While we were in Alaska, we did a couple of boat tours (not on a large cruse ship) to see the glaciers and off course along the way, we hope to see some wild life as well, we saw many birds, sea lions, sea otters and more. But one of the most important we want to see Whales. We were lucky to have seen a few humpback whales; however, taking photos of it is not always easy. We saw a few whales close up, mostly the top of it slightly above the surface of the sea. Again, how well can you see the whales when they are mostly submerged in the water? You only get the impression of how big they are. They do go down to feed often, so they have to come up a little higher to dive deeper down. That’s when we would see the back of the whale rises up from the water (See WS) and follows by the flip of the tail in the air as in this shot. That was most of us expected to see. Except in rare occasion some would breech with parts of its body into the air, one has to be lucky to be at the right place and time and have to be quick with the camera and aiming at the right spot in the wide open sea.
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Subhogen (4067) 2013-12-26 10:56
Once again a superb nature shot with excellent timing. I like the way you have clicked just when the whale is lifting its tail out of the water. That creates a wonderful effect with the water draining down its lifted tail. Great focus on the subject which has created good detailing. An excellent shot!! please keep sharing. Thanks as always.
macjake (71731) 2013-12-26 10:59
Humans certainly do have a fascination with Whales, I'm in that group as well.
and its so cool to see how they often match the color of the waters, making them so hard to locate and even harder to photograph.
getting the tail/fin coming up out of the water is certainly the classic whale photo, and you've got that in spades here - well done.
crisp and clear. I suppose you were fighting with others to get the best pov! :)
nice shot indeed
rbassin (24279) 2013-12-26 11:09
C'est une magnifique photo, bien cadrée montrant un gros plan sur la queue d'une baleine.
Les détails sont très bien réalisés, l'eau est du plus bel effet.
chrislo (4097) 2013-12-26 11:26
What a great shot, Way ! Must be an unforgettable moment to see something like this in person. You've captured this authentic unique moment so well. Brilliant timing and composition. I enjoy very much the amount of detail on the whale's skin and the water droplets. The subject is well postitioned in the frame. You really did a great job, considering the moving conditions and the telephoto lens. A fantastic fast shutter shot.
mesutilgim (97184) 2013-12-26 11:29
Great captuere with perfect timing ! A real masterwork for the theme natüre.
Many good and usefull notes makes your entry a perfect TE job.
TFS and best regards
siudzi (34141) 2013-12-26 11:32
Wow! What a shot this time! A really top class work taken with such a great quality and technique. Absolutely original and fantastic nature study. Bravo! TFS!
pajaran (65070) 2013-12-26 11:48
Interesantan tekst o mestu i trenutku ...
Dobar trenutak snimka i kontrast, lepe boje.
Sve je manje kitova u moru, covek je najveci neprijatelj zivotinja na zemlji.
Lep i nezaboravan trenutak.
Uskoro cemo samo na fotografijama da gledamo retke zivotinje.
An interesting article on the place and time ...
Good time recording and contrast, beautiful colors.
There are fewer whales in the sea, a man is the greatest enemy of animals on Earth.
A beautiful and memorable moment.
Soon we will only look at the photographs to rare animals.
All the best.
lousat (96732) 2013-12-26 12:37
Hi Way,this is a very lucky meeting! You caught in the best way this very rare opportunity,great timing and perfect exposure to take fantastic details despite the fast mouvement,a very original shot,i like it! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
nikkitta (17068) 2013-12-26 15:03
This is exactly what we can call a mouvement capture, taken with fast speed to catch just the moment the whale is raising pouring water and foam
Great timing obtaining a powerful moment just in the midlle of the sea
Must be quite exiting looking at them from so near and in a safe way
All in all an impresive nature capture, did you notice that your last pictures are mainly with bluish tones?
Thanks for your note, wish you a good Winter-time
In Argentina to see the whales there are only boats and you sail between them , with no posibility of taken photos, must go some day
abmdsudi (57176) 2013-12-26 19:29
Whale Tale! Wow-that must have been amazing to see that in person, just seeing a sight like this would be fantastic let alone having the chance to capture it I am all dreaming about capturing such an image -one of the most Iconic pictures I think, this is my dream shot in pictorial reality...
It's an achievement Way, to get that close view of wildlife and how cool is this. You made a splendid picture and one to draw attention straight away, a well-seized moment capturing it in motion but well frozen to reflect the gentle movements. Love the framing, in sharp focus and good clarity in its natural colors with diffuse bg to enhance the depth but the water curtain and splash are magnificent as strong element creating superb contrast as well. Your picture is precious a hugely rewarding experience and another topnotch. Compliments to your great work, passion and time. Thks for sharing :))
fabbs99 (17175) 2013-12-26 19:31
Excellent shot of the tail of the whale.You must consider yourself lucky to have seen the tail of the whale in the sea.Good sharpness and clarity.Very well done.TFS.
emka (105528) 2013-12-26 23:17
So you went to Alaska? After seeing some romantic comedies taking place in Alaska, this is the place I would like to go, but it is so far and so difficult to move around, I suppose. We can't expect to see more of whales. you were lucky to see the tale and to be able to shoot it. I saw whales near Cape Town but only some part of the top above the sea surface. Again perfect timing, the nature photo like from NG magazine. Congratulations and I am envious you saw it.
Superb composition, with fantastic sharpness.
have a nice day
Mics (980) 2013-12-27 0:04
Spectacular and perfectly-timed shot! Fantastic :-)
jhm (158904) 2013-12-27 3:49
What a lovely moment for take these nice picture.
Perfect taken with the water drops and the tail.
Nice daily life picture.
A nice composition, soft of colours, excellent presentation.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
ikeharel (77217) 2013-12-27 5:01
Good use of long focal lens here, not a best idea to chae a whale-tail just for a picture...
Nice and precise moment collected, as the big fish raied its tail to gain yet more thrust under water.
Have a nice holiday-weekend,
rigoletto (34279) 2013-12-27 5:38
hi way. i once read that even people going to alaska or patagonia and taking whale tours are not that lucky to witness this scene, while only one tenth of these luckiest can get a reasonable photo worth of sharing with public. you are one of those luckiest in one millionth, you (and we) should be thankful for that. beautiful!
saxo042 (37966) 2013-12-27 7:29
A very good and forceful picture of this impressive and gigantic animal. Must have very a very special experience to see this whale in real life!
Happy New Year
cornejo (46076) 2013-12-27 10:32
Hello Way, very good picture of this beautiful and interesting composition with the tail of a whale, very well captured in this interesting image, with good sharpness, light and color. Very nice and interesting job perfectly done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good morning and happy weekend.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.
Didi (60590) 2013-12-27 10:35
Good decisive moment for this interesting subject
You were very close to the whale
Good selective DOF setting
Best wishes while waiting the new year
Wanda1 (15142) 2013-12-28 23:52
You were lucky indeed. I love how the water cascades off the giant tale, and even from just seeing the tale we can get a sense of the size of the animal. Well captured with your fast eye and hand.
All the best wishes for 2014.
Cricri (124848) 2013-12-29 7:03
Quelle prise magnifique de la baleine plongeant ce qui donne une vue en gros plan sur ces ailerons, qualité d'image excellente, très jolie
danos (102500) 2013-12-30 9:45
a very nice and pleasant scene with the whale's tail to be the eye catching of the scene.I like the decesive moment of the snapshot as the excellent presentation.
All the best for the New Year,Danos
Sonata11 (33971) 2013-12-30 18:47
Wow!!!! very beautiful composition. Perfectly well done. Love it. Best regards and have a Happy New Year 2014, Barbara
ktanska (29017) 2013-12-31 4:54
I can well imagine how difficult it is to take photos of whales. Those moments pass by so quickly. I guess one needs some practice to estimate the right moment.
Here you got it just right, congratulations!
(Title rhymes, though spelling of the words is so different, isn't English a funny language!)
Happy New Year!
adores (46357) 2014-01-01 12:42
Beautiful shot! You were really lucky to see them and to get such a nice photo! We have whales in the Azores Islands, but I've never been on a boat tour to watch them.
I like the composition and the way you captured the tale and the water falling from it. A photo full of movement and with very good focus!
Have a great New Year!
ChrisJ (117201) 2014-01-02 8:14
I could have seen whales in British Columbia Canada a bit further south but chose instead to see Victoria and the Rocky mountains because we also have humpback whales in Australia right on my doorstep in Moreton Bay. I really should do a tour next time I am home. The last time I saw whales like this was in Bacuit Archipelago in the Philippines. Good decisive moment here catching the fluke of the whale at exactly the right moment. Tfs!
mkamionka (39803) 2014-01-02 13:59
I did several whale watching tours in California. We saw some but quite far away and as you say photographing something so small and fast is so difficult, always when I found it in the viewfinder it disappeared again. Dolphins were even worse -too fast although so much closer.
Excellent quality shot here! That is the best I could dream off! The tail is so clear and sharp. I see you used quite a fast exposition time to freeze also the water.
Have a happy New Year!
chawax (20760) 2014-01-04 14:31
I could see whales in my trip to Iceland (didn't post the photos yet) and I agree it is a fantastic moment to live ! Very nice shot, mines were not so well done ;)
tatadalou (7459) 2014-01-05 15:37
You were lucky to have your camera ready to shoot while seeing the emerging tail of this whale ! It's so quik ! Excellent focus on the tail.
I wish you a happy new year,
COSTANTINO (68902) 2014-01-06 22:48
you are a lucky photographer because
you were in Alaska and did a couple
of boat tours your useful notes
about humpback whales are top
interesting of course taking
photos of it is not always
easy but you did it
delpeoples (59684) 2014-01-10 18:41
This is another decisive moment that only a few very lucky people ever get to witness. What wonderful things you have seen in your life! And I thank you for sharing them, and sharing them so artistically. You timed it perfectly, the image is beautifully composed and so sharp. I have been very fortunate to see a whale and baby breaching off Narooma Beach a few years ago, but never got a shot off at all. It's some gig that leaves you in awe of nature and these magical creatures. Thank you once again for sharing a very special and rare photograph.
Angshu (56760) 2014-01-13 4:44
A second later and I think you would have captured the image we all see from time to time of the whale's tail vertically up...but what we get here are the trails of water from the tail fins..Beautiful!
You took this shot with only 100mm zoom...so either you were very close or you cropped this shot very effectively.
jcpix (13930) 2014-01-14 16:31
A classic type of image, no matter how many times it's been taken, it's stood the test of time in its appeal. Like your other experiences, I can only imagine this is yet another that will remain with you for a long, long time. A sight to behold for sure, in all of its simplicity, nature once again proves her beauty and allure. What I like most about this shot is that you didn't wait for the tail to reach it's peak, and thus capturing the flow of water on the back end, creating a stronger sense of action and motion. Catchy title too! :) Enjoy the day ahead.