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Commencing the breach



A humpback whale commencing a breach

A humpback whale commencing a breach
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39 Comments | Report
Maadhatter PRO+
 
Maadhatter March 20, 2020
Incredible capture!! Well done.
JohnSmall PRO+
 
JohnSmall March 20, 2020
Thank you very much Maadhatter, much appreciated
JohnSmall PRO+
 
JohnSmall April 21, 2020
Thank you SmallTownKatt
JohnSmall PRO+
 
JohnSmall June 24, 2020
Thank you mlorenekimura, much appreciated
NatureCoast Ultimate
 
NatureCoast August 22, 2020
Congratulations on your award and thank you for entering Summer 2020 award challenge. Good luck! Kathy
ronjudyluv2travel PRO+
 
ronjudyluv2travel March 29, 2021
Beautiful capture!
JohnSmall PRO+
 
JohnSmall March 30, 2021
Thank you ronjudyluv2travel, much appreciated. Notice you live in Lakewood, Colorado. We stayed there with friends when we visited the States for a white Xmas. Regards John
Free-Spirit PRO+
 
Free-Spirit September 15, 2021
Conhratulations for your award!!
kurtsnyder Ultimate
 
kurtsnyder September 15, 2021
That's an amazing image John! He detail is extraordinary! Congratulations on winning the
Half of somethings challenge! Kurt
JohnSmall PRO+
 
JohnSmall September 15, 2021
Thank you Free-Spirit, much appreciated
JohnSmall PRO+
 
JohnSmall September 15, 2021
Thank you so much kurtsnyder, much appreciated
Lesabre1954 Platinum
 
Lesabre1954 September 15, 2021
Wow! Perfect shot!
JohnSmall PRO+
 
JohnSmall September 15, 2021
Thank you Lesabre1953, much appreciated
blueseajay
 
blueseajay September 16, 2021
Fantastic photo! Congratulations on your win.
JohnSmall PRO+
 
JohnSmall September 16, 2021
Thank you blueseajay, much appreciated
steppeland PRO
 
steppeland September 19, 2021
Fabulous capture, breathtaking!
JohnSmall PRO+
 
JohnSmall September 19, 2021
Thank you very much steppeland, much appreciated
lizziemellis PRO+
 
lizziemellis October 02, 2021
Excellent stop Action shot the detail is magnificent 😊
kclofty
 
kclofty Feb 20
A Favorite in my "You are all Amazing" challenge. This is amazing!
JohnSmall PRO+
 
JohnSmall Feb 21
Thank you kclofty
VLJ_PHOTOGRAPHY Platinum
 
Stunning capture
JohnSmall PRO+
 
JohnSmall May 09
Thank you Lee
HuaweiP30Lite
 
HuaweiP30Lite May 20
Now, it's time to watch yet another classic called Moby Dick, starring Gregory Peck!
ClaritaBethCanlasMiller PRO+
 
amazing shot
JohnSmall PRO+
 
JohnSmall Jul 01
Thank you ClaritaBethCanlasMiller
burdonfamily Platinum
 
burdonfamily Jul 02
Great shot!
JohnSmall PRO+
 
JohnSmall Jul 02
Thank you burdonfamily
ivatrocke PRO+
 
ivatrocke Aug 07
Congratulations on winning the People's Choice award with this beautiful image, John!
JohnSmall PRO+
 
JohnSmall Aug 08
Thank you ivatrocke
kurtsnyder Ultimate
 
kurtsnyder Aug 09
Congratulations John - great image!! A winner for sure in the Personal favorite challenge! Well done. Kurt
JohnSmall PRO+
 
JohnSmall Aug 09
Thank you so much Kurt
Steelshooter90
 
Nice shot!
Sandypartlow4 PRO+
 
Sandypartlow4 Nov 19
Congratulations
JohnSmall PRO+
 
JohnSmall Nov 19
Thank you Steelshooter 90 and Sandypartlow4, much appreciated.
photobeat
 
photobeat Nov 19
what a shot
JohnSmall PRO+
 
JohnSmall Nov 20
Thank you photobeat
Rmay1 PRO+
 
Rmay1 Nov 20
Congratulations on runner up in contest. Beautiful shot.
JohnSmall PRO+
 
JohnSmall Nov 20
Thank you Rmay1
eddysmets Platinum
 
eddysmets 8:04 am
Verry nice capture, I like it
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Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken whilst on a whale watching trip at Merimbula which is on the New South Wales south coast.
Time
There was two trips on this particular day morning and afternoon and judging from the light on the whale I am sure this shot was taken whilst on the morning trip so around mid morning
Lighting
On a whale watching trip you cannot do anything about the lighting, I was just lucky on this day whilst a little overcast there was still good lighting.
Equipment
This shot was taken on a Canon 80D camera with a Canon 70-300 f4-5.6 L IS USM lens. It was taken at 1/2000 sec, f7.1 at 176mm and ISO400. No other equipment was used.
Inspiration
I had been on a whale watching trip the year before and whilst whales were spotted there was no breaching which I was hoping for so I backed up again the following year and so lucky I did as this whale breached a number of times and so close to the boat. It was such a joy to watch these magnificent creatures in action. At one stage I put the camera down just to watch and enjoy nature at its best. The camera was not down for too long though.
Editing
This image has had a auto balance and auto sharpen in ACDC.
In my camera bag
I normally carry two Canon camera bodies an 80D and 90D together with two telephoto Canon lenses a 100-400mm 1:4.5-5.6 L IS USM and 15-85mm 1:3.5-5.6 IS USM as well as a macro 100mm 1:2.8 L IS USM. I also carry a canon flash and tripod on short hikes
Feedback
Whales do not perform on cue so be patient. Keep the camera up and ready as the action can happen at any time without notice. I would have the camera ISO set to auto with a high speed on burst as you do not have time to do camera settings if you are lucky enough to have breaching whales around you. It is also a good idea to have a camera cover on to prevent any sea spray getting on your equipment.

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