Bubble-jetting emperors
October 19, 2012 9:16 AM   Subscribe

I loved the black and white winner. Very lovely.
posted by msjen at 9:25 AM on October 19, 2012

Oh, "wildlife" is describing the photography, not the photographer -- I was afraid this a double about those those GoPro-loving seagulls.

Seriously, though, these are amazing... though #10 will haunt my dreams.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 9:26 AM on October 19, 2012 [1 favorite]

Those are all fantastic.
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 9:34 AM on October 19, 2012

Don't you just hate it when a much better title comes to you minutes after putting up the post... ("Godspeed You! Bubblejet Emperors") #humblebrag
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 9:36 AM on October 19, 2012 [2 favorites]

Those are amazing photos. Thanks.
posted by Dasein at 9:53 AM on October 19, 2012

The polar bear one is a little bit heart breaking.
posted by Tarumba at 9:57 AM on October 19, 2012

"Ice Matters" makes me want to cry.
posted by xingcat at 10:10 AM on October 19, 2012

The safest way to get close is when they are concentrating on a shoal of fish, says Luciano

No, I am pretty sure the safest way to get close is to send some other dude into the water with a camera instead.
posted by elizardbits at 10:16 AM on October 19, 2012 [1 favorite]

Guess what phrase popped into my head when I saw picture 3??

fearfulsymmetry, thanks for the great post. I dream of taking pictures like this.
posted by Currer Belfry at 10:37 AM on October 19, 2012

These are gorgeous! Thanks for posting this.
posted by Azara at 11:29 AM on October 19, 2012

The text under so many about the depicted animal's disappearance from the wild makes my heart ache.

Thanks for posting these phenomenal photographs.
posted by bearwife at 11:33 AM on October 19, 2012

One of the rare times I've seen fisheye used sensibly. Excellent photos.
posted by brokkr at 12:29 PM on October 19, 2012

I'ma let you finish, but basically if there aren't any pictures of walruses, it is basically garbage.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 1:53 PM on October 19, 2012

This is why I wouldn't be a good parent: because I wouldn't be able to stop myself from pointing out that monsters are real.

Just before I said "Sweet dreams kids!" and I closed their bedroom door.
posted by quin at 2:42 PM on October 19, 2012

The reflection of #8 looks like Squirrelzilla!
posted by homunculus at 4:14 PM on October 19, 2012

Beautiful. But. Wish I hadn't seen that terrified gazelle and the four cats toying with it.
I realize it's normal and necessary. Just don't want to see it so much.
posted by Glinn at 7:02 PM on October 19, 2012

I've been wanting to exploit this technique for some time. But this is brilliant. For those that don't know, it's what happens when the flash is situated close to the lens (usually an accident, but more profound when using a higher focal length lens), so that the flash's angle of incidence and subsequent reflection goes directly back into the lens - bouncing off the back of the subject's eye. Getting the right amount of light bounce is the trick, and this one nails it.
posted by a non e mouse at 4:36 PM on October 20, 2012

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