By Jamie Smith
A photographer diced with DEATH to capture this stunning behind the scenes image of a surfer riding a wave while underwater snappers tussled for the perfect shot.
Sash Fitzsimmons snapped the incredible photograph, which captures both above and inside a wave in the same frame, in the water off Hawaii’s North Shore.
And the 48-year-old part-time snapper, who also works as a construction manager, admitted he risked life and limb to take the once in a lifetime image.
Sash, from Honolulu, Hawaii, said: “I got lucky with this shot.
“I will never be able to get the same photo again with everything so perfect. I was just lucky to be in the right place at the right time.
“You have to be in the right spot at the right time and avoid being hit by the surfboard.
“You have to try and position yourself right where the surfer is coming at you and get in the barrel of the wave, so you are putting yourself right there in the danger zone.
“But that is where you have to be to get the best shots. It is definitely is as much of an adrenaline sport for the photographers as it is for the surfers.
“We all wear helmets out there for safety reasons, it is easy to hit your head on the reef or get run over by a surfboard and get hit – there are a lot of close calls in the water.
“One famous photographer died out there after he hit his head on the reef.”
Sash, who has been taking water photographs for several years, used a GoPro camera on burst mode to take the dramatic image.
He pared this with a fish eye lens and special dome which pushes water away from his camera lens and said this allowed him to simultaneously capture the scene underwater and above the wave.
Sash said: “I grew up surfing and now I get the same adrenaline rush from taking photographs in the water as I do from surfing.
“I was in the water for a couple of hours trying to get all the different shots. The surfers, the sky above, the water below, the other photographers underwater – it is a great photo.”