A spouting humpback whale in the Gerlache Strait, Antarctica

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
Camera: NIKON CORPORATION NIKON D300S
Exposure Time: 0.008s (1/125)
Aperture: f/7.1
ISO: 400
Focal Length: 28mm (42mm in 35mm)

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