Photo Of The Day – Twin Giant Sequoias (Sequoiadendron giganteum) Rise Over 200′ Above The Forest Floor

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Title: Twin Giant Sequoias (Sequoiadendron giganteum) Rise Over 200′ Above The Forest Floor

Location: Sequoia National Park, California, USA, North America

Description: Known by various names (giant sequoia, giant redwood, Sierra redwood, etc…) a pair of sequoias grows in a grove that contains the largest tree in the world, by volume. While not growing as tall as their coastal brethren, the coastal redwood (Sequoia sempervirens), sequoias make up in girth, especially that their base. These trees grow in a narrow band from about 5000′ to 7000′ in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California.

Camera Canon 7D
Lens Canon 10-22mm EF
Shutter Speed 1/15
Aperture f/22
ISO 400
Focal Length 10mm

 

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Photo Of The Day – Pu’u ‘O’o Lava Pond

Pu'u 'O'o Lava Pond, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii, USA

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Title:  Pu’u ‘O’o Lava Pond

Location: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii, USA, North America

Description: From high above, the Pu’u ‘O’o crater is seen with an active lava pond.

Camera Nikon D800E
Lens Nikon 14-24mm
Shutter Speed 1/3200
Aperture f/5.6
ISO 500
Focal Length 14mm

 

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Shadows In The Forest

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While leading a three day waterfall workshop in Oregon’s gorgeous Columbia River Gorge, I grew a little bored at the last waterfall. We had seen and photographed a lot of waterfalls and I was casting about for some other form of inspiration.

The day was perfect. No, really, perfect. The temperature was in that sweat spot where I couldn’t tell if it was too hot or too cold. Thinking of it now puts a smile on my face, that perfect temperature and the smell of the moist forest all around. Light was streaming in through the conifer forest surrounding Mt. Hood and while my guests snapped away at Little Zig Zag Falls, I looked around for a new subject.

And that’s when I started noticing all the shadows. How they played against logs and the needle-covered forest floor. How they danced in the wind.

Changing my exposure bias to -2/3 I metered off the highlights in most scenes and snapped off a couple dozen quick images.

This is a friendly reminder to not be so steadfast about what you plan to shoot and, instead, let the world show you what it will.

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Photo Of The Day – Spinning Waterfall

 

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Title: Spinning Waterfall

Location: Oregon, USA, North America

Description: Starvation Creek Falls, as seen through a spinning lens. The technique is simple but takes trial and error. Make sure the spinning point is centered where you want focus sharpest.

Camera Canon 7D
Lens Canon 28-300mm L
Shutter Speed 1/4
Aperture f/14
ISO 100
Focal Length 70mm

 

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Photo Of The Day – Mount Hood Looking Good

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Title: Mount Hood Looking Good

Location: Oregon, USA, North America

Description: Mt. Hood, as seen along the freeway leading right to the base of the mountain. Located just outside of Portland, Oregon, this stunning mountain makes for an easy photography target.

Camera Canon 7D
Lens Canon 28-300mm L
Shutter Speed 1/200
Aperture f/6.3
ISO 100
Focal Length 65mm

 

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Photo Of The Day – More Of The Olympic Mountains [B&W]

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Title: More Of The Olympic Mountains

Location: Whidbey Island, Washington, USA, North America

Description: The Olympic Mountains of Washington state.

Camera Canon 7D
Lens Canon 28-300mm L
Shutter Speed 1/400
Aperture f/5.6
ISO 200
Focal Length 200mm

 

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Photo Of The Day – Sunset And The Olympics

Sunset And The Olympics

Sunset And The Olympics

Title: Sunset And The Olympics

Location: Whidbey Island, Washington, USA, North America

Description: Just another beautiful sunset as viewed from Whidbey Island.

Camera Canon 7D
Lens Canon 28-300mm L
Shutter Speed 1/30
Aperture f/5.6
ISO 400
Focal Length 235mm

 

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Traveling Through Colors: Green

Alaska Rainforest Floor, Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska, USA

Green is a good, all-purpose, calming color and I can use some calm today.

Continuing with my series to explore the world I have photographed through color, I present to you, the color Green.

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And if Green isn’t your color of choice, there are other colors in the series.

Find more colors in the Traveling Through Colors series.

Traveling Through Colors: Blue

Kayakers In Front Of Lamplugh Glacier, Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska, USA

There are beautiful blue skies in California today and maybe that’s why so many of the images in this post are of the gorgeous skies contained therein.

Whatever the case, enjoy this trip around the world with the color blue.

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And if Blue isn’t your color of choice, there are other colors in the series.

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Traveling Through Colors: Orange

Sunrise over the Cascade Mountains, Washington, USA

I go through phases with my photography and it is especially easy to grab on to a color concept when looking through the images on a recent trip. In this case, orange caught my eye so I started collecting images from the past five years (or so) of travel.

Enjoy!

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And if Orange isn’t your color of choice, there are other colors in the series.

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Photo Of The Day – Inactive Fumarole, Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii, USA

Inactive Fumarole, Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii, USA

Title: Inactive Fumarole, Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii, USA

Location: Hawai’i, Hawai’ian Islands, USA, Pacific Ocean

Description: A seemingly endless vent, or fumarole, that once allowed hot gas and steam to escape from rivers and lakes of molten magma below no lies dormant in the basaltic landscape of Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park.

Camera Canon 7D
Lens Canon 8mm fisheye
Shutter Speed 1/320
Aperture f/11
ISO 100
Focal Length 8mm

 

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Photo Of The Day – American Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus), Russian Church, Sitka, Alaska, USA

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Title: American Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus), Russian Church, Sitka, Alaska, USA

Location: Sitka, Alaska, USA, North America

Description: An American bald eagle perches atop the steeple of St. Michael’s Cathedral, a Russian Orthodox church in Sitka, Alaska. For those from the Lower 48 or from other places in the world, the proliferation and abundance of bald eagles is something to gawk at as the birds near this town of 9,000 are fairly well habituated to the humans below.

Camera Canon 7D
Lens Canon 10-22mm
Shutter Speed 1/3200
Aperture f/5.6
ISO 320
Focal Length 280mm

 

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Photo Of The Day – Crazy Waves

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Title: Crazy Waves

Location: Whidbey Island, Washington, USA, North America

Description:With winds topping 30kts, wind waves are swept across Puget Sound and create a frothy chaos.

Camera Canon 7D
Lens Canon 28-300mm L
Shutter Speed .8 seconds
Aperture f/16
ISO 100
Focal Length 300mm

 

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Photo Of The Day – The Seattle Great Wheel

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Title: The Seattle Great Wheel

Location: Seattle, Washington, USA, North America

Description: Contrasted against a gray Monday morning, the Seattle Great Wheel carriers locals and tourists alike to a unique view of the city and Elliot Bay.

Camera Canon 7D
Lens Canon 28-300mm L
Shutter Speed 1/320
Aperture f/5.6
ISO 100
Focal Length 235mm

 

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Photo Of The Day – Cabin Creek Falls, Oregon, USA

Cabin Creek Falls, Oregon, USA

Title: Cabin Creek Falls, Oregon, USA

Location: Oregon, USA, North America

Description: Along the Columbia River Gorge, on the Oregon side, is a vast network of cascading waterfalls emptying into the might Columbia River. These waterfalls bring rain and snowmelt down from the Cascades and over a steep cut in the basaltic rocks.

Camera Canon 7D
Lens Canon 10-22mm
Shutter Speed 5 seconds
Aperture f/11
ISO 100
Focal Length 14mm

 

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Photo Of The Day – Kayaks And The Wilderness

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Title: Kayaks And The Wilderness

Location: Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska, USA, North America

Description: Kayaks wait for guests to head out across the icy waters of Johns Hopkins Inlet in Glacier Bay National Park And Preserve in Alaska, USA.

Camera Canon 1Ds Mark III
Lens Canon 14mm II L
Shutter Speed 1/160
Aperture f/7.1
ISO 50
Focal Length 14mm

 

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Photo Of The Day – Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) Breaking The Surface, California, USA

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Title: Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) Breaking The Surface, California, USA

Location: California, USA, North America

Description: Just two of the over 200 dolphins who accompanied us on a whale watching cruise out of Newport Beach, California.

Camera Canon 7D
Lens Canon 28-300mm L
Shutter Speed 1/2000
Aperture f/4.5
ISO 400
Focal Length 105mm

 

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Photo Of The Day – Photographers At Mesa Arch, Canyonlands National Park, Utah

Photographers At Mesa Arch, Canyonlands National Park, Utah, USA

Title: Photographers At Mesa Arch, Canyonlands National Park, Utah, USA

Location: Mesa Arch, Canyonlands National Park, Utah, USA, North America

Description: Getting a good spot at Mesa Arch can be tricky and require a lack of sleep. Here, photographers are lined up for the classic ‘front-on’ shot of the arch 1.5 hours before sunset. Some play with light painting while waiting for the sun.

Camera Nikon D800E
Lens Nikon 14-24mm
Shutter Speed 5 seconds
Aperture f/2.8
ISO 2000
Focal Length 14mm

 

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Photo Of The Day – Kayaks Waiting In Glacial Aquamarine Waters, Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska

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Title: Kayaks Waiting In Glacial Aquamarine Waters, Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska

Location: Alaska, USA, North America

Description: Three kayaks are lined up for guests to paddle through the glacial waters of Glacier Bay National Park in Alaska, USA.

Camera Canon 7D
Lens Canon 28-300mm L
Shutter Speed 1/500
Aperture f/4.5
ISO 100
Focal Length 65mm

 

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Photo Of The Day – Fireball Sunset

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Title: Fireball Sunset

Location: Palos Verdes, California, USA, North America

Description: The sun setting over the Pacific Ocean last night from Palos Verdes, California.

Camera Canon 7D
Lens Canon 28-300mm L
Shutter Speed 1/320
Aperture f/5.6
ISO 100
Focal Length 300mm

 

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Photo Of The Day – Kayakers In Front Of Lamplugh Glacier, Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska, USA

Kayakers In Front Of Lamplugh Glacier, Glacier Bay National Park

Kayakers In Front Of Lamplugh Glacier, Glacier Bay National Park

Title: Kayakers In Front Of Lamplugh Glacier, Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska, USA

Location: Serengeti National Park, Tanzania, Africa

Description: Kayakers explore the icy waters in front of Lamplugh Glacier in Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska. The kayaks were launched from the M/V Wilderness Explorer, run by Un-Cruise Adventures.

Camera Canon 7D
Lens Canon 28-300mm L
Shutter Speed 1/640
Aperture f/6.3
ISO 100
Focal Length 300mm

 

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Photo Of The Day – Maui, Hawaii Panorama Exploration

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Title: Maui, Hawaii Panorama Exploration

Location: Maui, Hawaii, USA

Description: Shot from the Uplands of Maui at Ali’i Kula Lavender Farms, this panorama is .81 gigapixels in size. Zoom in and see if you can spot the plane taking off or surfers on the waves.

This image was shot with a Gigapan EPIC Pro head from Borrowlenses.com and stitched with AutoPano Giga.

The panorama was made with a Canon 7D and 28-300mm L lens. It was composed of 98 images shot in Manual Mode at ISO 100, 135mm, f/9, 1/400. The Gigapan EPIC Pro was lent to me from Borrowlenses.com.

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Sorry For The Deluge, Here’s A Pretty Hawk Photo

Right Outside My Window

For those who subscribe to the RSS or email feed for The Carey Adventures, I apologize for the deluge of posts you saw yesterday and today (Friday). My instance of WordPress, the software that runs this site, was having problems and not sending out posts for two weeks. When I finally found the cause, it unleashed those two weeks of posts, plus three more this morning. I hope you at least enjoyed the images!

I set most Photo Of The Day posts to appear around 4-7AM Pacific Time so they are delivered in the morning in America and in the evening in other places this blog has a following, like India. Hopefully it did not turn you off to the content on the site.

Please accept this photo of a hawk, shot this morning, as an “I’m sorry” card for you.

Right Outside My Window

Some mornings are luckier than others. This morning I was sitting in my office and noticed a larger than normal bird fly to the pine tree in my neighbor’s yard. Taking a moment to look away from the daily flood of tweets and links and updates and whatnot, I spied a hawk just 100′ from me, at my level, more or less. Hastily, but cautiously so as to not spook it, I removed the bug screen from my window and took some test shots. As the bird was greatly back-lit by the gray morning clouds, I over exposed by a couple of stops, picked a high ISO to increase my shutter speed and steadied myself on the window sill.
The beautiful bird looked around for about three minutes, staring at me on occasion and then the moment I was waiting for; he started to stand and take off. This shot is just seconds after he or she lifted from the branch in search of breakfast.
I hope your morning has a little magic in it! And have a great weekend.

Photo Of The Day – Sunset And The Cliffs

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Title: Sunset And The Cliffs

Location: Canyonlands National Park, Utah, USA, North America

Description: From the Green River Overlook in Canyonlands National Park, Utah, the sun cuts dramatic shapes around cliffs and buttes before setting across the horizon. This viewpoint is a short walk at the end of the road and an excellent place to enjoy the splendor of the park.

Camera Canon 7D
Lens Canon 28-300mm L
Shutter Speed 1/200
Aperture f/8
ISO 100
Focal Length 70mm

 

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Photo Of The Day – Tugboat Under The Sun

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Title: Tugboat Under The Sun

Location: Puget Sound, Washington, USA, North America

Description: A lone tug ferries a barge toward Seattle along Puget Sound as the sun sets behind a bank of clouds and the Olympic Mountains.

Camera Canon 7D
Lens Canon 28-300mm L
Shutter Speed 1/2500
Aperture f/6.3
ISO 320
Focal Length 250mm

 

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Photo Of The Day – Breaching Humpback Whale – Alaska

Breaching Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae), Alaska, USA

Title: Breaching Humpback Whale – Alaska

Location: Alaska, USA, North America

Description: Every summer humpback whales head to the waters of Alaska’s Inside Passage to feed. The nutrient rich waters help the animals grow before they head South to breed and calve in the warm waters of Hawaii and Mexico.

Camera Canon 7D
Lens Canon 400mm L
Shutter Speed 1/1250
Aperture f/2.8
ISO 800
Focal Length 400mm

 

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Photo Of The Day – Mt. Shuksan

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Title: Mt. Shuksan

Location: Whatcom County, Washington, USA, North America

Description: One of the most photographed mountains in the world, this view of Mt. Shuksan is an easy drive and walk.

Camera Canon 7D
Lens Canon 28-300mm L
Shutter Speed 1/6400
Aperture f/3.5
ISO 100
Focal Length 28mm

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Photo Of The Day – Canyonlands Gooseneck Bend Panorama Exploration

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Title: Canyonlands Gooseneck Bend Panorama Exploration

Location: Canyonlands National Park, Utah, USA, North America

Description: A short walk from the White Rim Trail, the Colorado River continues to eat away at Canyonlands National Park, making the landscape more dramatic year after year.

The image was shot freehand and stitched with AutoPano Giga.

The camera used was a Nikon D800E and Nikon 14-24mm lens thanks to BorrowLenses.com.

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Photo Of The Day – Hovering

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Title: Hovering

Location: Orange County, California, USA, North America

Description: A hawk hovers over the hills of Orange County, California, during sunset.

Camera Canon 7D
Lens Canon 28-300mm L
Shutter Speed 1/320
Aperture f/5.6
ISO 200
Focal Length 300mm

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Touring Hawaii Via Helicopter

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Peter-West-Carey-Hawaii2012-1103-0155Taking off in a helicopter is unlike any commercial airline flight you have ever experienced. As forward thrust is not needed, there is no ‘pinned to your seat’ feeling. Your seat simply starts lifting into the air with what feels like effortless will despite the roar of the engine and blades above you.

While I flew over 100,000 miles last year in airplanes, it was the 250 miles we flew around Hawaii, The Big Island that are the most memorable.

Below are our images from the trip with Paradise Helicopters and our gracious pilot Koji Sato. The images are in chronological order and take off from the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa, circle the island counterclockwise and return to the same resort. Some of the highlights you will see in the images are:

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For the photographers in the crowd, all images were shot with a Nikon D800E and Nikon 14-24mm lens thanks to Borrowlenses.com. All but a few were shot at 14mm. That’s a mighty fine lens.

Thanks also goes to the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau and Big Island Visitors Bureau and Paradise Helicopters for hosting this helicopter trip we’ll never forget. The words and images are my own, so is the adrenaline rush I feel when thinking back to this trip.

Photo Of the Day – Point Vicente Lighthouse At Sunset

Point Vicente Lighthouse At Sunset

Title: Point Vicente Lighthouse At Sunset

Location: Rancho Palos Verdes, California, USA, North America

Description: Out past the congestion of LA, along the California Coast, Point Vicente Lighthouse stands guard over the Pacific while warning sailors of the constant danger of the rocks at its base.

Camera Canon 7D
Lens Canon 28-300mm L
Shutter Speed 1/6
Aperture f/5.6
ISO 200
Focal Length 135mm

 

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Photo Of The Day – Los Angeles Below The Griffith Observatory

Los Angeles Below The Griffith Observatory

Title: Los Angeles Below The Griffith Observatory

Location: Los Angeles, California, USA, North America

Description: The lights of Los Angeles, California spread out below the Griffith Observatory. While the immense city lights make this an unlikely spot to view the stars, it is, in fact, an easy way to get away from a fair amount of city light pollution and reconnect with the immensity of the universe above.

Camera Canon 7D
Lens Canon 10-22mm
Shutter Speed 8 seconds
Aperture f/3.5
ISO 100
Focal Length 10mm

 

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View On The Forest Floor In An Alaska Rainforest

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What’s lurking on the floor of an Alaskan rainforest? Plenty!

For my daughter, girlfriend and I, cruising with InnerSea Discoveries in Alaska’s Inside Passage this last summer allowed more than one opportunity to take a small skiff ashore and wander in pristine temperate rainforest. Not only that, I also was teaching photography to guests aboard the 80 passenger boat and had ample opportunity to capture life close to the ground.

The images below were taken in and around Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska. As luck and planning would have it, I’ll be teaching aboard another sailing with InnerSea Discoveries this April in Hawaii, where there is a whole different kind of rainforest. If you’re interested in joining us, check out the April 6th sailing at this link.

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Photo Of The Day – Sunrise At Mesa Arch II

Sunrise At Mesa Arch II

Title: Sunrise At Mesa Arch II

Location: Canyonlands National Park, Utah, USA, North America

Description: Mesa Arch is lit from light bouncing off the cliff face below it. A unique phenomena, this daily event (weather permitting) always draws a crowd of photographers. Canyonlands National Park, Utah.

Camera Canon 7D
Lens Canon 8-15mm
Shutter Speed 1/10
Aperture f/20
ISO 100
Focal Length 13mm

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Photo Of The Day – Breaching Humpback Whale, Alaska

Breaching Humpback Whale, Alaska

Breaching Humpback Whale, Alaska

Title: Breaching Humpback Whale, Alaska

Location: Inside Passage, Alaska, USA, North America

Description: A breaching humpback whale makes a graceful arch while playing in the waters of Alaska.

Camera Canon 7D
Lens Canon 400mm L
Shutter Speed 1/4000
Aperture f/2.8
ISO 200
Focal Length 400mm

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