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May 4th, 2011

Humpback Whale Photography Tour

Posted By Jon Cornforth
Humpback Whale
I’m teaming up with renowned underwater photographer Tony Wu to offer the ULTIMATE humpback whale photography adventure in 2012. The first half of our tour will begin in Southeast Alaska, where I have spent 5 years photographing humpback whales, followed by a two week break, and then finishing in the Kingdom of Tonga, where Tony …
December 6th, 2010

Humpback Whales Bubble Feeding 132

Posted By Jon Cornforth
Humpback Whales Bubble Feeding 132, Chatham Strait, Alaska
Photographing humpback whales bubble-net feeding in Southeast Alaska is the most incredible experience that I have. Over several days in July, I was again fortunate to witness this extraordinary behavior. Even though I cruise with my own boat, finding a groups of whales feeding can be difficult and time consuming. However, once I have located …
December 2nd, 2010

Humpback Whale Breach 117

Posted By Jon Cornforth
Humpback Whale Breach 117, Frederick Sound, Alaska
Here is another amazing humpback whale breach that I photographed during my July trip in Southeast Alaska. Breaching whale encounters never get old. I wish that I could photograph whales every day, but for a variety of reasons it would be impractical, least of which is that they don’t cooperate like this very often. This …
November 12th, 2010

Humpback Whales Bubble Feeding 100

Posted By Jon Cornforth
Humpback Whales Bubble Feeding 100, Chatham Strait, Alaska
I always say that if I could photograph only one thing, that it would be whales. Unfortunately, they are the most difficult and expensive subject that I photograph. I have swam next to these gentle giants and watched them repeatedly breach into the air, but the most amazing behavior I have documented is humpback whales …
September 3rd, 2010

Humpback Whale Tail 100

Posted By Jon Cornforth
Humpback Whale Tail 100, Frederick Sound, Alaska
For marine mammal photographers like myself, photographing whale tails is not that hard to do, but creating a striking image is.  This is the only part of the animal that most whale watchers will ever see.  It’s not the most dramatic behavior, and certainly nowhere near as photogenic as a full body breach.  Over the …
September 2nd, 2010

Humpback Whale Breach 108

Posted By Jon Cornforth
Humpback Whale Breach 108, Frederick Sound, Alaska
Another freakin’ humpback whale breaching photo?  Well, yes, it is!  I normally prefer breaching images at the peak of the whale’s trajectory, because they don’t appear as powerful in the limp-coming back down phase, let alone when the big splash happens.  However, what I do like about this image is that it shows the power …
August 18th, 2010

Humpback Whale Breach 106

Posted By Jon Cornforth
Humpback Whale Breach 106, Frederick Sound, Alaska
As I have previously mentioned, I will be editing my new humpback whale breaching images for months to come.  This is another graceful breach from the incredibly cooperative whale that I photographed last month in Frederick Sound.  This young whale repeatedly displayed its enthusiasm for the warm sun, good eating, close friends, and nearby photographer …
August 11th, 2010

Humpback Whale Breach 105

Posted By Jon Cornforth
Humpback Whale Breach 105, Frederick Sound, Alaska
After departing Juneau and motoring down Stephens Passage to Frederick Sound, I spent my first night anchored at the Brothers Islands.  Because of the long distance I’d motored the day before, my first priority was refueling.  En route to the Kake fuel dock, I encountered my first breaching humpback whale!  This whale was clearly happy …
August 9th, 2010

Humpback Whale Breach 103

Posted By Jon Cornforth
Humpback Whale Breach 103, Frederick Sound, Alaska
I hope that my regular readers aren’t getting bored yet of all my new breaching humpback whale photos.  Though I had spent over 20 weeks the last 4 summers cruising Southeast Alaska with my boat, not until 2 weeks ago did I encounter a whale that yielded so many publishable breaching images.  I could post …
August 7th, 2010

Humpback Whale Breach 101

Posted By Jon Cornforth
Humpback Whale Breach 101, Frederick Sound, Alaska
Two weeks ago, I photographed this humpback whale on Frederick Sound.  I find this image particularly striking due to the unusual, head-on perspective.   The humpback breached towards me which helped illustrate its streamlined body.  Also, the pectoral fins in this shot are perfectly angled at the whale’s side as it thrusts itself out of the …