Kike Calvo, Great White

Great White Shark, Kike Calvo

Since I was a child, I always had a fascination with the ocean. It was probably Captain Jacques Cousteau who introduced me to the world’s wonders through his TV series, reporting from faraway places aboard his vessel, the Calypso. As fate would have it, his son Jean-Michel, along with National Geographic photographer David Doubilet, would write the foreword section of my book, Habitats, many years later.

There are moments that will always be embedded in a person’s mind. The excitement of jumping into the water with a Great White Shark, one that emerges from the depths to check you out, is pretty memorable. Your initial fear quickly transforms into full respect and admiration for these fascinating creatures.

Isla Guadalupe is located 160 miles off the coast of Baja, California, and more than 220 miles southwest of San Diego in open ocean water that offers over 100 feet of visibility. It's one of the world's best destinations to dive with Great White Sharks (Carcharodon Carcharias). It hosts one of the most prolific populations of Great White Sharks on the planet. I traveled to this remote location with Captain Lawrence Groth, from Great White Adventures.

This shot was taken using a Nikon camera in an Aquatica housing, set on a multi-segment metering mode with no flash. Aperture was set to f/8 at 1/200.


About Kike Calvo: Award-winning photographer, journalist, and author Kike Calvo was born in Spain, has traveled in more than 85 countries, and transformed his fascination with Latin America into a career focus. He is part of the team of experts from National Geographic Expeditions and a freelancer for the New York Times. His cultural and environmental documentary photography has also been published in National GeographicTimeThe Wall Street JournalThe Washington PostNew York MagazineRolling Stone, and Vanity Fair, as well as other publications. His book Habitats showcases ecosystems from Spain and around the world.

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I am a professional photographer in Cairo, Egypt

and I just want to tell you that I love that shark picture and highly respect your abilities

Sherif

I just want to say . . . better you than me.

Great shot. What made you choose B & W?

G'day Kike

OUTSTANDING photos... looks great in BW.

Keep safe

KR - JD

Howdee Kike,

This is actually as close as I intend to get to Great White's

Keep up the good work

Archie

Outstanding photograph that no doubt took a lot of courage if you were in open water and not in a shark cage. Regardless, congrats.