Frans Lanting is based in Santa Cruz, California, and shoots worldwide for the likes of National Geographic Magazine.

Shot on Panasonic P2 and GH1 by Mountain High Media, in N.S.W. Australia, 2010.

"For a memorable week I lived among giant tortoises inside the time capsule of their caldera world in the Galapagos Islands. Morning mist mingled with steam from fumaroles to create a primordial mood over a pond filled with slumbering tortoises.

Method: I can spend time with animals. You know, the longer the better, the closer the better, and I don’t see it as a hardship at all. I see it as a great privilege." - Frans

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