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Hump Back of Half Moon Bay

Hump Back of Half Moon Bay
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Copyright: Adam Hays (Adam73) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 208 W: 5 N: 522] (2253)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-09-14
Categories: Mammals
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/1000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Loot's Favourites 1, TN Classics, Joe's Favourites 3, Fauna of ANTARCTICA and Oceans [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-10-24 9:41
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 48
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Hump Back Whale:

A friend of mine called me asking if I wanted to get out on the water and look for whales. My wife and I were pretty lazy that day but decided we needed to get out of the house. We decided to go. I was so happy we did. We found a couple pods that day. Sometimes if your lucky one will breach. If your very lucky the whale may breach a 2nd time. This whale ended up breaching about 7 times and the first time our jaws were just dropped and fascinated. The 2nd time we are grabbing our camera's and shooting away. We all got a shots of the Whale breaching. After about 45 minutes of waiting we decided to move on. My friend put the boat forward and we are going about 25mph and the whale popped up right in front of the boat about 20 feet. He slams the boat in reverse causing everyone to jolt forward and his wife was on the front of the boat and almost falls off the boat. While she is leaning over the bow holding on so to not fall off she is looking straight down at the whale. It was an amazing day that I will never forget.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-10-24 9:47]

Hi Adam,
This is beautiful! Very good timing too. TFS
Best wishes,

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-10-24 10:01]

I watched the whales once and it is the strongest experience of watching animals I ever lived. I imagine witnessing what you did and it must have been amazing. The picture is amazing, it is perfect and vry impressive. WOW! Thank you for sharing that day with us and the post is beautiful, fantastic, skilful and a joy to contemplate. Thank you!


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  • pirate Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
  • [2008-10-24 10:13]

Amazing indeed
good job

Hi Adam,

This must be an AMAZING experience
Excellent capture
great timing
beautiful sharpness and details

TFS Thijs

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-10-24 12:26]

Hello Adam,
Fascinating and impressive photo in splendid blue colours. What a scene. I think your heart was beating very fast.
The sharpness and details are excellent. The BG perfect.
Have a great weekend,


I'd submit this shot to National Geographic. I don't think further comments are required. :)

Best Regards,


A lovely and sharply delineated capture of a breaching whale Adam, thank you indeed for sharing this fabulous instance in nature with us my friend.

I can understand that you will never forget that day! What an impressive moment you lived! This is a wonderful capture, something not easy to do. You photographed this gentle giant with great sharpness and exposure. Congratulations!

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2008-10-24 15:10]

Hi Adam,
I think this is my first visit to your gallery and from your intro and the shots here, once can see you are really enjoying shooting these wonderful lives around us.
Wonderful capture with superb timing.This must have been quite a moment to watch .....awesome in its reality and you have captured the scene in its essence.Superb PoV and action moment.
Thanks a lot for sharing

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-10-24 16:42]

Hola Adam.
Wow. Beautiful photo my friend. Great moment, I wish to see those big black whales in a real life. Great work Adam, and TFS.

Hi Adam,
I'm glad to see you back and with such a spectacular photo!! Getting such a shapr photo from a boat is no easy trick. Well done!! The pose you captured is just wonderful! To think that I spent most of my life living not far from HMB and I never saw such a sight!

Evelynn : )

Wow! Had I the ability to go back in time. I did at a tie of my life have the opportunity but not the ambitions...sad tale but I am happy you're here to do it! Ver y nice and a classic for sure!

Hello Adam

Wow,this is a great capture,excellent timing to snag this.
This is a classic pose and very dramatic.
Excellent POV.
Lovely colours and lighting.


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  • inked Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 132 W: 0 N: 249] (771)
  • [2008-10-24 22:42]

hi Adam,
stunning shot, and fantastic notes to go with it. what an experience! very jealous. great work, tfs

stunning shot. perfect in all sens: colors composition subject timing...
Can't be better.

Hi Adam, this image is totally awesome!
I can't believe your luck, seeing whales so close up.
But it took your incredible skills and quick reflexes to capture this breaching behemoth with such sharp details and in such a wonderful pose. This is the kind of picture we all dream of taking.
Congratulations !!!
Was Eric with you on this trip?
TFS this incredible sight and experience. : )

Hi Adam!
What a perfect timig and great capture in one! Lovely composition with amazing light and details. You were really lucky, first - to see such situation, secondly - to take a picture of it.
Bravo and TFS!
Greetings from Poland,

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-10-25 14:16]

This is an amazing shot, Adam!
The timing and reactions needed to take this are incredible!
Very sharp.
Excellent composition.
Superb light.
Straight into my favs!

Very well done,

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2008-10-25 15:16]

hI Adam
Very nice image.
Regards Jiri.

Hi Adam,
Long time no see. The first time I saw this photo I did not have enough time to critique it, so I made a note for myself to return to it. The photo is a stunner. The high arched jump is awesome. I love the perfect details on the whale and the wonderfully hazed and blurred BG. It really seperated the whale from the land. The brown shells on the chin of the whale break the blue grey tone wonderfully.

P.S. You are lucky to have such a great friend.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2008-10-28 9:20]

Hi Adam

I'm glad to see that you've been doing a number of postings again recently.
Sounds like you guys really had an exciting and well rewarded day on the boat.
You have captured an amazing animal which few of us ever have the opportunity to do.
Excellent sharpness and spot-on exposure definitively gave the shot a visual plus.
I really like this one, great stuff.
Btw, I normally do not fancy a thick frame around a photo, but this one sure worked well.

Very well done and TFS.

Awesome shot! A wonderful capture of an amazing scene! You have handled everything about the photo extremely well, and all in the exceitement of the moment.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-11-06 7:57]

Hello Adam! That's a fantastic shot! Great timing and 'nailed' perfectly. Great details, great exposure, a very fine image.


amazing capture, TFS Ori

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