Monthly Archives: September 2012

A spouting humpback whale in the Gerlache Strait, Antarctica

Posted by on September 30, 2012

A spouting humpback whale in the Gerlache Strait, Antarctica

A spouting humpback whale in the Gerlache Strait, Antarctica

I had never taken a good photo of a whale.

All of the whales I’d seen during my travels have been at a distance and then I’d only see a bit of a tail or a fin.

During my trip to Antarctica in 2012 I had hoped to end my whale drought. We had gone to the Falklands, South Georgia and the Antarctica Peninsula and I still didn’t see a thing. We were on our way back to Ushuaia, Argentina with about an hour left in Antarctica when my whale losing streak ended with a vengeance.

We had a humpback literally going back and forth under our ship. For 30 minutes the whale put on a show for everyone on board. I was able to take photos literally pointing down on the whale. I was close enough that when he blew air out of his blowhole, I got wet.

It was a brief but incredible experience and one that I’ll likely never repeat. At least it happened once and I got the images to prove it!

Date Taken: 2012-01-27 19:30:45
Exposure Time: 0.008s (1/125)
Aperture: f/7.1
ISO: 400
Focal Length: 28mm (42mm in 35mm)

This Week In Travel – Episode 124

Posted by on September 28, 2012

My co-host Chris Christensen attended TBEX Europe in Girona, Spain recently and were asked to step in and do a live version of the show as one of the keynote sessions. Our guests included:

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September 2012 Questions and Answers

Posted by on September 23, 2012

This is by far my biggest Q&A column ever. I had a over 30 questions asked this month. If you would like to ask a question for next months Q&A, just follow me on my Facebook page and pay attention to when I put out my next request for questions.

Without any further ado, here are my answers to your questions

Matt Vattes asks: Which places that you’ve traveled to have been nearly identical to your pre-conceived mental picture and which places were totally radical from what you had in mind?