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Whale tail by Tage Christiansen

September 2020 - Whale tail

September 2020 - Tage Christiansen


About the Image(s)

Title “Whale tail”

Technique 1/1000, sec. f / 8.0, iso 200, 100 mm. Olympus OM D EM1 mark III, 12-100 mm.

Picture taken outside the West Greenlandic town of Ilulissat on a holiday trip in 2019. We sailed out on Ilulissat Icefjord, to see whales, it is not always you get to see them, but we were lucky to see three humpback whales, of which they two whales slept so there was almost no activity, then luckily there was more life in the 3rd whale, who dived and came up again, in the background is a large iceberg .

9 comments posted

Dhananjay Rao   Dhananjay Rao
Hi TC, wonderful image. I am yet to see a whale in real life, but while reading the narrative and seeing this image it gives me sense of imagination of how it must have felt...
The only piece I would like explore is availability of a wider frame (including the mountain.   Posted: 09/13/2020 15:11:43
Dhananjay Rao   Dhananjay Rao
Seems couple of lines did not go through.

Love the contrast, but wanted to check if you used any filters - maybe a circular polarizer would have cut those harsh highlights. Irrespective of that, the image is beautiful.   Posted: 09/15/2020 20:53:23
Tage Christiansen   Tage Christiansen
Thank you very much for your comment, I have unfortunately not used the polarizer, although I have one, so I could have prepared myself by putting it on, it could probably have made the picture better.   Posted: 09/18/2020 09:55:20

Gary Schafer   Gary Schafer
Good Morning Tage,

I envy you! It looks like you had a wonderful time. I have been fortunate to see whales in Alaska but only from a distance. I saw one once while fishing in Florida. I think it was a humpback but not sure. You caught the scene very nicely. My impression is that I like the shot. It makes me want to be there.

I only have a couple of comments. Overall the shot seems over exposed. The water and the background is harsh and borderline blow out. This is just my first impression. In my opinion, I believe it is due to the F stop setting. I feel it could have been set at F11 or F16. I believe that would have given more depth to the image and more definition to the whale tail and eased the harshness. You did take a great shot though!   Posted: 09/14/2020 10:41:29
Tage Christiansen   Tage Christiansen
hank you very much for your comment, it is possible that the depth could be improved with a larger aperture number   Posted: 09/18/2020 09:58:21

Glenn Rudd   Glenn Rudd
The white background overpowers the whale. A tighter crop would improve that a lot. I took a trip to Baja, California with Lindblad (National Geographic) and saw many California grey whales up close and personal. I can relate to the thrill you experienced on this trip.   Posted: 09/15/2020 20:15:55
Dhananjay Rao   Dhananjay Rao
When I saw the image first.... I was visualizing how amazing the whole landscape would look like with whale lashing the waters with white mountains in backdrop. But the way you present your words even tight crop sounds interesting.
This is the beauty of perspectives....   Posted: 09/15/2020 20:49:48
Tage Christiansen   Tage Christiansen
Thank you very much for your comment.   Posted: 09/18/2020 10:05:22
Tage Christiansen   Tage Christiansen
Hi Glenn
Thanks for the comment.
Yes, it was a very exciting ride, whether you see a whale or not, it is a large animal and it is impressive to see when it breaks the water and emerges from the depths.   Posted: 09/18/2020 10:09:15


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