We were not very luck with the weather at many parts of our trip, but we were lucky to have seen whales at a few places on this trip to Alaska. Most of the times we saw the back of the whale just above the surface of the water and its blows, and the flip of its tail as it dive down to fish.
These one and the previous post of my whale image are taken at Point Adolphus. It was a 4 hour tour. We just started out from the dock for 20 minutes and it was our first sighting of this trip. We saw the back of couple whales in front of us. I was just getting my camera ready and suddenly one of the whale just leap up from the calm surface of the water, I was not even able to capture it since I was not expecting it and not prepared. We had the zoom lens mounted cause we only expected to see them from afar, this was was so close I nearly miss part of it with my zoom lens, no cropping here just some slide tilt to adjust the horizon.
Absolutely amazing Way! To be able to see this for real is a treat. We can even see the barnacles on the whale's flippers....this on the main image, but the detail in the LV is stunning. You chose the perfect settings to be able to freeze the moment.
amazing flagrant, it isn't every day we can see a whale jumping in the ocean.
I saw a whale once in capetown, but it was far and I was inside a car in movement. in brazil there are two points to watch them in santa catarina and bahia states.very nice view, even with so limitations you got a perfect result.
This is a fantastic image, it could be in a magazine. All the heavy weight lifted up in the air, I wonder how they can do this. The grey-blue skies work great in this image, it makes it even stronger "living in the deep cold ocean". Imagine the first explorers or the natives that saw this without knowing of its existence and all of the sudden a whale came up next to their kajak or ship - ha, sounds funny but it must have been a shock.
You were lucky that day, our first try was without any luck but most got seasick from the Diesel motor and the choppy sea :-)
You were fortunate to encounter a whale jumping "out of the blue." You took good advantage of your good fortune, too. It is a spectacular photo. We've been to a few whale watching trips but most we have seen have been backs of whales. This definitely goes into my choices bin.