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This is an image of a female humpback whale. She was traveling with a very curious calf which continuously attempted to sneak around her to approach and invest...
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This is an image of a female humpback whale. She was traveling with a very curious calf which continuously attempted to sneak around her to approach and investigate our boat. I hung over the side of the boat with my camera and used my hand to crate a small wake as we travelled to capture this unique shot.
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6 Comments |
stigfagerli PRO+
 
stigfagerli August 24, 2020
Kongrat with price fantastic foto
porcupine_bush PRO+
 
porcupine_bush March 06, 2023
I love your capture. And I love whales. Congratulations😄😍🐋
B-Framed
 
B-Framed March 08, 2023
Oh wow.
VRichardson
 
VRichardson March 14, 2023
Outstanding!!
annetteflottwell Platinum
 
annetteflottwell June 21, 2023
Wonderful. Something most of us never see
AlohaJen3 PRO+
 
AlohaJen3 August 06, 2023
I love this so much!!
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Behind The Lens

Location

Dominican Republic

Time

Mid afternoon

Lighting

It was very contrasty but for over under shots you require a lot of light to capture what's below the surface.

Equipment

Canon 5D Mark III, Aquatica underwater housing with 8" dome

Inspiration

Sharing a space with a 40 ton animal is the dream of a lifetime, definitely one of the most incredible things I have ever experienced.

Editing

I had to shoot based on the histogram so I was able to balance the low light underwater with the brightness above. In post I needed to balance them out a bit as well as white balance the underwater portion separately from the above portion as you start to lose color even in shallow depths.

In my camera bag

5D Mark IV Peak Design Travel Tripod 16 - 35 70 - 200 24 - 105 Aquatica Housing with duel Inon Z230 strobes

Feedback

A lot of things need to come together to capture an image like this. You need somewhat flat water, you need the subject to be the right distance away, you need enough light and low turbidity in the water, you also need a large enough dome port to split the image and a little bit of luck.

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