The last good light had faded and all was growing dark. Still, I waited. For something. It was calm and I was content. A whale had been putting on a show for a good while and I thought the creature had gone. Moments later I heard a slap on the restless ocean beneath dark skies. It was the slap of a whale tail. The beast was no more than 30 feet from the shoreline and seemed to be in a joyous mood, consistently breaching and thwacking the water. At the time, it seemed interesting to me how the tail would hit the water, then seconds later I would hear the event again, as if reliving a moment already in the past. The relationship between space and time is strange and mysterious. On this evening, I did not bring my zoom lens with me on the adventure. I lost an opportunity but subsequently gained one. A couple had noticed the acrobatic whale and moved in my direction to look more closely on the spectacle. Soon they had walked in front of me and my camera. Rather than becoming discouraged, I thought of how I could productively shoot the scene. The storm clouds offshore were no longer my main subject. I considered how I could use the elements in front of me to create a unique and compelling image. I found a composition. I triggered the shutter and waited half a minute.
This is the resulting photograph. Because of the low light, I exposed for 30 seconds. Fortunately, the humans stayed relatively still during the capture and I came away with something I was happy with.
Two souls at the edge of a vast ocean, admiring the agility of a mighty animal.