2015 International Photography Awards: First Place Winner, Professional Underwater Division. We had been trying to get this shot for several years. We thought that an over/under with a whale in the foreground and the mountains in the background would bring some color and uniqueness to a whale image. When we found this mom and baby sitting in a "resting cycle," we realized that we had an opportunity to give our over/under a try. During a rest cycle, the mother humpback sits still for about 20 minutes and her calf, who can't hold it's breath as long, sits for as long as it can but then has to surface alone for a fresh breath. Typically a baby will surface 2 or 3 times per every 1 breath of moms'. During one of these rest cycles, the baby got real comfortable with John and started mimicking his movements…John would twirl, flip, or dive and so would the whale. After 2 breaths the baby was getting very playful and John was able to get his camera lens half in and half out of the water to compose the whale and the mountains in this one shot. We love the way the wave dipped and kind of lined up with the whale…amazing! One of our favorites, "Maui Keiki" A portion of the profit from this sale will help fund whale research by the Keiki Kohola Project. This photo was taken under NMFS Permit #10018 & 895-1450 during research activities pursuant to this permit.
Pacific Humpback Whale - Au'Au Channel, Maui - Canon 5dMII - 14mm - Subal Housing
The vibrant look comes from ambient light reflecting off of the aluminum and the ink at the same time which results in the most luminescent art you will ever see. The images are so brilliant that people often ask if there are lights behind them! To top it off, the dye-infused aluminum process has unprecedented archival characteristics that will enable your piece to be radiant for the next 150 years.
Both of our aluminum mounting options have a modern feel and look "frame-less" from the front. There is no need for additional framing, they arrive in your hands, ready to hang.
Euro Mount: This option is frame-less when viewed from straight on but has a frame to edge on the back that is visible from the side that is about 1 1/2 inches thick. We use a double metal frame for added support. Default euro mount color is black but is available in silver as well. Please let us know if you would like the silver option. Euro mounts are usually recommended for larger images but they work well for all sizes. In our galleries, most pieces 12 x 18 and above are displayed with euro mounts.
Float Mount: This option looks like it is literally "floating" about a half inch off of the wall. There is a hanger on the back which you can use to hang the image with a nail or picture hanger. Float mounts are usually recommended for smaller sized images but can also work well for most sizes. At our galleries, most pieces 11x14 and smaller are shown with float mounts.
Both options look amazing, let us know if you have any questions. We would love to help!