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Contest Finalist in Celebrating Nature Photo Contest Vol 4
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Contest Finalist in Covers Photo Contest Vol 44
Contest Finalist in Monthly Pro Vol 37 Photo Contest
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Wildlife And Water Photo ContestTop 10 class
Wildlife Photo Contest 2018Top 10 class
Wildlife Photo Contest 2018Top 10 class week 1
Anything Water Photo ContestTop 10 class
Anything Water Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
Big Mammals Photo ContestTop 10 class
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Everything Nature Photo ContestTop 10 class
Everything Nature Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
My Best Shot Photo Contest Vol 4Top 10 class
My Best Shot Photo Contest Vol 4Top 10 class week 1
Zen Photo ContestTop 10 class
Covers Photo Contest Vol 44Top 10 class
Covers Photo Contest Vol 44Top 10 class week 1
Zen Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
Monthly Pro Vol 38 Photo ContestTop 10 class
Monthly Pro Vol 38 Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
Compositions 101 Photo Contest vol4Top 10 class
Compositions 101 Photo Contest vol4Top 10 class week 3
Our Natural Planet Photo ContestTop 10 class
Our Natural Planet Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
Compositions 101 Photo Contest vol4Top 10 class week 2
ViewBug Photography AwardsTop 10 class
Monthly Pro Vol 37 Photo ContestTop 20 class
Covers Photo Contest Vol 43Top 10 class
ViewBug Photography AwardsTop 10 class week 1
Covers Photo Contest Vol 43Top 10 class week 1
Compositions 101 Photo Contest vol4Top 10 class week 1

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Jonnoclavo
 
Jonnoclavo December 12, 2017
What a moment to capture ! Beautiful image of brilliant creatures
SamuelJBogle
 
SamuelJBogle January 10, 2018
Great shot!!!
yvonnechristinebannister PRO
 
yvonnechristinebannister January 11, 2018
Wow what a spectacular shot, was it a lucky shot or did you have to patiently wait for it? Well done.
jcollis01 PRO+
 
jcollis01 January 11, 2018
Great shot of these two. Do you happen to know which resident whale/pod this orca is from?
PNWnative
 
PNWnative February 06, 2018
@jcoolis01 - this is A61 (Surge) from the A25 pod.
texaaronpueschel PRO
 
texaaronpueschel February 19, 2018
Rare and spectacular.
kiwidragonfly PRO
 
kiwidragonfly March 02, 2018
WOW! Just . . . . WOW!
CoastalRealm
 
CoastalRealm March 07, 2018
Beautiful photo! I saw it on instagram and loved it. family and enemies.
PNWnative
PNWnative March 07, 2018
Thanks, watching the Northern Resident clans interacting with the dolphins is hilarious to watch.
WolfEyesPhotography PRO+
 
WolfEyesPhotography April 25, 2018
Amazing capture!
Flokiteashusky PRO+
 
Flokiteashusky April 27, 2018
Amazing photo

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Behind The Lens

Location
Johnstone Strait, BC located near the northern end of Vancouver Island.
Time
Mid-morning.
Lighting
Lighting provided by nature.
Equipment
Nikon D4 with the Sigma 150-600mm Sport lens and a monopod
Inspiration
I’ve spent quite a few years studying and photographing orcas in the Pacific Northwest, learning behaviors and getting to know the various pods and animals. The Northern Resident Orca pods are fish eaters, with salmon being their food of choice. Because orcas food share among the family unit, they will often carry their catch in their mouth, which make them targets for the dolphins looking for a free meal. It’s not uncommon to see the dolphins chasing after the Northern Residents, while the Residents do their best to avoid the dolphins. It’s amazing to watch this dynamic play out, especially knowing that the orcas could fight off the dolphins if they wanted to do so.
Editing
I typically use a combination of Lightroom, Photoshop, and MacPhun’s suite of software in my workflow.
In my camera bag
My go to equipment are my Nikon D4 with the Nikon D500 as my backup camera. My primary go to lens is my Sigma 50-500mm lens which is my workhorse lens, as well as the Sigma 150-600mm Sport and a Nikon 16-80mm and 28-300 lens for landscape work.
Feedback
I tend to shoot in manual mode so I can control shutter speed and aperture, and use the auto ISO setting to be able to be able to quickly adjust from bright, high-contrast to dark, low light conditions.

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