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Blog posts by Steve Munch

Coastal Lifestyle Images

Since moving back to my old stomping grounds in Hollywood Beach, I have made it a point to be up and out of the house before day break, walking the beach and capturing the incredibly diverse wildlife and ever changing shoreline. Here are a few of my recent images.

Willets trying to stay warm in the pre dawn cold.
High Surf and Tides created large foam formations.
Offshore winds and large waves create perfect wind surfing conditions for this California Brown Pelican.
Early morning Surf Session silhouette.
Sanderlings racing in and out with the tides in search of food.

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Photographs of Humpback Whales at Santa Cruz Island

Got to spend the day at Santa Cruz Island with my older brother Mike, I had asked him to put his wood carving talents to work and to carve a series of Humpback Whale pieces to display at upcoming shows we are participating in and what better way to gain perspective of your subject than quietly observing these giants at times just a few feet away.

The display included fin slapping, tail slapping, surface lunge feeding and an interesting obsession with floating kelp paddies. It was quite an experience and education in Humpback behavior. Looking forward to seeing what he can come up with.

Humback whale fin near the coast of Santa Cruz Island.

Humback whale fin near the coast of Santa Cruz Island.

Humback whale fin slapping

Humback whale fin slapping

Photography Shooting Tips:
The day was overcast with not much contrast. The whale would appear for only seconds and then be gone.

  • #1 I set my ISO to 800
  • #2 I set my shutter speed to 1/1000 on TV mode (shutter priority)
  • #3 I set my exposure compensation to + 1

The ISO is high to ensure that I can use a fast shutter speed to allow for the quick change of direction the camera and lens have to make to follow the action, it also with give a more useful aperture f/8-f/11.
The +1 compensation will help with the expected flat dull light.
Shutter priority (TV MODE) are a must in this situation where the camera in constantly on the move, it also gives great sharpness to the drops of water on the tail and fins.

-Steve Munch

Hampback Whale

Hampback Whale