This image grabs lots of attention, but also happens to have been a simple image to make. Stopping or freezing the action in a photo just takes enough light, ISO and shutter speed. I set my camera to shoot wide open at 1/1000th of a second to make this photo.
Most of my students think that the shot was luck. But it was actually just common sense and preparation. All animals are just like us in that they need air. Once this bear went underwater, it was only a matter of time before he came up. So I watched him go down, and pointed my camera where I last saw him and waited. Sure enough, he came up and started shaking the water off his head like my dog used to. That’s when I pressed the shutter.
Remember, to stop or freeze action, just use a fast shutter speed and set your camera to Shutter Priority.