Aussie’s killer whale of a tale
SWIMMING with a pod of killer whales is no mean feat.
It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that award-winning photographer Darren Jew doesn’t take for granted. He describes it as “magical”.
The Australian elite Canon Master photographer took these incredible images within a few metres of male and female orcas on a recent expedition to the fjords in the Skjervøy region of northern Norway.
Jew, whose photography career began in Queensland, has been to the Norwegian coast three times. He was wearing a thick 7mm wetsuit when he free-dived from the surface to take photos in November this year during the orcas’ feeding season.
“In November, days are getting shorter, there are no sun rays, just dawn and dusk. By the end of the month, days are just three hours long and that’s how long you have to shoot.”
“I’m very fortunate, you stick your head out of the water and see all the whales around you feeding, and you have to pinch yourself,” he said.
“It is definitely worth the discomfort.”
Majestic: Some of the images captured by Darren Jew of orcas off Norway.