Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Humpback Whale breaching
The magnificent Humpback whale is a favorite animal for whale watching tours and is renowned for its impressive leaping displays and for the mysterious 'singing' of solitary males. The robust body is blue-black in color, with pale or white undersides. The flippers may also be white and are the largest appendage of any animal; reaching up to fifteen feet in length. The Humpback whale can reach almost 40 feet in length and weigh over 30+ tons.
I was in Maui last year in February, on a photo shoot. Every year, many Humpback whales from the western United States migrated to Hawaiian waters to mate and give birth. Went out on a zodiac twice a day to catch the action and on this outing, came across a Humpback calf breaching repeatedly for me. You can clearly see the little guy's eyeball in this photo. Although the calves are playful, catching them on a full breach like in this angle, is a real treat for me even though I have photographed hundreds of breaches before.
I used the Canon 1D MK IV camera with the 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS lens to capture this image. This camera and lens combo is great for zodiac whale photography, especially breaching Humpbacks. Click on the Equipment and Gear section on my website to see this combo. The zodiac can zip in and out quickly to follow the action and the zoom lens allows infinite focal length to capture the shots. Visit my website to see more whale and wildlife photos from my past shoots, read about wildlife photography articles and photographic tips and take a look at the videos and slide shows from around the world.