Friday, January 3, 2014

Right Place, Right Time, Right Whale

Justin Hofman was at the right place at the right time.
His photo of a southern right whale has captured imaginations around the web with its juxtaposition of the right whale's huge mass under a small boat...

Hofman was on the National Geographic Explorer, diving off Argentina's Patagonian coast to photograph southern right whales. Shooting the pix required a lot of planning. He says his group's diving permit was for just a single day: "Valdes Peninsula [off the coast of Argentina] is an incredibly windy place that can be closed down any day of the year, so us having the permit for only one day was a huge gamble."
Hofman says, as his photo did the rounds online, some questioned whether it was faked: "I promise this is not a composition of two photos and was only possible with the help of a skillful boat handler who placed the boat in the perfect position."
From a whalewatcher's... photographer's... hell, ANYone's perspective, it IS the perfect shot! Congrats for the magic, Justin!

[...many thanx to National Geographic]

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