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14 Comments | Report
stuartwadeson Premium
 
stuartwadeson September 05, 2017
Brilliant capture and thanks for the following
pointboys
 
pointboys September 27, 2017
Amazing photo! The details are so clear! Beautiful!
richardsly Premium
 
richardsly September 28, 2017
awesome.
richardsly Premium
 
richardsly September 28, 2017
awesome.
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Byronfairphotography September 30, 2017
Great find and capture. / Voted
jolandarozema
 
jolandarozema October 04, 2017
Beautiful!
MikeSylvester
 
MikeSylvester October 30, 2017
This is awesome!! Thank You
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mlorenekimura November 02, 2017
Amazing photo! I have never seen one with such a jagged edge on his tail before. Where did you see him?
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sljmisskitty December 26, 2017
That is an Awesome capture! Lucky you
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sljmisskitty December 26, 2017
This is a winning shot. Nat Geo
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meganmcgillknight March 18, 2018
Cool
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WolfEyesPhotography May 14, 2018
Beautiful!!
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Eduardbetz August 28, 2018
Absolutely Beautiful. Love it.
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gailstelick September 05, 2018
Great shot!

Behind The Lens

Location
This shot was taken on a commercial whale watch tour that left port in Rye, New Hampshire. Although not a very large boat, it handled the water pretty well. But if you've ever tried to make photographs while on the water, you know it takes a little bit of thought, as the movement is constant. If the boat is moving you're cutting through the waves, and if it's idle, as when you're (hopefully) close to your subject, you're wallowing in and out of the troughs.
Time
Although we took the earlier of the tours, it was about 10:00 a.m. by the time we reached the Stellwagen Bank, which is a spot off the coast of New England that rises up closer to the surface of the water. That means that more sunlight reaches farther down into the water, and that more things grow there, drawing more marine life to the area.
Lighting
There's not too much to say about lighting. It was a bright day, and it seemed best to keep the exposure metered to the entire area, as I never knew which direction I'd need to focus on at any point in time.
Equipment
This was taken with a Nikon D7200, using an 18-200 lens, with a polarizing filter.
Inspiration
Well, the whole point of the trip, for me, was to try to get a couple of interesting whale photos! It was a great day for seeing wildlife, as we spied over a dozen whales, including this Humpback, and several Minkes. We also saw a large school of Atlantic Dolphins, and a huge Sunfish. The dolphins were very difficult to predict, however, and the Sunfish, although interesting to see, was pretty uninspiring to photograph, as it just lay there spread out at the surface.
Editing
Aside from some tweaking of levels, there was one relatively easy fix to this photo. In the original, there is a second whale off to the right of this massive tale. Although it was nice, and interesting, to see more than one animal, it was distracting in the photo, so I removed it.
In my camera bag
I tend to lean on a single camera, with a zoom lens. At the time it was the D7200 and 12-200 combo. I've since gone to full frame, and am using a D750. I'm not a huge fan of filters and effects, but a UV filter for protection is always on the lens, and a polarizing filter is essential at times.
Feedback
My best advice for making photographs, always, is don't be afraid to fire the shutter. It's digital, and almost free to fire the shutter. When you get to processing them later, you save what you like, and delete the rest!

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