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davidparkhurst April 27, 2018
Very good shot
 
lenasteampunkhaglund December 07, 2018
Nice shot indeed

The Big Splash



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Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken on a vacation to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. We couldn’t have picked a better day to go Whale watching; these beautiful creatures were putting on the most spectacular show for us.
Time
This photo was taken at around 3pm so it wasn’t during the hours of the unbearable midday heat. I had recently upgraded my camera but as funds were low had to use my old lens in manual mode.
Lighting
As it was early afternoon the sun was starting to fall, so added some great lighting and shadows to the whale and the water spray.
Equipment
Taken on my Sony SLT-A77 with the Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 DG APO. Handheld, in manual mode that’s it nothing else!
Inspiration
I love nature, animals, wildlife and travelling and always try to combine as many as possible; luckily for me my wife does too and is usually quite happy to come along. Out of the hundreds of photographs I took it was a job picking the best of the bunch. This was one of my favourites.
Editing
Some slight tweaking in contrast and brightness, but that’s it nothing more...
In my camera bag
Before I make any journey I always plan what I’m going to need; Sometime travelling light if I’m going to be hiking or fully kitted out if there’s just a short walk. As I knew I was going to on the water and not fully knowing the conditions or unexpected behaviours of Whales I took the bare essentials with me: Sony A77V, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 DG APO, Spare battery and Polarizer filter.
Feedback
The only advise I can give is always be ready; Have the camera ready, and the settings dialled in as you never know when or where these beasts are coming up. We went with a small group, so people didn’t get in the way of the shot.

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