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Humpback Breaching at Sunset



We went out at sunset just west of Land's End in Baja California Sur, Mexico to photograph whales and after dark, listen to their song with a hydrophone. This w...
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We went out at sunset just west of Land's End in Baja California Sur, Mexico to photograph whales and after dark, listen to their song with a hydrophone. This was one of two adult humpback whales that breached several dozen times over the next hour along with a very young calf on their way back north.
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LUsherLamacraft Premium
 
LUsherLamacraft February 15, 2015
WOW!!!
LondonFox
 
LondonFox February 16, 2015
Fabulous!
kathymuhle PRO+
 
kathymuhle February 16, 2015
Amazing capture - voted
kathymb317
 
kathymb317 February 18, 2015
Amazing capture - WOW!
kathymb317
 
kathymb317 February 18, 2015
Amazing capture - WOW!
kathymb317
 
kathymb317 February 18, 2015
Amazing capture - WOW!
courtneyley
 
courtneyley February 24, 2015
Unreal!
GigiJim08 PRO+
 
GigiJim08 February 26, 2015
Congratulations on your Award!
mfayne
 
mfayne February 28, 2015
fantastic capture. Absolutely wonderful
Redcow
 
Redcow February 28, 2015
You were so lucky to get this fabulous image!
mattiehunt
 
mattiehunt March 14, 2015
Nice!
BonZeye PRO
 
BonZeye March 16, 2015
This photo brought tears to my eyes.
cmorisset PRO
 
cmorisset March 23, 2015
Golden! Magnificent capture, congrats!
chriswhittington
 
chriswhittington March 27, 2015
congratulations - excellent capture !
Martin-Wasilewski
 
Martin-Wasilewski April 12, 2015
Just perfect!
chrissy2rn
 
chrissy2rn April 19, 2015
Well, that's fantastic!
Remraf
 
Remraf May 25, 2015
Fantastic!
caat
 
caat May 25, 2015
absolutely great.
Echopetphotography
 
Echopetphotography May 25, 2015
Amazing shot well done
p_eileenbaltz PRO
 
p_eileenbaltz May 25, 2015
Perfect light, composition and capture! Love it. How breathtaking it must be to experience something like this.:)
p_eileenbaltz PRO
 
p_eileenbaltz May 25, 2015
Oh, congratulations on your well-deserved awards and feature.:)
tetvet PRO+
 
tetvet May 25, 2015
great timing, nice colors, congrats
cmboyer
 
cmboyer May 25, 2015
Amazing lighting, composition and an amazing animal
JesusRodriguez
 
JesusRodriguez May 25, 2015
Very good lighthin.
CMcDaniel PRO+
 
CMcDaniel May 25, 2015
Perfect!
mlorenekimura PRO+
 
mlorenekimura May 25, 2015
Wow, what an incredible shot. The whale closeup, the sunset just everything. Congrats on this, I love it!!!!!!!
alef0 PRO+
 
alef0 May 25, 2015
Great capture!
susanhuckins
 
susanhuckins May 25, 2015
Superb capture. Great focus, lighting, pow and presentation Susan
Brun0
 
Brun0 May 25, 2015
Amazing capture, congrats
seatonimages
 
seatonimages May 25, 2015
Beautiful, beautiful. To experience it is one thing but to capture it forever, amazing.
chuckrickman Premium
 
chuckrickman May 25, 2015
So special. What a fantastic image. Congrats on a well deserved feature.
LawrenceBurns
 
LawrenceBurns May 25, 2015
Perfectly beautiful! A masterpiece!
blueberrydragon
 
blueberrydragon May 25, 2015
I am so envious of this shot!I have wanted to see whales in the wild for forever but no such luck!Beautiful shot!!!
RhondaMcD
 
RhondaMcD May 25, 2015
Amazing photo. Congratulations.
jimhelmick
 
jimhelmick May 25, 2015
Absolutely spectacular.
jessy
 
jessy May 25, 2015
Amazing!!!!
CaroMailly
 
CaroMailly May 25, 2015
ooooh wonderfull I can look at this photo the whole day long
tanjariedel PRO
 
tanjariedel May 27, 2015
Nice one
gwerfyl PRO+
 
gwerfyl May 28, 2015
Fantastic photograph well done
sivakumarkulandhaivel Premium
 
sivakumarkulandhaivel May 30, 2015
Magical Shot... Very well done and you took this opportunity to take this great shot... Sun light kisses this mammal, I am speechlesssssss.... Superb
KennethHuskey
 
KennethHuskey May 30, 2015
Wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Oliveoyle1 PRO
 
Oliveoyle1 June 01, 2015
Wow! Amazing shot!! Love it!!
LightWrite
 
LightWrite June 02, 2015
Perfect picture, great job
JDLifeshots
 
JDLifeshots June 06, 2015
Amazing shot! Congrats.
richardviehmann
 
richardviehmann June 08, 2015
awesome capture and love the lighting
mazenmikati
 
mazenmikati June 09, 2015
wow
Capture-Life
 
Capture-Life June 09, 2015
WOW!! :):)
SabineRoediger PRO
 
SabineRoediger June 10, 2015
just perfect! enjoying a moment with these beautiful creatures is on my bucket list. maybe one day...
spencefairbanks
 
spencefairbanks June 10, 2015
OMG!!!
lindabonskowski
 
lindabonskowski June 10, 2015
Absolutely stunning!!! I have been on several whale watches and never got a breach!! You are so lucky!!!
GordonD PRO
 
GordonD June 10, 2015
spectacular shot, you must have felt very lucky to have seen this :)
debbiesteveorchard
 
debbiesteveorchard June 13, 2015
Talk about right time, right place. Everything was in your favour and then you made it happen. Wow, great shot
Brianmiller006
 
Brianmiller006 June 14, 2015
What are the odds on capturing an amazing image like this WOW!!
KMPhotography
 
KMPhotography June 20, 2015
amazing capture
rachaellivingstone
 
rachaellivingstone June 24, 2015
awesome!
huch5150
 
huch5150 June 26, 2015
Are you kidding me!?!?!?!?!?! Absolute perfection. I truly have no words but wow.
jborys PRO+
jborys May 04, 2017
Lol. Thank you!
susieb
 
susieb July 04, 2015
Amazing!
FrankFerdi
 
FrankFerdi July 21, 2015
Glad you exposed for the whale and had 70mn ready, little adjustments made it exactly what you saw as you said and I can see too, GREAT SHOT and brave so close :) good luck and keep them coming
Dals-Photography PRO+
 
Dals-Photography July 23, 2015
Really Increadible! Showing whales like this, is something that I do value a lot, pls, share this photo with OCC groups, you may find them on the net, they are whale watchers, teachers, etc... Congratulations, for a fantastic photo!
KunduPayel
 
KunduPayel July 31, 2015
THIS IS ONE MOST SPECTACULAR CAPTURE!!!!!
WELL DONE!!!!!
jessieberle
 
jessieberle August 01, 2015
Wow, what a great shot!
RuwanFonseka PRO
 
RuwanFonseka August 13, 2015
Magical.
photosue50
 
photosue50 August 13, 2015
awesome shot!!!
caroleboudreau
 
caroleboudreau August 13, 2015
Wow is this for real or made up in photoshop?
jborys PRO+
jborys November 05, 2016
real
NickBPhotoUK PRO
 
NickBPhotoUK August 18, 2015
Magnificent capture. I award very few of those.
_Photographer_kis
 
_Photographer_kis August 29, 2015
WOW!!!!!!!
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Cobble-Art September 03, 2015
This image is breathtaking. Absolutely magnificent!
Mountain_explorer
 
Mountain_explorer September 07, 2015
Thats incredible !!!!
gbrookshaw
 
gbrookshaw September 07, 2015
WOW! Great moment! Great light too...
ImnluvwitanSRT4
 
ImnluvwitanSRT4 September 10, 2015
just phenomenal! i dream of an encounter like this!
Briser_fae_the_broch PRO
 
Briser_fae_the_broch September 12, 2015
Must have been amazing to see and awesome to capture, well done!
Templar451
 
Templar451 September 14, 2015
I'm going with WOW! too.
ApisitWilaijit
 
ApisitWilaijit September 22, 2015
Great work
nandicmb
 
nandicmb October 05, 2015
Congratulations on your Contest Finalist win in Survival Photo Contest!
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WolfEyesPhotography November 12, 2015
This is one of the best photographs I've ever seen.
Just AWESOME!!!!
modelmeemaw Premium
 
modelmeemaw November 15, 2015
Just magical!! Thank you
Martha
boveka
 
boveka November 25, 2015
Breathtaking!
maxinegrundy
 
maxinegrundy November 25, 2015
What a superb capture ..
I visited Samana DR last Jan to see these wonderful whales .,,they are amazing ...you have captured the pur essance of this whale ..thank you for sharing xx
michellehansenburgess
 
michellehansenburgess November 25, 2015
Magnificent Capture, that's for sure! I wish I could have been there to experience that!
LizV
 
LizV December 25, 2015
This is an amazing shot!
oldelphi PRO
 
oldelphi January 17, 2016
Capture of dreams, and light that moves to top level
texaaronpueschel PRO
 
texaaronpueschel April 22, 2016
This one gets it!! It is a winner. You even caught the eye of this magnificent whale.
DISCOVERABRUZZO_dot_IT
 
DISCOVERABRUZZO_dot_IT April 26, 2016
your crown sir..!
jborys PRO+
jborys May 04, 2017
Lol. Thank you!
JordanSuter
 
JordanSuter April 26, 2016
Took my breath away Great job.
arnoldgum PRO
 
arnoldgum May 02, 2016
Stunning!!
gwestbro
 
gwestbro May 03, 2016
Wonderful!
lucyunsworth PRO
 
lucyunsworth May 08, 2016
Perfect timing and gosh perfect day!
juanantoniorobles
 
juanantoniorobles May 22, 2016
OMG
RachieBachie
 
RachieBachie May 23, 2016
Literally makes me teary eyed how amazing this is... I would have loved to have been there to see this in person
lucjbelisle
 
lucjbelisle May 23, 2016
Wonderful shot Sun set or Sun rise gives it the color this type of image usually lack... This is beautiful in color, drama, and a wonderful composition.... Wow
ingeseverinsen PRO+
 
ingeseverinsen May 28, 2016
Superb capture!
5prettyfaces
 
5prettyfaces July 10, 2016
Great shot! Would love to have that opportunity someday.
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photosdude July 13, 2016
fabulous photo well done.
EmmaJPhotographie PRO+
 
EmmaJPhotographie July 13, 2016
Great shot!
markpaul
 
markpaul July 18, 2016
Wow!!!
deannefortnam PRO+
 
deannefortnam August 24, 2016
Fabulous image!
ndejong
 
ndejong September 09, 2016
beautiful shot! I love the golden light and composition! it looks like you were fairly close as well?
jborys PRO+
jborys May 04, 2017
I was using a 70-200mm so yes. Fairly close.
kariwatkins
 
kariwatkins September 24, 2016
wow! an amazing shot and memory!
tinyminn
 
tinyminn November 13, 2016
Incredible
martininglin
 
martininglin November 22, 2016
Great shot!
martininglin
 
martininglin November 22, 2016
where was this??!!!!
jborys PRO+
jborys May 04, 2017
Cabo San Lucas
MELLIE1955 PRO+
 
MELLIE1955 December 03, 2016
Outstanding!!!
Soleiburgess
 
Soleiburgess February 09, 2017
This is amazing!!
Neve_maguire
 
Neve_maguire February 11, 2017
Incredible!
photozrus
 
photozrus April 07, 2017
BEAUTIFUL!
Aljawashe
 
Aljawashe May 01, 2017
Wow fantastic photo
cassidymcdonald
 
cassidymcdonald May 13, 2017
Beautiful capture
Marcpen
 
Marcpen May 22, 2017
Great capture
Neckbone
 
Neckbone May 28, 2017
Great shot! Congrats!
AkinfeevK
 
AkinfeevK June 11, 2017
excellent photo
mtdoc
 
mtdoc June 27, 2017
Majestic!
Alwolfe Premium
 
Alwolfe September 23, 2017
Absolutely stunning!
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Byronfairphotography December 26, 2017
Absolutely gorgeous / Voted
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NancyFlemingPhotography March 02, 2018
Talking about being at the right place at the right time! This is an incredible shot. You should be very proud!
AudreyKotwicki
 
AudreyKotwicki April 09, 2018
Amazing
bobbytaylor71 Premium
 
bobbytaylor71 May 04, 2018
Wow ... Amazing capture ... Congrats on all your awards.
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RamonZabala October 01, 2018
Amazing
keepclicking
 
keepclicking October 23, 2018
Amazing pic
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ackmaui November 24, 2018
this is stunning...absolutely stunning
thunderlake
 
thunderlake November 26, 2018
Incredible!!
andrevondeling
 
andrevondeling December 12, 2018
WOW!
whitneysiasstenkamp
 
Love love love
jason5216
 
jason5216 Feb 07
Wow this is such an awesome shot congrats
thomson1
 
thomson1 Mar 30
wow! great shot!! Lived in Los Cabos 6 months and got close to the wales, but never when they breached. Good job.
ricklan PRO+
 
ricklan Jul 12
Amazing! Did you cry? I would have cried...LOL.
Dotti PRO
 
Dotti Jul 29
Beautiful shot. What a wonderful experience that must of been. I live 2 blocks from the Pacific Ocean in Californina. The whales should be coming through soon. I hope to get better whale photos. Dotti
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dinahumphreys Nov 11
Whale shots are harder then they look.Your photo is a masterpiece!

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Behind The Lens

Location
In the Pacific Ocean, just West of the Sea of Cortez and Land's End, Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, Mexico.
Time
This was taken on a warm day with a mild breeze. We had taken to the ocean while it was still quite light out and found this female and her calf just as the sun began to set.
Lighting
This was one of the best sunsets I have ever seen in Cabo due to the cloud cover. Clouds are not often found here. But the clouds overhead reflected the oranges and yellow from the sun as well as lending that dark ethereal look you sometimes see before a thunderstorm. It definitely added drama to the image.
Equipment
I was using a Canon 7D Mark II with an EF 70-200mm F2.8L lens. The exposure was 1/1000 sec at F/3.2 with a focal length of 70mm and an ISO of 400. The whale was quite close.
Inspiration
I was looking to catch photos of a whale breaching at sunset.
Editing
The light at this time of day caused a problem. I set my exposure for the whale but the sky was blown out. Shooting in raw I darkened the exposure in LR5 and then selectively brought the exposure of the whale back up. I wanted to make the photo look the way my eye remembered it and this did the trick. I also tweaked the saturation just a hair to add more of a surreal feel. Because the animal was so close the only adjustment needed in the crop department was a slight straightening of the horizon line.
In my camera bag
I always have my Canon EF 70-200mm 2.8 with me as well as my Canon EF 300mm 2.8 fixed. I do a lot of equine photography and these two lenses allow me to capture incredible closeups as well as the entire body of the horse and rider in a dressage arena. In this shot the 70mm proved invaluable. I would not have been able to get this with the 300mm.
Feedback
Someone once told me: "If you want to take amazing pictures, stand in front of something amazing." If you want to capture whales at sunset, I suggest you visit Cabo San Lucas and Cabo expeditions. Their boats and the men who captain them, know exactly where to put you in position to get a great shot. Without Captain Jose and Cabo Expeditions, I would not have gotten this shot. You need someone who knows photography, the ocean, whales, and how to drive a small boat on and around them. This is a very tough combo to find.

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