When filming with a drone, you can sometimes see things that aren’t as obvious as when you’re down on the ground – or in the ocean. This is what recently happened in Australia when a drone operator filmed a close encounter between a surfer and a shark. Thanks to the drone footage, the pilot was able to warn the surfer so he could safely return to the shore.
I find sharks a bit scary, but at the same time incredibly fascinating. Wildlife photographer Chris Fallows has depicted this impression of mine in his fantastic photo of a great white shark. In the image that has gone viral shortly after it was published, Chris managed to capture the incredible animal 12 feet in the air. He kindly shared his photo with us, along with some other images that he’s taken.
When a 17-year-old Cameron Grace recently flew his drone on Australian beach, I doubt he had in mind that his hobby would prevent a dangerous encounter. While flying his DJI Spark, he spotted a shark lurking only meters away from two swimmers. Thanks to his and his aunt’s quick reaction, the swimmers managed to get out of the water.
We’ve seen quite a few terrifying encounters of photographers and wild animals. In this video from Gabe and Garrett, an underwater photographer came face to face with a Great White shark when it breached the cage he was in. The incident was caught in a video, and it will give you chills for sure!
While his wife and kids were playing in the shallow water at New Smyrna Beach in Florida, Dan Watson decided to take their photo from air. And boy they were lucky that he did! As he got his Mavic 2 Pro into the air, he spotted a shark moving towards his family. He rushed them out of the water and took incredible photos as they were running to safety.
On April 12th, Doc Jon, a wildlife photographer who was taking photos around Madeira Beach, Florida chanced upon what he calls a ‘one in a trillion shot.‘ It shows an osprey clutching a baby shark with a small fish in its mouth. It’s a perfect representation of the food chain, and it’s become viral all over the world.
One of the last things you want to see while paddleboarding is a shark. The absolute last thing you want to see while paddle boarding is a shark leap out of the water and knock you off your board.
If you’re looking for your weekly dose of inspiration, we have it for you.
This time, it comes in the form of a TED video wherein conservation photographer Thomas Paschak shares his story of what it is that drives him to capture the work he does and how he hopes to make a difference through the images he captures.[Read More…]
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably seen the insane footage of professional surfer, Mick Fanning’s recent encounter with a great white shark. The encounter occurred during the finals of the J-Bay Open, a surf competition that takes place in South Africa. While waiting for his next wave, Fanning had an unwelcome visit from a great white shark, which he says become tangled in the leash which ties the surfboard to the surfers ankle. A pair of jet-ski’s and a safety boat immediately made their way to the surfer, who miraculously survived the encounter without a scratch.
Of course, the incredible story swept the headlines, and a week later is still making waves among the news circuit. It comes as no surprise the bulk of the media attention was placed on Fanning–if he wasn’t a legend among surfers before, he certainly is now; however, there was another man in the water that day who had a very unique perspective of the incident. Kelly Cestari, the official event photographer, had just swam out to the lineup about 30 minutes before the ordeal took place.
In an interview with the World Surf League, Cestari described how the shark encounter appeared from the his position in the water, near the holding area for the safety boats. At first, Cestari says he wasn’t fully aware of what was going because his eye was still in photographer mode.[Read More…]