Jacic
Jacic

Lemon Shark Feeding



A group of these beautiful sharks, worked together to herd the fish into a giant bait ball before feasting.

A group of these beautiful sharks, worked together to herd the fish into a giant bait ball before feasting.
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22 Comments | Report
Remraf
 
Remraf March 09, 2015
Great shot and welcome to VB!
Jacic
Jacic March 09, 2015
Thank you!
CarolSadler PRO
 
CarolSadler March 28, 2015
Very cool shot! Voted!
Jacic
Jacic March 28, 2015
Thank you very much Carol :)
Meags6
 
Meags6 July 02, 2015
Nice one Jacinta. I didn't know you were on viewbug!
Jacic
Jacic July 04, 2015
Thanks Meagan! I didn't know you were on here either :)
wlester
 
wlester July 20, 2015
Geez! How do you get a shot like this?
Jacic
Jacic February 13, 2016
Sorry, long delay in replying. The sharks were swimming close into shore and passing under a pier. I was taking the photos from there :)
wlester
 
wlester July 20, 2015
Geez! How do you get a shot like this?
VHiggins
 
VHiggins September 04, 2015
awesome! congratulations!
Jacic
Jacic February 13, 2016
Thank you!
MaryAnne306 PRO+
 
MaryAnne306 September 04, 2015
This is a marvelous photo! I was amazed to read that you got it from a pier and not underwater. Great capture!
Jacic
Jacic February 13, 2016
Thank you very much for the nice comments!
tiffanyhallam
 
tiffanyhallam September 04, 2015
Whoa this is awesome
Jacic
Jacic February 13, 2016
Thank you!
sweetpea72 PRO
 
sweetpea72 September 04, 2015
WOW!
Jacic
Jacic February 13, 2016
Thanks :)
Robb PRO
 
Robb September 04, 2015
stunning, recaptures some wondrous feelings
Jacic
Jacic February 13, 2016
Thank you :)
DavyQuo PRO+
 
DavyQuo September 05, 2015
great capture ... nice work
Jacic
Jacic February 13, 2016
Thank you :)
thenickelwell
 
thenickelwell September 05, 2015
So cool!
Jacic
Jacic February 13, 2016
Thanks! They were amazing to watch
Jacic
 
Jacic September 06, 2015
Thank you everyone for all the kind comments! I'll definitely get back to everyone, I'm currently away with limited internet access.
KatieMcKinneyPhotography
 
KatieMcKinneyPhotography September 08, 2015
Fantastic capture!!!
Jacic
Jacic February 13, 2016
Thanks!
jleosadauskas PRO+
 
jleosadauskas September 09, 2015
Join the conversation. Add a comment or even better, a critique. Let's get better together!
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jleosadauskas September 09, 2015
Write a comment
benko
 
benko September 10, 2015
Amazing capture! Very cool photo!
Jacic
Jacic February 13, 2016
Thanks!
DorisSeybold
 
DorisSeybold September 12, 2015
Stunning!
Jacic
Jacic February 13, 2016
Thank you :)
cindybrown
 
cindybrown September 14, 2015
me Loves this ... so natural
Jacic
Jacic February 13, 2016
Thank you :)
icemanphotos
 
icemanphotos September 21, 2015
Awesome image!
Jacic
Jacic February 13, 2016
Thank you :)
Danny_martin_10
 
Danny_martin_10 September 25, 2015
Congratulations for being featured :) The image is amazing, well deserved.
Jacic
Jacic February 13, 2016
Thank you very much :)
kimayers PRO+
 
kimayers Feb 13
This is such a breathtaking shot! It’s one of those that you can’t get back to your computer fast enough to upload it... Fantastic!!

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Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken looking over the side of the pier at Heron Island on the Great Barrier Reef, Australia. The island is a paradise for anyone who wants to see and photograph wildlife with everything from sea birds to turtles coming in close to visitors on a daily basis.
Time
This photo was taken by chance due to a mid morning walk down to the pier. I was lucky enough to arrive just as the sharks turned up to hunt for their breakfast.
Lighting
I was very fortunate with the natural lighting. Being morning the sun was coming in from an angle and preventing most of the bright backscatter you often get if taking a photo directly through the water from above. No additional strobe or flash was used.
Equipment
Just the camera attached with a safety strap to my hand. Leaning over and through the railing of the pier didn't lend itself well to tripod use!
Inspiration
This was one of the most amazing thing's I'd ever seen, I was so glad to have my camera with me that day. Sharks are a very maligned species and are unfortunately often seen as nothing but unthinking killing machines which I have never found to be the case. In reality they are beautiful in their own way, which I hope has come through in the photo with this shark gracefully moving though the water with the school of fish parting before him. This day there was a group of three large lemon sharks working quietly and calmly together within meters of the shore, herding a large school of bait fish into densely packed groups trapped between themselves and the sand. They'd then take turns to rush through the fish at high speed catching them, while waiting sea birds took advantage of the situation and grabbed up any fish unfortunate enough to beach themselves or jump clear of the water. They continued doing this for over half an hour. I feel very fortunate to have witnessed this and to be able to share my photos with others.
Editing
The post processing on this photo was fairly minimal. Mainly just adjusting the colour and contrast a little to reflect what I actually saw.
In my camera bag
Most commonly? My Canon S120 (recently replacing my S90 which I used for this photograph). They can take nice photos for a compact camera and I find the small size means I'll often have it with me as it's easy to slip into a pocket. For anything else above the water I've started working with a Canon EOS 760D. For underwater photography, I have my s120 in a canon casing and often use an ion s-2000 strobe. It's a compact set up which is quite easy to swim with even then freediving.
Feedback
Honestly, the main thing I find is to always keep your eyes open. It's surprising how many times I've had the opportunity to take photographs that I was never expecting to have including this one. Technically for this particular photo, I was fortunate in that it was morning without bright sunlight causing too many reflections off the surface of the water. If there is bright sun overhead when the wildlife decide to appear, sometimes using the shadows from the pier or boat can help make the photos through the water seem clearer. I also had a platform to wait until the sharks were just below me so I could take the photos directly from above rather than from the shore where the impact wouldn't have been as great.

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