Rachelle Mackintosh (New South Wales)
North Head - entrance to Sydney Harbour, New South Wales
Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae)
Canon EOS-1D X, Canon f/4.5–5.6L IS II USM 100–400mm 300mm, 1/1250, f/7.1, ISO 500, handheld from a boat
Humpbacks are jaw-droppers, especially when they jump. But just seeing this whale exhale against North Head’s cliffs – its blows ablaze in the setting sun – was enough to make me hold my own breath, completely awe-struck. If you squint, you might even see a woman’s profile in the blow… maybe.
This high-quality digital photograph is presented on 500x700mm, 310gsm, Ilford Galerie ‘Smooth Pearl’ paper, without the watermark copyright.