This weekend my buddy David and I chased whales around British Columbia. It was fun to catch up, but it was also a chance to challenge each other creatively. Up until now my marine photography has been largely documentary - well composed, technically strong, etc. But let's face it - how many whale tail photographs do you need! David challenged me to show more mood and emotion in my images - to try and show what it was like to be among these giants. These two photographs are an attempt to do that. The first image is of a mother Orca and calf as the sun was setting. The second is a humpback disappearing beneath the waves while we watched from inside a fog bank.
The rest of these images are what I would typically have shot. I still like them - Orcas are pretty charismatic animals after all - but I really like the new take on photographing whales. And I like having friends who aren't afraid to tell me my photographs can be better, and who help me improve.