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A close encounter with a Humpback Whale at Aukes Bay in Alaska. This is close to Juneau and the image was taken while hanging of the bow of a small boat which was bobbing up and down a bit. This one was heading staight for the boat and was just about to 'flip' it's tail fin before going down on a deep dive to capture Krill. It's difficult to show the size as there was nothing else close to give some scale. I would say this particular what had a fin span of about 8 to 10 metres. Beautiful and graceful animals Smile

Thanks to everyone who voted and commented on yesterday's upload of Denali Park autumn.

Regards, Brian

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 5D MkII
Lens:EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:21 Aug 2012 - 8:12 PM
Focal Length:400mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.7
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/1000sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Spot
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:'Dive, Dive, Dive!'
Username:briantjjones briantjjones
Uploaded:19 Jan 2014 - 1:14 PM
Tags:Alaska, Humpback whale, Wildlife / nature
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Votes:51
Voters:ikett · ColleenA · ChristineD · CaroleS · tractor · senn · JimiLewis · digital_boi · CharlieW7 · NaturesHaven · sparrowhawk · Rende · mex · Trekmaster01 · Fefe · Philip_H · 365Photography · NDODS · RobertTurley · RonnieAG · Rapido57 · Alda · alligatorpants · Sylviwhalley · mistere · JawDborn · Lelah · lenocm · WeeGeordieLass · Cookie_Monster · Lillian · Maiwand · Paintman · JN_CHATELAIN_PHOTOGRAPHY · MandyD · Petr · williamsloan · mommablue · gwynn56 · SimonFletch · phillG · nonur · lynks · georgiepoolie · CarolG · Kurt42 · johnlw · pamelajean · jasonrwl · CHRISB911 · Armakk ·
Views:138
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ColleenA
ColleenA Plus Member 2254 forum postsColleenA vcard Australia3 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jan 2014 - 1:25 PM

A stunning image Brian... Perfectly timed....Grin

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digital_boi
19 Jan 2014 - 1:49 PM

close indeed but what a superb image

Graham

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sparrowhawk
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19 Jan 2014 - 2:27 PM

amazing sight i'd love to experience ! stunning shot

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Rende
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19 Jan 2014 - 2:46 PM

A classic shot, beautifully taken.
Rende

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19 Jan 2014 - 3:16 PM

Wow!
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Philip_H
Philip_H  3 United Kingdom
19 Jan 2014 - 3:24 PM

Super image/sight.

P.

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NDODS Plus Member 43884 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom108 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jan 2014 - 3:47 PM

Viewing such a sight is breathtaking, capturing it is something else. A wonderful image Brian.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG Plus Member 5147 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland114 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jan 2014 - 4:22 PM

I get the feeling the main body was right underneath your boat: somewhat unsettling but you managed to hold the camera real steady for this wonderful capture.
R.

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19 Jan 2014 - 5:12 PM

Wow, superb image, well done indeed.

Dave.

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Lelah
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19 Jan 2014 - 5:23 PM

I would have been frightened to death having it so close to the boat but you held your nerve and took a fabulous shot

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19 Jan 2014 - 5:55 PM

Top shot Brian
Elaine Grin

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19 Jan 2014 - 5:57 PM

Brian, once seen never forgotten, perfectly timed

Di

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Lillian
Lillian Plus Member 5Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jan 2014 - 6:19 PM

That Brian could not be improved upon for timing
or quality...brilliant image
Lillian

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Maiwand Plus Member 8Maiwand vcard England70 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jan 2014 - 6:36 PM

My dream shot. !!! Stunning Brian.GrinGrinGrin
Ron

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19 Jan 2014 - 7:10 PM

a superbly taken shot,well done.


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SimonFletch
SimonFletch Plus Member 1SimonFletch vcard Scotland2 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jan 2014 - 4:12 AM

With a 10 metre tail, the body must be larger than can be imagined.
A terrific experience for you and I imagine that adrenaline was coursing through your veins...
... even if for hanging on to that wee boat..!
Classic shot, beautifully taken,

Simon

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nonur Plus Member 6nonur vcard Turkey9 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jan 2014 - 8:37 AM

An amazing classic, what a huge animal! As Simon says, a great sensation on your part.

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CarolG
CarolG Plus Member 8178 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jan 2014 - 8:27 AM

Perfect timing, Brian, a superb capture. Carol

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jasonrwl
jasonrwl Plus Member 5478 forum postsjasonrwl vcard United Kingdom8 Constructive Critique Points
10 Apr 2014 - 8:34 AM

Just a fluke if you ask me WinkWink

Seriously, great shot
Jason

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