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Close whale encounter

Close whale encounter
Taken by
Jorgen Rasmussen
Date taken
Sept. 9, 2011
Description
Each year, humpback whales travel thousands of kilometres from their feeding grounds in Antarctic waters to Tonga where they give birth and mate. We saw this female humpback close to a small island. We glided quitely in the water. To my surprise, she surfaced approx. 10 meters in front of me and gently swam straight at me. There was not much I could do except staying calm. Whales has an incredible sense of space. I trust them fully. She turned when she was just a few meters away from me and we looked each other straight into the eyes. I was not quite sure who was checking out who. Using my wide angle lens and shooting from the front, I was able to fit the whole whale in this closeup shot. This photo is one of my favourites as it tells the full story - the close encounter with the whale, the incredible details, the sunrays through the water as a lightshow, the deep blue water and a hint of the reef in the background. A truly amazing experience.
Camera make
Nikon
Camera model
D3s
Housing manufacturer
Seacam
Lighting
None
Accessories
Shutter speed
1/200
Aperture
F7.1
ISO
200
Location