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40 ton of adult humpback whale in full breach

40 ton of adult humpback whale in full breach
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Runner Up in VIEWBUG Photography Awards 2023
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Runner Up in Image Of The Month Photo Contest Vol 98
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63 Comments |
gregscharich PRO+
 
gregscharich October 30, 2023
Wow!! Awesome photo!
XoniUelo2 Platinum
 
XoniUelo2 October 31, 2023
The patch underneath it's jaw, makes it appear to be saying WHOOOOOOOOOO as it splashes around
sue-zon PRO+
 
sue-zon November 01, 2023
Absolutely magnificent!
JohnSmall PRO+
JohnSmall November 01, 2023
Thank you Sue
Joviaal PRO
 
Joviaal November 06, 2023
Magnificent capture.
JohnSmall PRO+
JohnSmall November 06, 2023
Thank you Joviaal
NaturesBounty
 
NaturesBounty November 12, 2023
Awesome capture. Wow!
JohnSmall PRO+
JohnSmall November 13, 2023
Thank you
RobertSGartnerPhotography PRO+
 
RobertSGartnerPhotography November 12, 2023
😯just...wow!!!
JohnSmall PRO+
JohnSmall November 13, 2023
Thank you Bob
craftworker PRO+
 
craftworker November 17, 2023
Awesome in all of whale awesomeness!
JohnSmall PRO+
JohnSmall November 17, 2023
Thank you James, much appreciated mate.
NatureCoast Ultimate
 
NatureCoast November 27, 2023
Congratulations as the PC in my Show in Motion challenge. Another of your great whale captures!
JohnSmall PRO+
JohnSmall November 27, 2023
Thank you Kathy, much appreciated.
JayneBug Platinum
 
JayneBug November 27, 2023
Masterpiece. Congratulations on your PC award.
JohnSmall PRO+
JohnSmall November 27, 2023
Thank you Jayne
sophiedv
 
sophiedv November 27, 2023
Congratulations John!
JohnSmall PRO+
JohnSmall November 27, 2023
Thank you Sophie
kurtsnyder Ultimate
 
kurtsnyder November 27, 2023
Wow - what an amazing image, John!! Congratulations on your challenge PC award!! Kurt πŸ˜€πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
JohnSmall PRO+
JohnSmall November 27, 2023
Thank you Kurt
cilla8 Platinum
 
cilla8 November 27, 2023
Magnificent capture!
JohnSmall PRO+
JohnSmall November 27, 2023
Thank you Priscilla
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Fame_Bright_Photography November 27, 2023
Congratulations on your people's choice award - well deserved!
JohnSmall PRO+
JohnSmall November 27, 2023
Thank you Robert
carolcardillo PRO+
 
carolcardillo November 27, 2023
Congratulations, John, on your PC Award!
JohnSmall PRO+
JohnSmall November 27, 2023
Thank you Carol
sheffblue
 
sheffblue November 27, 2023
this has to be one of the best whale photos ive seen - absolutely superb!!!
JohnSmall PRO+
JohnSmall November 27, 2023
Thank you so much John, greatly appreciated
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Eddieuuu071 December 03, 2023
Congratulations on your 2nd place finish! πŸ‘
JohnSmall PRO+
JohnSmall December 03, 2023
Thank you Eddie, much appreciated mate.
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Rmay1 December 03, 2023
Congratulations on runner up in Image of the Month. 😊
JohnSmall PRO+
JohnSmall December 03, 2023
Thank you Robyn
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anneliseworden_0373 December 03, 2023
Wow that’s so amazing just wow
JohnSmall PRO+
JohnSmall December 03, 2023
Thank you Annelise
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gaschenf December 03, 2023
John, Fantastic photo. Congratulations on your win! Well deserved!
JohnSmall PRO+
JohnSmall December 03, 2023
Thank you Fred, greatly appreciated
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BluebirdsPhotographyLLC December 17, 2023
Great Photo! Congratulations on your win.
JohnSmall PRO+
JohnSmall December 18, 2023
Thank you BluebirdsPhotographyLLC, much sppreciated
photobeat
 
photobeat December 17, 2023
amazing shot
JohnSmall PRO+
JohnSmall December 18, 2023
Thank you Ben
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ebehere December 18, 2023
πŸ˜€
JohnSmall PRO+
JohnSmall December 18, 2023
Thank you Mario
photography2024
 
photography2024 December 24, 2023
Amazing photo!
JohnSmall PRO+
JohnSmall December 24, 2023
Thank you photography2023, much appreciated.
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paultomlins December 25, 2023
Happy Christmas 😎
JohnSmall PRO+
JohnSmall December 25, 2023
Thank you Paul and a Merry Xmas and a happy, safe and prosperous New Year to you and your family
Joseph1 Platinum
 
Joseph1 December 25, 2023
Great capture
JohnSmall PRO+
JohnSmall December 25, 2023
Thank you Joseph
porcupine_bush PRO+
 
porcupine_bush December 26, 2023
I'm stunned. Amazing!
JohnSmall PRO+
JohnSmall December 29, 2023
Thank you Marta
porcupine_bush PRO+
 
porcupine_bush December 26, 2023
I'm stunned. Amazing!
staceygensel PRO+
 
staceygensel Jan 02
amazing captures...
JohnSmall PRO+
JohnSmall Jan 02
Thank you Stacey
john567 Platinum
 
john567 Jan 04
Nice shot
JohnSmall PRO+
JohnSmall Jan 04
Thank you John
carlodelman PRO+
 
carlodelman Jan 04
BEAUTIFUL PHOTO. GRACEFUL AND ENERGETIC.
JohnSmall PRO+
JohnSmall Jan 04
Thank you Carl
joeloe
 
joeloe Jan 04
Excelent!!!
JohnSmall PRO+
JohnSmall Jan 04
Thank you Joe
LizKrahge
 
LizKrahge Jan 04
Brilliant image perfect timing
JohnSmall PRO+
JohnSmall Jan 04
Thank you Liz, much appreciated
EilaZ24
 
EilaZ24 Jan 05
Stunning!
JohnSmall PRO+
JohnSmall Jan 05
Thank you Elia
FergalBrady
 
FergalBrady Jan 05
Get David attenborough in here for explanations what a shot!
JohnSmall PRO+
JohnSmall Jan 05
Thank you Fergal, much appreciated mate.
VLJ_PHOTOGRAPHY Platinum
 
Magnificent
JohnSmall PRO+
JohnSmall Jan 08
Thank you Lee
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Ricardo_MGF Jan 08
Great shot of a magnificent being !!!
JohnSmall PRO+
JohnSmall Jan 08
Thank you Ricardo, much appreciated
Joviaal PRO
 
Joviaal Jan 19
Congratulations on you finalist and runner up positions. I hope once to make a photo like that. πŸ˜‰
dolero PRO+
 
dolero Jan 22
C'est superbe
JohnSmall PRO+
JohnSmall Jan 22
Thank you Dom
Pjerry
 
Pjerry Jan 22
Super capture.

Thank you for your contribution to - The Fourth Quarter 2023 Collection - challenge. To determine the winner of the people's choice, I'm asking you - as ever, and in case you already haven't - to vote.
Voting is open!! Good luck.
Natulya PRO
 
Natulya Feb 04
Congratulations πŸŽ‰
JohnSmall PRO+
JohnSmall Feb 04
Thank you Natulya
jw719 PRO
 
jw719 Feb 05
GREAT CAPTURE!! Congratulations on your win.
JohnSmall PRO+
JohnSmall Feb 05
Thank you Jerry
ilmar Platinum
 
ilmar Feb 05
Astounding well deserved picture for your win of "most awarded photo" challenge.
JohnSmall PRO+
JohnSmall Feb 05
Thank you Ilmar, much appreciated.
kurtsnyder Ultimate
 
kurtsnyder Feb 05
COngratulations John on your challenge win! THat is an amazing image. Did his wake make your boat wobble?? Kurt πŸ˜€
JohnSmall PRO+
JohnSmall Feb 05
Thank you Kurt. The swell was big enough without more waves. Half the time when you thought you had a great shot all you got was sky or water.
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It's definitely a big WOW!!! Congratulations. πŸ˜€
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JohnSmall Feb 05
Thank you Patti
PixelsXposed
 
PixelsXposed Feb 05
Congrats
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JohnSmall Feb 06
Thank you Ralph.
Pjerry
 
Pjerry Feb 06
I would say a once in a lifetime capture, but.... the other entry is on par with one. A marvellous capture and a well deserved winner of th 4th Quarter 2023 challenge.
JohnSmall PRO+
JohnSmall Feb 06
Thank you Pierre, much appreciated mate.
sophiedv
 
sophiedv Feb 06
Congratulations, John!
JohnSmall PRO+
JohnSmall Feb 06
Thank you Sophie
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jleosadauskas Feb 06
Congratulations John. A wonderful photo.
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JohnSmall Feb 06
Thank you Leo, much appreciated
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Lesabre1954 Feb 06
Utterly amazing!πŸ˜ƒ
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JohnSmall Feb 06
Thank you Lesabre1954, much appreciated.
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kurtsnyder Feb 07
WOW John - your amazing image is winning lots of awards! Congratulations on winning the 4th quarter 2023 Challenge award!! Quite an accomplishment for sure! Kurt πŸ˜€πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
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Pjerry Feb 21
Thank you for your contribution to the "The Year 2023 Collection" challenge.
Be so kind to vote, please!!!
Good luck with your entry.

Voting is open!!
JohnSmall PRO+
JohnSmall Feb 21
Thank you Pierre
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Savannah2360 Feb 23
Awesome!
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JohnSmall Feb 23
Thank you Savannah2360
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Oliveoyle1 Feb 29
Seriously? Now that is an amazing shot!! LOVE LOVE LOVE
JohnSmall PRO+
JohnSmall Feb 29
Thank you Julie, very much appreciated
toniwilliams_5546 PRO+
 
Way to go! What an amazing shot!
JohnSmall PRO+
JohnSmall Mar 02
Thank you Toni
Tinystuff50
 
Tinystuff50 Mar 03
Amazing Shot!! wow thats close!
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JohnSmall Mar 04
Thank you so much Teena.
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HELLSTORM66 Mar 08
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Alfre_Xat Apr 06
Awesome
JohnSmall PRO+
JohnSmall Apr 06
Thank you Alfredo
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jeffberard Apr 12
Great photo!
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JohnSmall Apr 12
Thank you Jeff, much appreciated.
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photobeat Apr 12
Stunning shot
JohnSmall PRO+
JohnSmall Apr 12
Thank you Ben.
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DAsEye Apr 12
How can you love whales
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JohnSmall Apr 12
They are magnificent creature David, amazing how they throw themselves out of the water considering the size of them.
kymberleyjane
 
kymberleyjane Apr 13
The power! Magnificent, and a bit scary
JohnSmall PRO+
JohnSmall Apr 13
Thanks Kymberley, they are magnificent creatures.
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Joviaal Apr 13
Congratulations on your PC win. Great action shot.
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JohnSmall Apr 13
Thanks Joviaal
murrayclode
 
murrayclode Apr 13
wow! Great capture!
JohnSmall PRO+
JohnSmall Apr 13
Much appreciated Murray
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Behind The Lens

Location

This photo was taken off the coast of Bermagui, New South Wales whilst on a whale watching cruise. On this day there was a 2-3 metre swell running with the boat being tossed around in the water.

Time

The shot was taken in the morning between 10.30 and 11.00 am

Lighting

I was hoping on good weather but the day was overcast with a 2-3 metre swell running. There were a few breaks in the sky but mostly dull lighting with a few showers around.

Equipment

This shot was taken with a Canon 90D camera with a 100-400 EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM. No other equipment was used although I did cover the camera and lens with a waterproof cover.

Inspiration

We normally travel south from Sydney to Bermagui or Merimbula around September/October each year for the southern migration of the Humpback Whales. It is during this time we see the mothers bringing their new season calves back down the coast towards Antartica. We do a couple of whale watching cruises over a few days in the hope of photographing mother whales teaching their young calves how to breach, tail slap and become acrobats of the sea. To view these magnificent creatures often weighing up to 40 tonne throwing themselves into the air is an experience and one that you will remember for life.

Editing

The only post processing taken on this image was auto balance and auto sharpen.

In my camera bag

I normally carry two Canon camera bodies, both 90D's together with two telephoto Canon lenses a 100-400mm 1:4.5-5.6 L IS USM and 15-85mm 1:3.5-5.6 IS USM as well as a macro 100mm 1:2.8 L IS USM. When out on the water is also a great idea to have some sort of weatherproof covering to protect your equipment from salt spray.

Feedback

As these creatures are wild it is not guaranteed that you will see a whale breach, you have to be patient and hope for the best. You need to keep your cameras up and if possible have your camera set on burst and take as many shots as you can. On the day this shot was taken there was a large swell running and sometimes when you think you have a great shot you check your work only to find all you have is sky or water. As you do not have much time to get your shot it is also recommended to have your camera set with a high speed with auto ISO. Whilst it is desirable to get a great shot of the whales it is also a good idea to put the camera down for a few minutes and just sit back and enjoy the experience.

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