Photo of the Day Contest
Caiman Swamp by Will & Matt B-L
Tuesday, 17th June 2008

Caiman Swamp

by Will & Matt B-L

We photographed this spectacled caiman in the north of the Brazilian Pantanal. The Pantanal is the largest wetland in the world - approximately 20 times the size of the Florida Everglades. The caiman was hidden away in a thick swampy area. To photograph it, we mounted the camera on a tripod with the legs fully extended. One of us held the tripod by its feet and directed the camera towards the caiman whilst the other trigged the shutter using a remote cord. This allowed us to get the camera on the same level as the caiman and about 1 foot away from the end of its nose!
Will & Matt B-L
We are brothers from the UK with a shared passion for wildlife photography.

Caiman Swamp by Will & Matt B-L was photo of the day on Tuesday, 17th June 2008. It is tagged , , , . You can leave a comment below.


17th June 2008 at 12:24 am

This is so awesome!! Love the story, too! He looks like a log, floating in the water. Well, except for the eye that is looking straight at you. Wonderful shot!

Katherine Lee Strassburg

17th June 2008 at 4:18 am

Down and dirty in the swamp! You guys are totally nuts, but I admire your ingenuity and determination to get a shot that takes us with you into the muck!
That’s a REAL nature photo–it makes a real statement. Great work.

17th June 2008 at 5:58 am

Whew… talk about primal. Gives me the wonder-woolies. (A sense of amazement and fear at the same time.) Question: What’s going on with the shallow deapth of field. It seems odd for bright light. Is it just that close?

17th June 2008 at 6:29 am

Excellent !

17th June 2008 at 7:46 am

wow what a wonderful shot, it is really camouflaged. I really like the closeup though and the blurred background


17th June 2008 at 7:48 am

I am speechless!! both at your wonderful work and at the amazing camouflage! If it were not for the eye all one could see would have been a piece of drifting log!!

17th June 2008 at 8:11 am

Lovely shot; it’s nice to know that there are some wetlands still left in this world.

17th June 2008 at 9:08 am

Fantastic up close and personal shot – the effort you went to really paid off – thanks for sharing

Thomas Blackmore

17th June 2008 at 9:19 am

I really like the technique you used to get this great photo!

17th June 2008 at 9:31 am

An awesome capture. I love it.

17th June 2008 at 10:57 am

do not let yourself get camoflagued!


17th June 2008 at 11:26 am

Pretty colors.
Forgive me, but there’s too much going on here.

17th June 2008 at 11:30 am

Superb shot.
Actually, I’m trying to figure out if I can be mad enought to go and do an underwater or under-over shot of that ^^


17th June 2008 at 12:02 pm

Where there is a Will there is a way! Great teamwork for a great shot.

17th June 2008 at 12:38 pm

that was a deadly catch!!……. bullseye!!

planet lover

17th June 2008 at 1:16 pm

Congratulations on your great team work! The results are simply amazing. What a great picture you’ve taken there!

17th June 2008 at 1:55 pm

Amazing and truly an image that was executed with ingenuity! Great pick for POTD editors!

17th June 2008 at 5:19 pm

I’m glad that you pointed out the subject; he’s being cautious, but still curious.
Great teamwork, guys.


17th June 2008 at 9:46 pm

Wow! Great photo!


17th June 2008 at 10:32 pm

AMAZING shot!!!


18th June 2008 at 2:33 pm

He blends in so well! I almost didn’t notice him there!

18th June 2008 at 2:52 pm

Were you wearing a t-shirt with LUNCH printed on the front? He’s really giving you the eye.

Great shot! If not for his eye, I would have mistaken him for a log in the water.

Susan Gagnon

19th June 2008 at 2:20 am

I didn’t even see him..I honestly did not see him. Well done.

19th June 2008 at 3:58 pm

LOL@ Photo Buffet’s comment!

Cant marvel enough @ natural ability of some species to camouflage!

If I did manage to spot him, I think I would have ran and ran hard. And I don’t think I would even mind leaving my camera behind :D

20th June 2008 at 10:55 am

Excellent! Very unusual. I like the composition and the way the caiman is blending in perfectly with the surroundings is fantastic. How did you pull this off?

20th June 2008 at 10:56 am

Ah, I should have read the story first! :) Now I know how you pulled this one off. ;) Marvelous story and picture.


17th June 2009 at 7:35 am

This is fantastic, what lengths you go to for the sake of your art and what a result.

22nd July 2009 at 7:12 pm

A lot of hiding places there for him.


17th June 2010 at 7:32 pm

You have to look twice to see him


18th June 2010 at 1:15 pm

Nice shot!


18th June 2010 at 6:47 pm

Clever shooting style and great photo. It makes me scared to look at it. LOL!

21st June 2010 at 1:22 pm

Picture extraordinary!

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