Lemon sharks

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Published! In JPG Magazine Issue 19
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© Willy Volk
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Photo Info
UploadedAugust 13, 2008
TakenJuly 28, 2007
Exposure1/200 sec at f/14
FlashRed Eye, Compulsory Flash
Focal Length15 mm
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Despite their fearsome grins, Lemon sharks are actually very docile creatures and will swim among divers for hours without even a sideways glance. I captured this shot on the transom of a boat in the Bahamas. The shark in the foreground was coming by to check things out, and the shark in the background must've wanted his portrait taken, too.

In the Shooting Sharks in the Bahamas photo essay.

113 responses

  • Heather Wardlaw

    Heather Wardlaw gave props (13 Aug 2008):

    awesome photo

  • Will F

    Will F gave props (13 Aug 2008):


  • Caitlin Stewart

    Caitlin Stewart said (13 Aug 2008):

    Holy amazing. Great one.

  • Damien Abrams

    Damien Abrams gave props (13 Aug 2008):

    great shot

  • Thatcher Dorn

    Thatcher Dorn gave props (13 Aug 2008):

    I love it! well done.

  • peggy gardner

    peggy gardner gave props (13 Aug 2008):

    remarkable !!!

  • Krystal Garrison

    Krystal Garrison gave props (14 Aug 2008):

    Oooh I love the meniscus and the sharks nose coming out of the water. Awesome!

  • Chicago Love

    Chicago Love (Deleted) gave props (21 Aug 2008):

    amazing makes you feel like you're right there with him

  • Janice Mezzacappa

    Janice Mezzacappa (Deleted) gave props (21 Aug 2008):

    Wow this is just amazing!!!

  • Meghan O'Connell

    Meghan O'Connell said (21 Aug 2008):

    Congrats on your recognition on JPG!

  • Robin Jerstad

    Robin Jerstad said (21 Aug 2008):

    Looks like a fantastic opportunity for a poster!

  • sabrina helas

    sabrina helas gave props (21 Aug 2008):

    amazing capture!!

  • Thomas Watson

    Thomas Watson gave props (21 Aug 2008):


  • Jason Kravitz

    Jason Kravitz said (21 Aug 2008):

    Brilliant shot - great that you got the clouds and sky in there as well. Well done!

  • Wendy Mogul

    Wendy Mogul said (21 Aug 2008):

    Omg this is awsome! Soo cool! Well done! = ]

  • Kern Hercules

    Kern Hercules gave props (21 Aug 2008):

    This image is powerful. A must favorite!

  • Andrew Manley

    Andrew Manley gave props (21 Aug 2008):

    wow, so awesome!

  • David Anderson

    David Anderson gave props (21 Aug 2008):

    Very cool pic! What kind of equipment did you use?

  • Anastasiya Kazakova

    Anastasiya Kazakova said (21 Aug 2008):

    That is fantastic! What kind of equipment did you use to catch it?

  • Alicia Rutkowski

    Alicia Rutkowski gave props (21 Aug 2008):

    i love it! two of the clouds look almost like shark fins too!

  • Carmella Dunkin

    Carmella Dunkin gave props (21 Aug 2008):

    Cool photo! He sure looks scary though. Docile huh? Pretty neat, never knew that.

  • Willy Volk

    Willy Volk said (21 Aug 2008):

    Thanks for the kind words, everyone.
    The camera is a Canon Digital Rebel. I had it housed inside an Ikelite housing (http://www.ikelite.com/web_pages/2dslr_350d.html).
    This particular dive trip lasted for a week. During that time, I took 5000+ photos. I'll try to share some others.

  • heidi miller

    heidi miller said (21 Aug 2008):

    Absolutely beautiful photograph.. Thank you for sharing it.

  • Justin Lintz

    Justin Lintz gave props (21 Aug 2008):

    great capture

  • Mike Baker

    Mike Baker gave props (21 Aug 2008):

    Wow! Great shot... glad I wasn't there! :)

  • phil413

    phil413 (Deleted) gave props (21 Aug 2008):

    amazing capture!

  • Daniel McMurray

    Daniel McMurray gave props (21 Aug 2008):

    Awww Mannnn... how do you respond to an image like this? Wow.

  • Tricia Bergland

    Tricia Bergland (Deleted) said (21 Aug 2008):

    I love it, nice work.

  • Madison Woo

    Madison Woo said (21 Aug 2008):

    great shot ,and congrats

  • Cassandra Bould

    Cassandra Bould gave props (21 Aug 2008):

    Wow, totally fascinating and a beautiful shot!

  • cecilia barreto

    cecilia barreto said (21 Aug 2008):

    Awesome picture, so perfect..... You are just great....

  • Alicia Aguirre

    Alicia Aguirre gave props (21 Aug 2008):

    Wow, this is such a beautiful capture! Love it!!!

  • jeanette collett

    jeanette collett said (21 Aug 2008):

    Great pic! Too close for comfort.

  • PabloHunny

    PabloHunny gave props (21 Aug 2008):

    whoa, unreal!

  • Duane Langshaw

    Duane Langshaw said (21 Aug 2008):

    Lemon in your sea anyone?!!
    Incredible capture....such confidence in the nature of these wild creatures no matter how they see us on the menu. The last sight some have seen when in other sharks company. The thoughts this image provokes to the way it touches those primal fears most of us have. Well done!

  • Audrey Kanekoa-Madrid

    Audrey Kanekoa-Madrid (Deleted) gave props (21 Aug 2008):

    This is phenomenal! WOW! I love sharks and this photo is the best I've seen.

  • Dani Barchana

    Dani Barchana (Deleted) gave props (21 Aug 2008):

    Beautifl half and half shot, loved it

  • Jeff Stein

    Jeff Stein gave props (21 Aug 2008):

    Incredibly cool!

  • Maria Gonzalez

    Maria Gonzalez gave props (21 Aug 2008):

    awsome shot!!!!

  • Loree McComb

    Loree McComb   said (21 Aug 2008):

    This is the most amazing capture I've ever seen - you deserve the honor of having the Photo of the YEAR!

  • Niomie Allison

    Niomie Allison said (21 Aug 2008):

    wow, this is an amazing picture!

  • Gregory Peters

    Gregory Peters gave props (21 Aug 2008):


  • j g

    j g said (21 Aug 2008):

    chilling my dear ! chilling

  • Heather Corkhill

    Heather Corkhill said (21 Aug 2008):

    incredibly creepy! i know you say it's docile but it's still very scary. well done

  • Ashley Rosera

    Ashley Rosera gave props (21 Aug 2008):

    Wow. What a wonderful capture!

  • Gary Joseph Cohen כוהן

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  • Donald Leitch

    Donald Leitch gave props (21 Aug 2008):

    great shot!

  • Laura W

    Laura W said (21 Aug 2008):

    that is such a great pic!

  • Anna Travis

    Anna Travis said (21 Aug 2008):

    My daughter who is 13 and wants to be a shark photographer said to tell you the shark wanting is photo taken is a bull shark, consider yourself lucky! This is an amazing photo, she is jealous!

  • Anna Travis

    Anna Travis gave props (21 Aug 2008):

    This is the reason I do not go to the Bahamas!lol

  • Karna

    Karna gave props (22 Aug 2008):

    Awesome photo

  • aerociro

    aerociro said (22 Aug 2008):

    the most awesome color theory wild shot!

  • Sam Figueroa

    Sam Figueroa gave props (22 Aug 2008):


  • Willy Volk

    Willy Volk said (22 Aug 2008):

    @Anna -- the shark in the background is also a Lemon. There were no Bulls around that day.
    ... But THAT would've scared me!

  • Kiwi ana

    Kiwi ana (Deleted) gave props (22 Aug 2008):

    Just incredible work!

  • Julie

    Julie said (22 Aug 2008):

    are you for real?!?! this is exceptional! totally amazing shot!!!

  • Pinky KOTOKO's Fan

    Pinky KOTOKO's Fan said (22 Aug 2008):

    What a photo!
    aaaaaaaaaa scary photo !

  • Barb Drummond

    Barb Drummond gave props (22 Aug 2008):

    So glad you were the photographer and not me...what an incredible moment for you to capture

  • masgareng yustinus sucipto

    masgareng yustinus sucipto gave props (22 Aug 2008):

    Great moment .. It's high risk to get this picture..

  • Gene Rubio

    Gene Rubio gave props (22 Aug 2008):

    It's that waterline effect that makes this shark pic unique.

  • David Stafford

    David Stafford said (23 Aug 2008):

    sweet capture man, and nice composition

  • Greg Ballinger

    Greg Ballinger said (24 Aug 2008):

    Great over-under shot!! It's good to see someone use a fisheye lens to it's full potential. I love it! Looks like you see the world through a full frame fisheye just like me. Great job, and keep an eye on the horizon. GB

  • alex piacentini

    alex piacentini said (25 Aug 2008):

    Amazing! Great picture man!

  • ! Mario Scattoloni ¡

    ! Mario Scattoloni ¡ gave props (26 Aug 2008):

    Ditto 2 all the above as well. An absolutely stunning image & what gorgeous light, POV & all else as well. Very well done...

  • jh

    jh said (29 Aug 2008):

    awesome. love it

  • peter flame

    peter flame said (1 Sep 2008):

    Nice shot. A case of who's having who for dinner.

  • Tonya Gibbs

    Tonya Gibbs said (5 Sep 2008):

    I'm scared. Love this shot, your so brave! Great Fisheye lens. I don't usually like that lens, but this is a great use for it.

  • :) L P

    :) L P gave props (9 Sep 2008):

    Whoa! cool shot!

  • Jo Jo

    Jo Jo gave props (19 Sep 2008):

    Whoa! Cool and hot rolled into one photo. Superb work!!!

  • Karin Elizabeth

    Karin Elizabeth gave props (30 Sep 2008):

    Oh goodness, I remember this one from seeing it at flickr somewhere. Continues to be awesome!

  • Audrey St-Laurent

    Audrey St-Laurent gave props (2 Oct 2008):

    Wow, it's incredible, it looks surreal !

  • Johanna Siegmann

    Johanna Siegmann gave props (3 Oct 2008):

    An example of perfect timing. And bravery!

  • J Epp

    J Epp gave props (6 Oct 2008):

    wow, this one is incredible!

  • Kevin Carpenter

    Kevin Carpenter said (7 Oct 2008):

    Great shots. There is not enough underwater photography on this site.

  • Rizwan

    Rizwan said (7 Oct 2008):

    no words to describe it...it is amazing

  • Samantha Linton

    Samantha Linton gave props (11 Oct 2008):

    OMG this gives me chills - fabulous and scary!!

  • Daniel Powell

    Daniel Powell gave props (24 Oct 2008):


  • Tijana Cvjetićanin

    Tijana Cvjetićanin gave props (8 Nov 2008):


  • Mal Stewart

    Mal Stewart gave props (25 Nov 2008):

    That's one wild shot Willy. ...Excellent work.

  • Joerg Schlagheck

    Joerg Schlagheck gave props (28 Nov 2008):


  • Frank Jauernig

    Frank Jauernig gave props (15 Dec 2008):

    Amazing capture.

  • *Tim Needles

    *Tim Needles gave props (17 Dec 2008):

    Amazing shot, really

  • Harry Tran

    Harry Tran gave props (18 Dec 2008):

    sweet Jevus!

  • Mary McGrath

    Mary McGrath said (29 Dec 2008):

    Reminded me of my trip to Bora Bora, and some of the underwater shots I took. What kind of camera did you use? Very clear images! Must be a Nikor or something, from what I can see?

  • Manon Boily

    Manon Boily (Deleted) gave props (9 Feb 2009):

    your serie is just amazing! great light, details and originality! love it

  • Love It! Photography

    Love It! Photography gave props (12 Feb 2009):

    Awsome and brave!

  • Florence Berluteau

    Florence Berluteau gave props (12 Feb 2009):

    Quite impressive!

  • Tori Lindo

    Tori Lindo gave props (17 Mar 2009):


  • Andrea Reimer

    Andrea Reimer gave props (23 Mar 2009):

    I love sharks, what a fantastic photo!

  • Lucy Lambriex

    Lucy Lambriex gave props (29 Mar 2009):

    This is pretty incredible.

  • Andrea Jeckering

    Andrea Jeckering gave props (29 Mar 2009):


  • Terence Black

    Terence Black gave props (31 Mar 2009):

    great shot ~ WOW

  • tarjei krogh

    tarjei krogh gave props (4 Apr 2009):

    great capture!

  • Jo Jo

    Jo Jo gave props (7 Apr 2009):


  • husaine amri

    husaine amri (Deleted) said (8 Apr 2009):

    holy shit...thumbs up!

  • Michieru ミチエル

    Michieru ミチエル (Deleted) gave props (3 Jun 2009):

    Amazing shot!

  • Nabeel Alam

    Nabeel Alam gave props (13 Jun 2009):

    one of the most Awesome shots ive ever seen!!

  • Danny Monster

    Danny Monster gave props (15 Jun 2009):

    sick shot

  • Yohana Ruiz Dávila

    Yohana Ruiz Dávila (Deleted) gave props (18 Jun 2009):

    great poto.....

  • Lill-Veronica Skoglund

    Lill-Veronica Skoglund (Deleted) said (22 Jun 2009):

    Freaking awesome. Voted!

  • Tarek Daouk

    Tarek Daouk said (28 Aug 2009):

    dude - this is the best shot I've ever seen .. jealous - well done !

  • Amy Heiden

    Amy Heiden gave props (7 Oct 2009):

    Absolutely stunning shot! Incredible perspective, and framing! Love it!

  • Amy Heiden

    Amy Heiden gave props (7 Oct 2009):

    Absolutely stunning shot! Incredible perspective, and framing! Love it!

  • Matt Halkier

    Matt Halkier gave props (8 Jan 2010):

    Truly incredible shot!

  • sorei mahong

    sorei mahong said (1 Feb 2010):


  • Russ Wills

    Russ Wills gave props (1 Feb 2010):

    Amazing shot!

  • Leanne Silva

    Leanne Silva gave props (1 Feb 2010):

    Awesome shot!

  • Marcus Hammerschmitt

    Marcus Hammerschmitt   gave props (2 Feb 2010):

    "Awesomeness" would be an understatement.

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham (Deleted) gave props (3 Feb 2010):

    WOW!! This is an amazing shot!!!!!!!!!!

  • Victoria Laquindanum

    Victoria Laquindanum gave props (23 Jul 2010):

    this is so amazing!

  • CJC

    CJC gave props (4 Jan 2011):

    sharks are such remarkable creatures. This photo is amazing.

  • Laura Myers

    Laura Myers gave props (15 Nov 2012):

    wow, this is cool!

  • Talia Krasicka

    Talia Krasicka gave props (21 Oct 2015):

    Great catch!

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