THE MAGIC OF KILLER SHOTS

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - NEWS - SHOBA RAO

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.

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