Animals Wildlife Getting Within Inches of Whales for Photographs: Bryant Austin Explains How and Why (Video) By Jaymi Heimbuch Writer California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo Jaymi Heimbuch is a writer and photographer specializing in wildlife conservation. She is the author of The Ethiopian Wolf: Hope at the Edge of Extinction. our editorial process Twitter Twitter Jaymi Heimbuch Updated October 11, 2018 Migrated Image / Video Screencapture Share Twitter Pinterest Email Animals Wildlife Pets Animal Rights Endangered Species Renowned combat photographer Robert Capa once said, "If your pictures aren't good enough, you're not close enough." Well, the same holds true with whales. Bryant Austin has an amazing calling as a photographer. He gets within inches of whales to photograph them and creates life-size images that he hopes will inspire viewers to save these magnificent creatures. "I am mostly known for creating life-size photographs of whales, with an emphasis on the inquisitive expressions of their eyes." His work has even found its way into a coffee table book, "Beautiful Whale" (Amazon $38). But how does he manage to get so close? And without getting hurt? What is it like to be so near such a huge animal? And of course, how can you get a good life-size photo?