Story behind the photograph
Our whale watching expedition turned out to be exceptionally successful. We came across many Humpback Whale pods. The captain of our catamaran said that in his 17 years of running the tours he never seen whales to come that close to the boat by themselves. How close? The mum whale raised about two meters from the boat, showing her enormous size. She stood up and had a good look at as all and as unexpectedly as she appeared she vanished below the water surface. No one was ready for that. We all had long lenses on our cameras prepared to photograph them from afar.
Seeing her rise from the water I quickly zoomed out and stepped back as quickly as I could. The photograph you see here of this massive Humpback Whale is the result of that moment. Unforgeable experience.