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Home of the Whopper
Photograph by Paul Nicklen

Heart-stopping 40-pound (20-kilogram) salmon rest in a pool in Quebec's Causapscal River, home to some of the largest Atlantic salmon in the world. On the menu since time immemorial, Atlantic salmon have been etched on 12,000-year-old artifacts of Cro-Magnon man, mentioned by Roman scholar Pliny the Elder, protected by the Magna Carta, and crowned "King of fresh-water fish" by Izaak Walton in his 1653 classic, The Compleat Angler.

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Nikon F4 in Nexus F4 pro housing
Film Type: Fujichrome Provia
Lens: Nikon 20mm f/2.8
Speed and F-Stop: 1/60 @ f/11

Weather Conditions: Sunny and hot
Time of Day: Midday
Lighting Techniques: I combined natural light with two Ikelite SS200 strobes for fill flash.
Special Equipment or Comments: I used a rebreather so there wouldn't be any bubbles.



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