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Levitating Humpback Whale



This juvenile humpback whale breached 30 times near Laguna Beach on a whale watching trip with Dana Wharf, So Calif. on Nov 29, 2014. What is rare is this whale...
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This juvenile humpback whale breached 30 times near Laguna Beach on a whale watching trip with Dana Wharf, So Calif. on Nov 29, 2014. What is rare is this whale is completely out of the water and parallel to the surface!
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mlorenekimura PRO+
 
mlorenekimura February 13, 2015
They are incredible animals , I have seen them in Maui when they are teaching their young and I never get tired of them.
CCMitroff
CCMitroff February 13, 2015
It was an incredible moment. Our Capt Tom White had never seen this in his 31 yr history.
CCMitroff
 
CCMitroff February 13, 2015
Join the conversation. Add a comment or even better, a critique.
alanlarick
 
alanlarick February 14, 2015
Right place right time is only half the battle; to actually capture the moment as you have here is the payoff!! Great start and welcome to viewbug :)
CCMitroff
CCMitroff February 23, 2015
Thank you!
JKMahon
 
JKMahon February 14, 2015
Amazing capture!
CCMitroff
CCMitroff February 23, 2015
Thank you!
HDRotary PRO+
 
HDRotary February 15, 2015
Awesome capture! That is right where we went whale watching; twice one time nothing the other time magnificent.
CCMitroff
CCMitroff February 23, 2015
Thank you! Lots of action this year.
njkerosky PRO+
 
njkerosky February 16, 2015
Sweet!!!...Looks like it's flying along the water! Wow!
CCMitroff
CCMitroff February 23, 2015
Thank you!
KatieMcKinneyPhotography
 
KatieMcKinneyPhotography February 20, 2015
WOW amazing!
CCMitroff
CCMitroff February 23, 2015
Thank you!
Blazej PRO+
 
Blazej February 22, 2015
Very nice shot
CCMitroff
CCMitroff February 23, 2015
Thank you!
njkerosky PRO+
 
njkerosky March 15, 2015
Congratulations!!! Your photo is a Finalist in the "Nature's Perfect Moment" Challenge. Fantastic Work!!!
CCMitroff
CCMitroff April 01, 2015
Thank you!
kellycoventry
 
kellycoventry June 15, 2015
What a magnificent shot! Congratulations!
CCMitroff
CCMitroff June 15, 2015
Thank you!
rosannaeve
 
rosannaeve June 21, 2015
amazing capture!
CCMitroff
CCMitroff July 03, 2015
Thanks so much!
Mysnap
 
Mysnap July 05, 2015
A once in a lifetime shot. Congratulations!
CCMitroff
CCMitroff July 31, 2015
Thank you!
michellehansenburgess
 
michellehansenburgess August 31, 2015
What an Incredible capture! I only wish that I had been there to experience this!
CCMitroff
CCMitroff September 06, 2015
Thank you! It was one of my favorite moments on the ocean!
JDLifeshots
 
JDLifeshots September 12, 2015
Amazing capture! Congrats.
CCMitroff
CCMitroff September 18, 2015
Thank you!
Shilah
 
Shilah February 08, 2016
stunning!
CCMitroff
CCMitroff March 18, 2016
Thank you!
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dknden6567 July 06, 2016
Join the conversation. Add a comment or even better, a critique. Let's get better together!
dknden6567
 
dknden6567 July 06, 2016
Awesome!
ashwinikadagodu PRO+
 
ashwinikadagodu May 31, 2017
Amazing

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Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken off the coast of Laguna Beach, CA with Dana Wharf Whale Watching. I'm a certified marine naturalist with the American Cetacean Society-Orange County and concentrate photographing marine mammals, mostly whales and dolphins.
Time
This is my all time favorite cetacean image. Taken Nov. 29, 2014 at 10:40 am on the Dana Pride boat with Dana Wharf Whale Watching in Dana Point, CA.
Lighting
This is one of those images where you are in the right place at the right time and the planets just all lined up. The whale breached on our starboard side with the beautiful So. Cal coastline in the background with the sunlight behind us. I was standing in the perfect spot on the boat, camera ready to shoot.
Equipment
This was taken handheld with my Canon EOS 7d and Canon EF100-400mm f4.5-5.6L IS USM lens. Shot at ISO400 at 100mm, f7.1, 1/2000. No other equipment involved.
Inspiration
Our boat left Dana Point Harbor at 10am in search of 2 different killer whale pods that had been recently sighted along the coast. An unexpected surprise, this juvenile humpback whale breached out of the water 100mm from our boat! Not just once, but 30 times. This first breach the whale is completely out of the water where you can see it's entire body, head to tail, a very rare sight. Our Capt. Tom White had never witnessed in his 31 year history. As soon as captured the shot, I knew it would be incredible.
Editing
Nothing. The weather was magnificent and the colors of the ocean outstanding. What you see in this image is how it truly was that day.
In my camera bag
I travel light as I have to carry a backpack on the boat with minimal equipment. Along with my Guide book to Marine Mammals and Nikon binoculars, my camera gear is a Canon EOS 7d, Canon EF100-400mm f4.5-5.6L IS USM which I use 99% of the time. I also have the Canon EFS 18-135mm 3.5-5.6IS.
Feedback
Photographing marine mammals takes a lot of practice, What really helps me the most is learning their various behaviors to anticipate where/when they will surface. Dana Wharf Whale Watching boat Captains are great at positioning the boat so we are not shooting into the sun whenever possible. You must have your camera ready at all times as the animals can pop up out of nowhere without warning. Then once they've surfaced and go down on a deep dive, you need patience for them to resurface.

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