This picture is amazing.
It was taken by Leslie Richter.
And she gave me permission to share it.
I asked her how she got it.
We went out specifically looking for whales since there had been many recent sightings including some inside SF Bay.
We saw many whaleâ€™s spouts and the occasional tail, but this whale was slapping the water with its flippers and tail, and occasionally diving.
This was a lucky capture -- there is no warning when a humpback whale breaches, and I wasn't looking in this direction.
But when my boyfriend, Peter, yelled "breach" I swung my camera around and managed to get the shot.
I didn't expect the autofocus to catch up, so I was very pleased when I downloaded the images and found this one.
I used a Nikon D810, 80-400mm VR lens.
I hate to admit this.
But when I first saw this picture I didnâ€™t think it was real.
I thought it was photoshopped.
I honestly thought thereâ€™s no way that happened.
But I was wrong.
This picture is 100 percent real.
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