29 July 2013

Blue whale from above

On July 26th, 2013, DBC's Science Advisor Bernd Würsig photographed this blue whale Balaenoptera musculus off San Diego, CA.

The image is amazingly sharp (even when magnified), considering it was taken at distance of about 600m, from the open port of a circling twin engine aircraft.

Bernd used a Nikon D800 camera equipped with a AF-S Nikkor 80-400mm f 4.5-5.6 lens (set at 400mm, f 5.6, vibration reduction "normal"). The camera was set at ISO 320, 1/1,600 sec.

(Photo by B. Würsig taken under NMFS Permit #14451)

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