Photographer's Note

This is a humpback whale in the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary I photographed from a whale watch boat with the Dolphin Fleet of Provincetown. I was using a Pentax 80-200mm lens and a Sunpak UV filter, and my camera was set on "moving object" mode.

I wouldn't have chosen to frame the subject this way. It happened because I was on the opposite side of the boat when I heard the other passengers exclaim, and I rushed over barely in time before the whale disappeared under water. I was also forced to lean over small children at the railing to get a clear shot. All this made the composition hasty and awkward. However I rather like it as it draws attention to the drops of water falling from the right fluke.

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