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Behind the lens: To capture an exhilarating moment, it's better to be lucky AND good

Editor's note: Boyzell Hosey, our Assistant Managing Editor - Photography/Multimedia, shot this image while on a family vacation in Alaska. Below is his description of the shot.

A humpback whale's tail is exposed as he takes a deep dive in Stephens Passage in Juneau, Alaska. The photo was captured during a whale-sighting excursion aboard a 40-foot catamaran operated by Allen Marine Tours (@allenmarinetoursak) of Juneau. I used a LUMIX GH3 set on burst mode High, which is 6 frames per second. I didn't think about setting in on SH (Super High), which reportedly shoots 18-20 fps. The exposure was set at 400 ISO, aperture f.9, shutter speed 1/500 sec. I used the LUMIX 100-300mm G Vario zoom lens which was perfect for really filling up my frame with the tail. Making this frame was exhilarating as it truly challenged my eye and hand coordination while trying to track the elusive whale just below the surface of the water. Seeing that the image was tack sharp and framed well, it reminded me of the feeling I had when I first fell in love with photography many years ago!

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