Possibly the Most Amazing Photo of a Surfer and Dolphin Ever TakenThe perfectly timed shot was captured off western Australia
But photographer Matt Hutton insists the image wasn't Photoshopped. The 31-year-old Australian photographer and a friend were on a road trip across western Australia recently when he captured the image. The two had stopped off in the small coastal town of Kalbarri for a few days. Hutton had just bought a new telephoto lens and was testing it out on the surfers at a local spot called Jacques Point. That's when he trained his lens on the surfer he would later learn to be Trent Sherborne.
"I was getting some great photos of him surfing this awesome wave when a pod of dolphins decided to join him," Hutton told SKYE via email. "On the first occasion I captured two dolphins sharing a wave with him and a few separate photos of just the dolphins by themselves."
Hutton continued: "We were about to leave for the day and I followed Trent in on what was going to be my final shot when a dolphin jumped out of the water beside him. At this point I was a little excited and zoomed in on my LCD screen to make sure it was in focus ... which it was!"
Hutton couldn't believe his good fortune.
"Let's just say I was very happy!!!" he wrote. "Really a very rare shot and I was so lucky to have been at the right place and right time!"
Hutton posted the photo to Facebook. Only then did he hear from Sherbourne.
"Trent said he knew it was him in the photo, as it's not everyday you get to eyeball a dolphin," he wrote.
Hutton is a self-taught photographer. He works for Rio Tinto Iron Ore, an iron ore producer, and he's learning to be a train driver. "I work full time, even though my shifts are four days on then four days off," he wrote, "which gives me plenty of time to explore and find new and exciting places to photograph."
The dolphin photo has been his biggest hit to date.
"I have had so many people write kind emails, messages, comments, etc.," he said, "and it has been a very humbling experience and is simply the highlight of my small photography career."
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