Weekly Photo Challenge – Minimalist

Minimalist Shark

Minimalist Shark

Here’s one of my favorite shark photos ever and to me, it feels very minimalist. Taken on our recent dive trip to Belize, this gray reef shark circled our group of divers – it seemed curious about our presence and stuck around for some time. And no, this shot was not taken with a telephoto lens!

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27 comments on “Weekly Photo Challenge – Minimalist

  1. Carrie Rubin says:

    Wow, that’s amazing how close you were to it. Better you than me. 😉

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    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      Thanks, Carrie! I think because of our size, we’re not really on the food chain as far as they’re concerned. And they also typically don’t bother divers. Swimmers on the surface look like seals to sharks, but divers – not so much!

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  2. Awesome shot! That shark and I would get along really well. 🙂

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  3. The color also makes it seems ominous. On the funny side, have you seen “Sharknado?” Lots of fun.

    janet

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  4. Amy says:

    What an amazing capture, Cathy! ..stuck around for some time!!

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  5. jenny says:

    What a beauty! Love this.

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  6. susielindau says:

    The first thing that came to mind was the two notes played in JAWS! Da – Dum…
    Great shot!

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  8. I’m very glad that you were on that shark’s good side, Cathy, literally and figuratively.

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    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      Thanks, V. Sharks are really misunderstood creatures – although I wouldn’t be calmly taking a photo of a Great White from six feet away. We saw these reef sharks on just about every dive in Belize. They seemed to be curious about us, but only got close enough to check us out. They’re really beautiful to see as they cruise along.

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  9. seabluelee says:

    Not only minimalist, but up close and personal. I can see why it’s a favorite!

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  10. Stunning! The detail is that much more incredible in black and white… the eyes are so distinct and the small, thread-like thing coming from the shark’s mouth… such rich detail and nuance. I love this… at the risk of sounding repetitive. 😉

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  12. Brigitte says:

    Love the shot, Cathy but they terrify me. It’s what keeps me from going into large bodies of water, especially ones where I can’t see what’s below me. I know the stats about shark attacks. Still. You are a brave soul and what a GREAT shot. The fact that’s it’s black and white makes it even more chilling.

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    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      Thanks, Brigitte. I have to admit that I’m not completely comfortable with them circling around. When we see them gliding past on the wall, I do keep my eyes on them. At least I could bonk them in the nose with my large camera rig if need-be and I’m told that that’s sufficient to ward them off. But it’s usually the swimmers on the surface who are in much more danger because they look like prey to sharks. Underwater, divers are rarely threatened.

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  13. aFrankAngle says:

    Great shot … and so close! Whew!!!! Love all the shades of gray.

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