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Article: Wired on photographing whales, life sized

Photographer Bryant Austin in front of a life size photo of a sperm whale
Photographer Bryant Austin in front of a life size photo of a sperm whale

Wired.com reports on photographer Bryant Austin’s photographs of whales, which have recently been published in a book called Beautiful Whale, with a foreword by Sylvia Earle. Using a 50 megapixel Hasselblad camera and a series of photos taken from about two metres away, Austin creates incredibly detailed, life sized composite images of whales.

The process is technically challenging (Austin had to build a computer capable of dealing with the 60 gigabyte images he produced) and costly, as Austin spends extended periods of time at sea with groups of whales, gaining their confidence and waiting for them to approach him so that he can be close enough to take photographs.

The article about Bryant’s work is here, along with some of his photographs.

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