Breaching Whale + Diver

Critique Style Requested: Standard

The photographer is looking for generalized feedback about the aesthetic and technical qualities of their image.


I was photographing the flukes of a diving whale for submission to Happy Whale when a nearby whale breached.

Technical Details

Canon R5 and 24-105 at 1/1000, f/8 and Auto ISO. Edited in LR and cropped to a pano.

Richard, this is a special, two for one. Your have a great depth of field . The details of the whales are nice and sharp and the mountaians are pleasently softened. The panorama crop helps emphasize the important elements and suggests the vastness of the ocean. The snow on the mountains is a nice balance to the spray from the breaching whale. Although I can’t see all of the shadow of the breathing whale that dosn’t really bother me. This would be beautiful blown up and hung on the wall of a large space.

Hi Richard, a really fine capture of a special moment. Love seeing the breaching whale with the snow capped mountains as a back drop. The power of the whale with the splashing water is really on display. Well done.

Very nicely captured, I really like the contrast between peaceful scene and turbulant action !
You may try to get some details on the shadow side of breaching whale.

Barbara, Allen and J Rajput: thank you for having taken the time to look and comment.

Super capture!! Only thought is how wonderful it would look on your wall – maybe life-sized!

What a great capture, and a great moment to witness! I completely agree with the previous comments about the action and the soft, peaceful scene, as well as the pano crop.
Yes, this should be on the wall.