We had a string of murky water days, a huge algae bloom (can’t confirm exactly what it was or cause). It meant that the photos were junk unless the whales came within arms reach of you. And then, an opportunity. Jellyfish bloom. They were scattered around. We had joked about getting photos of jellyfish and whales together but everything has to line up. Two days of jellyfish everywhere but not many whale encounters. I even got stung on my lips. And then day three, i saw it. A jelly, drifting near the whales. I had one chance. Not wanting to disturb the resting calf and mother, I let all the air out of my lungs to sink without moving my limbs, dropping slowly into the depths, my empty lungs compressing. Focusing underwater with thousands of particles is very difficult. There was no time to swap my camera’s focus setting, and as the jellyfish drifted in the current, I wondered if my opportunity was drifting with it. It’s not fun holding your breath when you have no air in your lungs and no time to breathe up. A few photos and I was done. Desperate for air I kicked up to the surface. For every great photograph we make, there’s many more that failed. When I first got my underwater housing, i cut off the top of 90 % of shots, trying to frame without the viewfinder. This one is definitely not perfect but it is one of my favorite from this season. Two very different species passing by, possibly not even aware of the other. If you want to join me next year free diving with humpbacks (and jellyfish if we’re lucky) check our in link in bio.