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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 …
 
September 1st, 2010

Yasha Island Sea Lions 2

Posted By Jon Cornforth
Yasha Island Sea Lions 2, Frederick Sound, Alaska
By now, my regular readers and social networking followers are probably aware that I had engine trouble last week while using my boat on Prince William Sound for the first time.  The repair bill is pretty bad, but not as catastrophic as I had initially feared.  It’s par for the course in trying to shoot …
 
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 17th, 2010

Yasha Island Sea Lions 1

Posted By Jon Cornforth
Yasha Island Sea Lions 1, Frederick Sound, Alaska
After spending 3 days photographing humpback whales bubble-feeding near Angoon, I motored my boat down Chatham Strait to photograph Steller sea lions at Yasha Island.  I have been scuba diving with Steller sea lions in British Columbia during the winter, but have never put any effort into photographing them in Southeast Alaska.  Their populations are …
 
August 16th, 2010

South Sawyer Glacier Harbor Seal 01

Posted By Jon Cornforth
South Sawyer Glacier Harbor Seal 01, Tracy Arm-Fords Terror Wilderness, Alaska
When I visited Tracy Arm a few weeks ago, I was dismayed to see the decrease in ice from my previous visits.  My earlier shoots of the harbor seals took place near the North Sawyer Glacier which has drastically retreated and is now almost out of the water.  In the past, I could not get …
 
August 12th, 2010

North Sawyer Glacier 1

Posted By Jon Cornforth
North Sawyer Glacier 1, Tracy Arm, Alaska
I have mixed feelings about photographing tidewater glaciers in Alaska.  They are beautiful to visit, but I also know they will never be in the same position in my lifetime because of glacial recession due to climate change.  During my previous visits to Tracy Arm, it was very difficult and dangerous for me to get …
 
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 …