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Updating Whale Portfolio

It has been a long time since I updated my whale portfolio, this will change over the next few weeks.

Killer Whale Photo Backlit Spout

Large killer whale male (Orcinus orca) spouting close to Sointula Island, British Columbia, Canada

It is strange how life goes sometimes. When I started out as a professional photographer I got hooked on marine mammals very early, especially whales. In my early days as a professional photographer I spent much of my time along the west coast of North America. One day I had my first experience with killer whales from a kayak in Johnstone Strait and since then I'm fanatic about photographing the northern resident killer whales (Orcinus orca) which can be found of Vancouver Island North in British Columbia, Canada.

Over many years I built up my Orca portfolio, I was shooting a S-16mm movie about them and that for it became one of my strongest portfolios. Over the years I met many great people on northern Vancouver Island which made me come back year after year. Well, till I finally decided to make the big move from Germany to a small community on northern Vancouver Island, Hyde Creek which is only a few km away from Port McNeill and Telegraph Cove.

After I settled here briefly I met my wife Michelle from New Zealand, fortunately she decided to come with me so she also made a very big move from New Zealand to Canada, where we finally also immigrated.

My whale portfolio was always the backbone of my photography and here fore also part of our income. Given the very small market we had to market more of my other photos in order to survive. I was still shooting whales at that time too but never had the time to show my newer shots simply because there was no real demand for orca photos.

Last night I was thinking about what I should show on my Google+ Profile to the world so I went into my archive and made a random pick - a northern resident killer whale male which I believe belongs to the A12 family, most likely it is A38. I shot many ID images for research over the years but never had the time to "study" the individual animals. As I'm not really good with ID' ing those beautiful sea animals I wonder if someone out there can help me with that.

Anyway, my blog is getting waaaay to long again - all I actually wanted to say is that I will update my whale portfolio's over the next couple of weeks and month. It has been over 6 years that I showed some of my new whale photos and this will change now, starting today.

I love to share my new photos here on my new blog as well as on Google+. I'm very proud of my killer whale portfolio because it is deep, shows the animals in many different ways, different moods and also in their natural habitat.

Here you can find some of my newer and updated Orca whale (killer whale) photos with more to come soon.

I hope you enjoy it - feel free to leave me a comment - I appreciate every single one and it motivates me to share more of my photos with you. Thanks for taking the time to read all this - you won't believe how hard it is for a German to write a blog in English so please excuse my typos and grammatically mistakes.



Author: Rolf Hicker - 2011-09-29
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