This was taken on my first trip to South Australia. I got up at 4.30am to photograph sharks and write about shark diving. But instead, the highlight of my day happened well before the sun had even risen over the Eyre Peninsula
The crew was getting the boat ready and taking everyone through safety procedures while I snuck off to the back – next to the battered shark cage – and tried shooting the bay pre-dawn. It was a pretty futile attempt with next to no light and I was about to give up when this fishing trawler puttered past. The light on top of the mast gave off enough light to make a shot with a shutter speed of less than 1/30 sec possible. Even that would have been pretty hard on a boat but I was using my legs as a tripod.
It wasn’t until after returning from my trip though that I discovered this gem in between hundreds of shots of sharks, tuna and sealions. To this day, it’s one of my absolute favourites.