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January 23rd, 2013

Humpback Whale Breach 200

Posted By Jon Cornforth
Humpback Whale Breach 200
I’m finally home long enough to start editing my images from the last 6 months. Dang, have I been busy and time flies. This is my favorite image that I photographed while co-leading the Alaska portion of Tony Wu and my dual hemisphere Humpback Whale Tour last summer. See how sunny and perfect the conditions were? …
 
January 12th, 2012

Outdoor Photographer February 2012 Discover Alaska Wildlife Article

Posted By Jon Cornforth
Outdoor Photographer February 2012 Discover Alaska Wildlife Article
I was traveling all of December, so forgive me for not having posted any new blog updates for awhile. However, I am excited to share that Outdoor Photographer published my “Discover Alaska Wildlife” article in the February issue! In my article, I give lots of advice about where and how to photograph many of Alaska’s …
 
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 8th, 2010

South Sawyer Glacier Harbor Seal 02

Posted By Jon Cornforth
South Sawyer Glacier Harbor Seal 02, Tracy Arm-Fords Terror Wilderness, Alaska
Over the Labor Day weekend, I wrote a magazine article about how to photograph Alaska’s wildlife. I want to share an excerpt from the article and a new harbor seal image that I created in Tracy Arm in July.  I hope that you look forward to the complete article, but for now, please enjoy this …
 
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 …