 9:48 pm

Fantastic capture, congrats!


5th January 2008 at 10:49 pm

this photo is absolutely fantastic.

6th January 2008 at 10:18 am

This is a very unusual angle; I probably would never have thought of it.

Luigi Piccirillo

6th January 2008 at 11:29 am

Very impressive! Just a wonderful shot.


6th January 2008 at 8:38 pm


7th January 2008 at 4:59 am

Totally remarkable and fascinating work, Thomas!

Perry Winkel

7th January 2008 at 7:13 am

By far the best photograph I have seen for a long long time. screw the technical jargon & compliments…you have def. raised the bar with this one.


7th January 2008 at 2:37 pm

So clear with perfect lighting – very well done!!


7th January 2008 at 3:00 pm

Just amazing!


7th January 2008 at 5:38 pm

Thomas this photo is really amazing! Like everyone one else has said! :)


9th January 2008 at 8:25 am

I’ve been enjoying these photos for over a year now without commenting and once i saw this i couldnt help but finally say a word or two. This almost looks CGI for Finding Nemo 2 or soemthing to know that it was an actual photo shows me the amazing capabilities of modern day photography. I’ve only recently started shooting photos of things other than friends and family with ok results using a simple 7.2 MP Sony camera and even the results i’m getting there are encouraging. When i start to “train my eye” a little better and learn more of the tech i will start to submit some phots thanks for all the inspiration especially you Thomas. Keep up the good work everyone!

10th January 2008 at 6:34 am

Thank you so much everyone, that is telling my soul to go underwater again and again. I’ll do my best to do better and better shots.
Ian, I’m sure you can do great things with your sony, I won some potd with a 5mpx compact camera, just try and try again and try always, and enjoy it :)


5th February 2008 at 9:41 am

wow, this photo is great, and the colors are awsome….what more can I say?
would love to see more of your photo’s

cathy babel

6th November 2008 at 12:51 pm

Eynaud yoan Says:
January 5th, 2008 at 2:59 pm
Probably one of the most beautiful shot you ever took…
My friend, you know that one day the Antibes Price will be yours, perhaps with this photo…

Antibes 2008: Thomas won the tittle with this incredible photo !!!!!

Congratulations Thomas.


4th January 2009 at 11:56 am

Stunning, stunning, stunning………….

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7th October 2009 at 2:04 am

He is nice looking. I like the angle on the picture.


6th January 2010 at 3:07 pm

Love this shot!


6th January 2010 at 7:26 pm

What a shot…. so clear just love it.

28th December 2010 at 6:54 pm

So clear and beautiful. Wonderful shot. I love the colors and how the turtle seems to be flying

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