f 6.3, 1/125 sec, ISO 640, 14 mm
I traveled to photograph the humpback whales in the calving and breeding grounds off the coast of the Dominican Republic. My goal was to photograph the interaction of the mothers and calves. In this particular encounter, the juvenile whale swam around us at a distance until he became curious. At this point, he swam up close to his mom and began staring straight at me. We locked eyes for nearly a full minute. I have had countless wildlife encounters, but this one had a deep impact on me.