New Work – October 2011

If you want to go straight to the eye candy and skip the verbage, visit my “New Work – October 2011” gallery!

My October 2011 release of new photography is fairly focused and includes some underwater images of blue whales, nighttime photographs of bioluminescence caused by red tide dinoflagellate plankton, a few close underwater photos of fin whales (the second longest animal in the world, after blue whales), experimental images using new techniques of surf and surfers, and a couple panoramas of Petco Stadium in San Diego (made with the help of my daughter who manned the popcorn and terrible towels while I took the pictures).

The whale images in particular were quite exciting to make. There is a small number of people in the world who have come face to face with enormous blue whales and fin whales in the open ocean and managed to bring home publication-quality photographs to document the encounter. In other words, not only were the images tremendously exciting to make, they represent some of my proudest moments as a natural history photographer. Photographing these giants has been an ongoing project of mine for 17 years, and in spite of having very few opportunities to see whales this year I managed to make some of the best images I have ever made of these spectacular creatures, alongside my good friend (and skilled marine photographer) Mike Johnson.

Thanks for looking! Below are a few, and the rest can be found in my New Work – October 2011 gallery” (that’s your cue to click on it).

Fin whale underwater. The fin whale is the second longest and sixth most massive animal ever, reaching lengths of 88 feet, Balaenoptera physalus

Fin whale underwater. The fin whale is the second longest and sixth most massive animal ever, reaching lengths of 88 feet.
Image ID: 27594
Species: Fin whale, Balaenoptera physalus

Fin whale underwater. The fin whale is the second longest and sixth most massive animal ever, reaching lengths of 88 feet, Balaenoptera physalus

Fin whale underwater. The fin whale is the second longest and sixth most massive animal ever, reaching lengths of 88 feet.
Image ID: 27597
Species: Fin whale, Balaenoptera physalus

A humpback whale raises it fluke out of the water, the coast of Del Mar and La Jolla is visible in the distance, Megaptera novaeangliae

A humpback whale raises it fluke out of the water, the coast of Del Mar and La Jolla is visible in the distance.
Image ID: 27142
Species: Humpback whale, Megaptera novaeangliae
Location: Del Mar, California, USA

Blue whale underwater closeup photo.  This incredible picture of a blue whale, the largest animal ever to inhabit earth, shows it swimming through the open ocean, a rare underwater view, Balaenoptera musculus

Blue whale underwater closeup photo. This incredible picture of a blue whale, the largest animal ever to inhabit earth, shows it swimming through the open ocean, a rare underwater view.
Image ID: 27324
Species: Blue whale, Balaenoptera musculus
Location: California, USA

Lingulodinium polyedrum red tide dinoflagellate plankton, glows blue when it is agitated in wave and is visible at night, Lingulodinium polyedrum, La Jolla, California

Lingulodinium polyedrum red tide dinoflagellate plankton, glows blue when it is agitated in wave and is visible at night.
Image ID: 27064
Species: Lingulodinium polyedrum
Location: La Jolla, California, USA

Blue whale underwater closeup photo.  This incredible picture of a blue whale, the largest animal ever to inhabit earth, shows it swimming through the open ocean, a rare underwater view.  Over 80' long and just a few feet from the camera, an extremely wide lens was used to photograph the entire enormous whale, Balaenoptera musculus

Blue whale underwater closeup photo. This incredible picture of a blue whale, the largest animal ever to inhabit earth, shows it swimming through the open ocean, a rare underwater view. Over 80′ long and just a few feet from the camera, an extremely wide lens was used to photograph the entire enormous whale.
Image ID: 27325
Species: Blue whale, Balaenoptera musculus
Location: California, USA

Athletic young girl underwater, performing isometric exercises

Athletic young girl underwater, performing isometric exercises.
Image ID: 27057

Petco Park, home of the San Diego Padres professional baseball team, overlooking downtown San Diego at dusk

Petco Park, home of the San Diego Padres professional baseball team, overlooking downtown San Diego at dusk.
Image ID: 27052
Location: San Diego, California, USA

Breaking wave fast motion and blur. The Wedge, Newport Beach, California

Breaking wave fast motion and blur. The Wedge.
Image ID: 27078
Location: The Wedge, Newport Beach, California, USA