This was one of the several images that I captured when returning to Seward after a day out on the boat with a great crew and some like-minded visitors. We were coming back into Seward after a trip around the waterways and even ventured out to sea to see a bull Orca with mother and calf – when we came upon a playful humpback whale. I wrote some more about that whale here.
The sun was nice and high in the sky, allowing me to shoot at fast shutter speeds and keep my ISO relatively low as well. The water was a lovely blue colour to it from the sky and light and the whale made several attempts to fully dive before it finally headed down beneath the water’s surface. As you can see from the image above, I captured a lovely image of the water running off the tail fin of the whale before it finally finished its display for us and dived below the surface.
Camera: Canon 1D Mark IV
Lens: Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS
Handheld and shooting at f4
EXIF: ISO 400 f/4 1/4000 0ev 500mm