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East Greenland Part 3 – Breaching Whale Photos! (Podcast 541)

Welcome to part three of a four part series to share my experiences and ten more images from my recent East Greenland photography adventure, including some breaching whale photos! I'm now back in Tokyo having completed my Iceland Full Circle Tour with a great group, and I'll be reporting on that and share some Iceland work with you in a couple of weeks. Today we're going to continue this Greenland series, picking up the trail on the morning of August 29. Shortly after leaving Tasiilaq, we encountered a number of humpback whales, and I shot this photo of the fluke as...

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Martin Bailey is a nature and wildlife photographer and educator based in Tokyo. He's a pioneering Podcaster and blogger, and an X-Rite Coloratti member.
4 Comments
  • Michael Rammell
    Posted at 19:03h, 19 September Reply

    I love the way the image of the Humpback Whale breaching the water feels as though you’re shooting just above the water level. Like, when you’re out shooting wildlife and you lay on your stomach to get low, it feels like that here. The result is that the feeling of depth of field that was otherwise lost with the background being infinite, is restored to the foreground.

    As ever Martin, fantastic work. This gallery and indeed the images from your most recent Greenland visit feel fresh, new and exciting! I’ve opened the email immediately each time the next installment hit my inbox!

    Thanks as always Martin for the images and the education!

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 21:09h, 19 September Reply

      Great observation Michael. That’s a benefit of being on such a small boat. My feet were probably on or below the water level while shooting.

      Thanks for the kind words about this work too. I’m happy with the crop of images from what was essentially just one week of shooting.

  • Michal Obuchowski
    Posted at 18:27h, 20 September Reply

    Gorgeous shots! It’s sad to see the Hann barely filling its glacial valley these days 🙁

    The heli shots look absolutely stunning, with the crown taken by the sapphire pool in the berg – there are few more beautiful natural contrast scenes, and the chance to see it this clearly from above is simply awesome.

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 18:33h, 20 September Reply

      Thanks Michael!

      I don’t have a previous reference to compare for the glaciers I visited, but it’s such a shame to look at where my images were shot on a map and see the faces of all the glacier’s greatly receded compared to the maps, even though the online maps shouldn’t be that far out of date. 🙁

      That blue pool was stunning. Everything about Greenland was magical. I hope to get back there some day.

      Cheers,
      Martin.

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