Whale Shark Photos: Underwater Photography Portfolio

No amount of preparation quite prepares you for the experience of being in the water with a whale shark.

As the world’s largest fish, the sheer size of these ‘gentle giants’ as they pass by is a thrill that’s hard to describe. Seeing the outline of a huge shark approaching (even though they’re plankton feeders) gives the caveman brain a jolt of adrenaline – maybe a throwback to when the ginormous megalodon shark terrorized the seas.

Many of these photos were taken during assignments to Leyte in the Philippines and Papua in the far East of Indonesia, each trip becoming feature articles for Garuda Indonesia and Cebu Pacific airlines.

Snorkeling and freediving with these amazing animals is one of the most incredible experiences I’ve had while exploring the Coral Triangle.

Big thanks to Philippe, John, and the amazing team at Liquid Eye Water Housing Systems for all their help over the years with the housing for my camera—all of the underwater shots in this portfolio were created with gear from their shop.

If you see any shots that catch your eye for a magazine article, print ad, or to hang on your wall, just send me an e-mail and I’ll get back to you right away. I’m also happy to talk to photo editors, DP’s, art directors, and other creatives about collaborating on location / destination photo shoots. I’m based most of the year in Bali, Indonesia, but am available to travel internationally. If you’d like to talk about working together to create a collection of one-of-a-kind images to complement your dive destination, travel / lifestyle magazine, or liveaboard boat.

Check out more samples of my underwater photography here.

All of these photos are also available as prints from my online print shop – click here now for pricing / sizing options.

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I was a water kid when I was growing up.I spent every summer vacation swimming, canoeing, waterskiing, and fishing. Actually not that much has changed in the past 30+ years with the exception that I now go diving and surfing more than waterskiing.Oceans, rivers, and coral reefs have always fascinated ...READ MORE

Tommy Schultz

Photographer, Writer, & Film Maker

Hi, my name is Tommy - thanks for visiting my site today. I've spent the past ten years capturing stories from around the world with my camera. I'm inspired by the ocean, working with creative people, and sharing what I've learned along the way. If you enjoyed this article and love travel / photography you should sign up for my free newsletter. If you need creative for your upcoming project, click here to learn how I can help you. If you want to learn how to share your own story in pictures / video, you can join my online photography course. If you'd like to connect with me, please say hi on Google+, Twitter, Facebook, or YouTube. If you're curious how / why I made the switch to being a full-time photographer, just click here.


June 28, 2018