Great white shark breach, 1D Mk II

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Great white shark breach, 1D Mk II
Jul 17, 2006

Below is a sequence of a 4-meter-long male great white shark breaching near Seal Rock, South Africa (behavior made famous by Chris Fallows in the documentary, Air Jaws). Shot last week with a Canon 1D Mk II and 70-200/2.8L IS lens @ 100mm.

The sequence is a clear example of when 8.5 frames a second is useful! It would have been impossible to get with a slower camera, but capturing a single nice still frame would certainly still have been possible.

Animated gif of the breach:

Frames 4 and 6, uncropped (resized and sharpened):

Here's a 600x400 pixel crop at 100%. ISO 500, pushed 0.8 stops in RAW conversion, and compressed for the web:

And finally, some EXIF data for those of you who are interested:

2006:07:12 09:24:43
70-200mm @ 100mm
1/1000 sec, f/6.3
Mode: Tv
Metering: Evaluative
ISO: 500
AF mode: One-shot AF
Drive: Continuous (high): frame 1
White balance: Auto
Flash: Off
File size: 7,988KB
Image size: 3504 x 2336
Color matrix 1: sRGB natural-looking hue and chroma
Color space: sRGB
Saturation: Normal
Contrast: 0
Sharpness level: 2
Tone: Normal
Custom Functions:
CFn 2: No exposure without CF card
CFn 4: Shutter release: AE lock; AE button: AF
CFn 8: Top LCD panel: ISO, Back LCD panel: Remaining shots
CFn 18: Hold Assist button for registered AF point

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