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Adam Machnicki relocated to Allen from his homeland of Poland almost two years ago when his software company transferred him.

WHEN
1:30pm
10.20.13

WHERE
Sea Life Grapevine Aquarium, Grapevine

Machnicki, who was showing his visiting Polish mother-in-law around the area, shot this compelling image of a couple entranced by a shark swimming overhead at the Sea Life Grapevine Aquarium. “I’m always trying to find moments that are magical to capture. In a matter of seconds, I saw this couple looking at a shark in the tank, and I snapped the shot. They never even noticed,” he says. Machnicki used an Olympus OM-D E-M5 with an Olympus digital 17 mm lens to record the image, converting color to black-and-white, and bringing the couple and the shark into sharp focus by adjusting the contrast. “There were many more details in the center of the photo, but I didn’t want any unnecessary distractions, so I made that area dark,” he explains. Not bad for an amateur photographer who’s only been shooting for three years.