The Hydra | The Ocean Collection

This was an extremely unlikely moment. I was swimming off the East coast of Australia in the Shoalhaven region in a very large and unpredictable swell. I didn’t have any kind of flotation device, and I was swimming against strong currents, undertows and refracting waves. It was pretty chaotic and lining up a photograph was frustratingly hard. I was shooting with the 70-200mm lens in the water which is quite a tight focal length to work with in calm conditions let alone rough conditions, although I was looking for a specific moment within the chaos. I didn’t get a lot of shots this day, however I swam for hours, determined to isolate a moment. I saw this wave coming from way out the back and immediately knew by the shape and the way it was forming, that is was going to be special creature. In a last ditch effort, I swam hard against the current to get in position, then, just as it broke, I kicked hard to lift myself out of the water enough to rise above the chop and distractions to fire at the face of this mythical beast. I shot full frame and managed to align a few compositions of the 2-3 second lifespan of this creature that has now been acknowledged as ‘The Hydra’.


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Paper Prints: Our Fine Art Papers are printed on your choice of Satin or Metallic Paper. Our Satin option is printed on the beautiful 300gsm Hahnemuhle Fine Art Baryta Satin Paper; our most popular choice and one of the most elegant fine art print reproductions you’ll find in the world. A smooth, clean and low sheen option. 300gsm, 100% a-Cellulose, Satin Finish, Extremely Deep DMAX and Acid Free. Our Metallic option is printed on 260gsm Moab Slickrock Metallic Pearl Paper; a reflective, pearlescent, vibrant and high sheen finish that we tend to lean towards more often than not if you were to ask for our preference. This option will make the image dance before your very eyes. All prints come flat packed, ready to take straight to a professional framer.
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