In this first swim I had with a mother and calf, I was shocked at how the calf swam close to the small group of snorkelers - and though I only got part of the calf's body, I was thrilled to capture that much as well as I did as the calf swam close to me and near the surface. Note that I post both the raw, unedited image and the same image using Adobe Photoshop Smartfix, which adjusts the colors a bit for contrast. I'm happy with either version!
Same calf, turning to go back down:
Yes, a bit disappointing in quality - but the experience was incredible! And, over the next few days, I managed to become a better camera operator, and was lucky enough to have some long swims pretty close up, so I have far, far, FAR better mom and calf pics to come as I have time to post them!
These are a few shots of the calf swimming deeper down - again, less than ideal framing, and I actually had to crop out the cameras of some of my trip mates who were also trying to take pictures, but still, I managed to capture the calf well enough to remember him or her!
I was convinced after this that swimming with a mother and calf was in fact really possible - and also thrilling in a way I've yet to find adequate words to describe. The remaining days of the trip offered several other chances, and each swim/drop is different. More to come!