With the coming of the light comes the great predator who from his dark watery world knows that the crimson colors that herald the new dawn brings with it a time to hunt.
On many trips to Seal Island over the years whilst scanning the seas as we approached I was lucky enough to see a massive Great White Shark silhouetted against the brilliance of the morning light as it took flight whilst engaged in a predatory hunt. You needed to be looking at the right spot at exactly the time as it was always a fleeting, brilliant moment that lasted no more than a split second. However, the memory of the sight endured indefinitely.
For years I had tried in vain to capture such a moment until this particular winter’s morning when all the key ingredients came together for that fleeting split second of golden brilliance.
I remember lying flat on my stomach waiting, hoping and calling of a higher power to deliver me such an opportunity. It was a particularly beautiful sunrise that morning and when the shark leapt I knew it had the potential for a uniquely beautiful image.
There are few sights in nature as exciting as a leaping 1000 kilogram Great White Shark and when one of these leaps is made even more brilliant by a glorious sunrise, well all you can do is say thank you for the opportunity.
Exhibition: 173cm x 114.5cm (68”x 45”)
Classic: 118cm x 78cm (46.5” x 31”)
© Chris Fallows 2018