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4th June 2017
Intimate underwater portraits of humpback whales by Jem Cresswell

Giants” is a beautiful set of black-and-white underwater photos taken by Australian photographer Jem Cresswell that offers an intimate look at the beauty of humpback whales.

The photos were captured during dives conducted over 3 years in the southern Pacific Ocean as the whales made their annual migration to Tonga. The selection shared in the series was culled from over 10,000 images captured during the dives.

“We only swim with certain whales; snorkelling/free diving with them (no scuba),” Cresswell says in an interview with My Modern Met. “I always enter the water as calmly as possible, keeping my heart rate low and wait to see the behaviour. There are obvious signs if the whales are comfortable, and we will not approach until it is evident they are happy for us to be in the water with them.”

All the photos were captured with a Canon 5DS R24-70mm f/2.8, and 16-35mm f/4, all protected inside an Aquatech underwater camera housing.

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