Photographer's Note

I think a year is a long enough holiday break from TE, so here I am again. Who knows when the next break will come?

This shot was taken - with a long lens - from a whale-watching excursion boat in Skjálfandi Bay, in Iceland's far north. The centre for whale watching is the small town of Husavik (see map view). We did indeed see many whales, including the blue and minke whales, in the three hour voyage. Despite visiting in mid-June, and being made to pull bright yellow waterproof overalls on top of our warm clothing, it felt awfully cold on board the boat. According to Wikipedia, Skjálfandi means 'trembling', which may be connected to the effect of earthquakes in the area. Husavik is a pleasant and picturesque village, with an interesting whale museum and a couple of nice restaurants in which to bring life back to cold bodies after the boat trip.

Shutter speed 1/500
Aperture f6.3
ISO 200
Focal length 300mm

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