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Katnott January 17, 2018
Wow what an amazing capture and experience I'm sure! well done ... LOve it!
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sigmundkatz January 17, 2018
It's a magnificent image , my dream to be underwater in the presence of this gentle giants
 
megilchrist January 17, 2018
Awesome photo...I love it.
 
vdaywilson January 24, 2018
Love this! Beautiful :)
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Woombaway February 01, 2018
Totally amazing.
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Limeblu February 02, 2018
fantastic, great capture
 
NovaPhotography February 03, 2018
Amazing
 
chastityriddlefox February 04, 2018
Amazing!!
 
glenedwardlachance March 05, 2018
What an amazing experience!! I am sure you had a ball taking this one. Love it! Jealous!!
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catherinethompson March 25, 2018
Fabulous capture. Love it.
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WolfEyesPhotography April 25, 2018
Absolutely spectacular!!!
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jodyschach May 15, 2018
Great shot!
 
BabZz November 10, 2018
Absolutely fantastic shot family woooow woooow woooow
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wildpainter November 10, 2018
Just stunning!
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janvanpoortvliet November 11, 2018
Absolutely amazing! My heart missed a beat, what a beauty.
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judykarendal November 11, 2018
Congratulations! Awesome photo!
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hiyahercfarm November 18, 2018
Amazing capture! I absolutely love it! Thanks for sharing it.
 
jeverets Mar 18
Wow, this a dream photo op for me.
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Michael4 Mar 29
Amazing!!!!

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Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken in the crystal clear tropical water of Vavau Tonga on a week long trip that was organised by ocean videographer Jon Shaw.
Time
This photo was taken about mid morning and was the first dive of the trip. We had seen plenty of whales around but we were struggling to find any to stop and have a swim with.
Lighting
It was a super nice even light. The clarity of the water also helped disperse the light evenly over the whales making the appear super contrasted in the super blue water.
Equipment
The camera I was using was my trusty canon 5dmarkiii. I have loved this camera since I got it and love the sharp images it constantly produces. To accompany the 5d body I was using a canon 16-35mm f2.8 L series ii lens which I had to buy for the trip as I needed something super wide to accomodate for the size of these magnificent creatures. This was all then put inside an aquatech 5d elite underwater housing with an 8inch dome on the front.
Inspiration
I have always had a love for the ocean and been lucky enough to have swam with a number of the worlds large animals but one day I saw a short clip on YouTube it was a GoPro hero video call Whale Fantasia. It was a 6min short clip and it had theses 3 women diving with the whales and I was just thinking the whole time man I have to go swim with these gigantic animals. A year later I made that dream come true and will hopefully be back there this year. (Fingers crossed)
Editing
Yes I used both Lightroom and photoshop. In Lightroom I did some contrast, light and colour correction. And I’m photoshop I used the spot removal tool as I find it better than Lightroom just to remove some big ugly particles from the water.
In my camera bag
In my bag I will have. Canon 5d markiii Canon 24-70Lii f2.8 Canon 16-35Lii f2.8 Canon 100mm L series macro Sigma 150-600 f5.6-6.3 Canon 600 flash Nisi Filter kit Manfrotto tripod Spare batteries
Feedback
If you have the passion for something make it happen! You will look back one day and regret the chances you didn’t take to go and do these amazing things. I understand it’s difficult as well as some of these big adventures and trips like the whales are quite costly but instead of a one year plan make it a 2,3 or 4 year plan. Just keep that passion alive for discovery and adventure and you will achieve what you set out for

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