This Image Is Not Photoshopped - Know The Story

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| April 3 , 2015 , 13:13 IST

[caption id="attachment_9563" align="aligncenter" width="700"]White Shark White Shark Swimming With A Kayak (Photograph by Thomas P Peshchak)[/caption]

When this photograph was first published in many magazines and newspapers around the world, it resulted in a flurry of e-mails, phone calls and letters from around the world asking if the image was a fake. The image became the most talked about shark photograph ever.

The photograph is real with no Photoshop, no digital manipulation, no nothing. It was taken by Thomas P. Peschak a contributing photographer to National Geographic Magazine and a fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers (ILCP).

Born in Germany and based in South Africa, he spends 300 days a year on assignment in various parts of the world. He began this career specializing in photographing Africa's marine and coastal biodiversity, and produced three books on the subject: Currents of Contrast, Great White Shark and Wild Seas Secret Shores.

This particular photograph was shot on slide film Fuji Provia 100 using a Nikon F5 Camera and 17-35 mm lens. For those conspiracy fans who still doubt its authenticity please read

Thomas recalls, ''To capture this image I tied myself to the tower of the research boat Lamnidae and leaned into the void, precariously hanging over the ocean while waiting patiently for a white shark to come along. I wanted to shot a photograph that would tell the story of our research efforts to track white sharks using kayaks. When the first shark of the day came across our sea kayak it dove to the seabed and inspected it from below. I quickly trained my camera on the dark shadow which slowly transformed from diffuse shape into the sleek outline of a large great white. When the shark’s dorsal fin broke the surface I thought I had the shot, but hesitated a fraction of a second and was rewarded with marine biologist Trey Snow in the kayak turning around to look behind him. I pressed the shutter and the rest was history. Throughout the day I shot many more images, most showing the kayak following the shark, but all lacked the power of that first image of the great white tracking the kayak.''

The image not only provides a great for its visual impact but also for the myths it breaks about the great white sharks.  Humans consider it the most dangerous of species but are they? As Thomas in his book Sharks & People: Exploring Our Relationship With the Most Feared Fish in the Sea, points out, fewer than a half dozen humans are killed each year by sharks, while we have been slaughtering 38 million of them annually.