Wildlife photography can involve an element of danger or surprise from the unpredictability of animals in their natural habitats. In this case, ocean wildlife photographers are permitted to drag seal decoys through the water during peak Great White season. They lure them into breaching so that they can photograph these immense creatures and their impressive power leaving the water. If you need some reference for their strength, imagine trying to get your entire body out of the water by jumping without a push off:
Photographer Chris Fallows captured this amazing shot of a Great White Shark jumping out of the water with a seal decoy in its teeth. He used a Canon Mark IV camera with a 70-200mm f/2.8 lens at 135mm, an aperture of f/5.6, shutter speed at 1/4000, and ISO 500. When photographer sharks, he uses a seal decoy to convince the shark to ‘breach’ (i.e. leave the water to either lunge at the decoy or leap into the air) for shots such as this one. Fallows only has a fraction of a second to capture this moment and must be ready at all times for it! The ideal aspect of using seal decoys is that he can position himself to frame his photograph with ideal lighting and backgrounds. All he needs after that is an active Great White to breach for him.
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