THE MAGIC OF KILLER SHOTS
SWIMMING with a pod of whales is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity award-winning photographer Darren Jew describes as “magical”.
The Australian elite Canon Master photographer took these incredible images within a few metres of male and female orcas - or killer whales - while on a recent expedition to the fjords around the Skjervoy region of northern Norway.
He free-dived during the orcas’ feeding season, with millions of herring moving into the fjords for the winter.
“Days are just three hours long and that’s how long you have to shoot,” he said.
“It was the most challenging thing I’ve ever done just because of the conditions – the winter, lack of light and fastmoving animals … (But) you stick your head out of the water and see all the whales around you feeding, and you have to pinch yourself.”
His latest book, Underwater Australia, takes nature lovers below the surface of our waters to experience the surprising moments of marine life.