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Challenge: Free Study 2017-06 (Standard Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D Mark IV
Lens: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM
Location: Near Campbell River, BC, Canada
Date: Jun 12, 2017
Aperture: f/11
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/1250
Date Uploaded: Jun 14, 2017


Place: 1 out of 119
Avg (all users): 7.3214
Avg (commenters): 8.5000
Avg (participants): 7.3864
Avg (non-participants): 7.0833
Views since voting: 1494
Views during voting: 127
Votes: 56
Comments: 20
Favorites: 2 (view)

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07/13/2017 09:00:26 AM
Wow, what a capture.
07/12/2017 09:38:02 AM
WOW! That's AWESOME! :-)
07/08/2017 05:45:46 PM
Almost completely airborne. Magnificent.
07/08/2017 02:06:13 PM
I actually gasped when I saw this for the first time.. An amazing, beautiful and fabulously dynamic image. Many, many congrats on your Blue, Carrie.
07/08/2017 01:27:46 PM
Amazing shot. All the times I've been up north, I've never seen whales breach like this.
07/08/2017 12:18:40 PM
Sweet capture, congrats on the Blue!
07/08/2017 11:43:01 AM
Having also tried to get humpbacks in mid-leap here on the Pacific, I know exactly how difficult this shot was, and how beautifully it was executed.

Congratulations on the shot of a lifetime.

because I couldn't resist, here's mine, from 2005. The thrill was the same, the score was (er) different. :)
07/08/2017 03:13:05 AM
Incredible capture! Well done!
Hugh congrats on the Blue Ribbon!!!
07/08/2017 02:49:10 AM
Just fabulous! Congratulations on the well deserved blue.
07/08/2017 12:44:39 AM
For the user who commented "hope this is legit", lol, I do have other shots from the breach sequence:

2 frames later: https://www.flickr.com/photos/111615580@N03/34751884153/in/album-72157670778449955/

And the splash: https://www.flickr.com/photos/111615580@N03/35174169930/in/album-72157670778449955/

Catching whale breaches is a huge challenge, and I've been whale-watching for 12 years. They don't do it all that often, sometimes they only do it once, and it happens really fast. They also don't always come all the way out of the water, you're not always on the right side of them for the best lighting, the water is not always glassy smooth, the background is sometimes not good, you're in a moving boat, etc. etc. My point is that I can't believe this photo (and experience) happened. :^)
07/08/2017 12:19:20 AM
what an incredible capture! Congratulations!
 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/07/2017 11:39:02 PM
What an amazing capture! I would have been looking through my camera and would have missed the whole thing lol. Awesome!
07/07/2017 11:02:07 PM
impressive catch
07/07/2017 08:57:11 PM
Shot of a lifetime. Considering how rare and tough a shot like this is, I hope this is legit.
07/06/2017 12:07:27 PM
OMG indeed. That would be the thrill of a lifetime for me to see, let alone capture.
07/06/2017 10:37:17 AM
Near perfect! It's the shot that we all wait for.
07/02/2017 10:34:06 PM
10 from me.

07/02/2017 04:33:46 PM
WOW WOW WOW!!!!!!!!!
07/01/2017 07:06:57 PM
Great timing. A top 3 pick for me.
07/01/2017 12:24:07 PM
surreal in its elegance

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