The first pic has been mucking with my head for a few hours something felt wrong.
It's a brilliant photo but look at it this way round.
Mea culpa, I saw in the link it was fliped.
Ah, right, of course. I was confused by it as well, though since I don't know much about sea creatures, I was still impressed. Now it makes sense. Thanks.
The problem with flipping underwater pics is the light is always at the top when you are underwater.
And the bubles rise to the surface.
Interesting that the upside down whale image was displayed that way in the link provided as well - makes me wonder if the original shooter wanted it viewed that way - kind of like some reflections are intriguiging if displayed upside
Hah!! - I was right - here is a quote from the photographer, Rodney Bursiel, from the Scubadiving Magazine displaying the image "upside down".....
"Behind the Shot: After spending an entire day searching for whales, our boat was gifted with a magical encounter with a curious and interactive mother and calf. As the mother hovered at 30 feet, her inquisitive calf would make its way to the surface to breathe, coming in close to inspect each of us. Some of my favorite photos of marine life are shot from behind; here I attempted to create a unique perspective by flipping the image upside down so the whale appears to be floating just above the surface in full breach. Storytelling isn’t always about the reality of what was seen — I hope the image shares with others my take on the mystical world I find myself in each time I dip below the surface."
When I first saw the imge here on Cake, I did see the lighting coming from below the whale, and was wondering how the heck did he get the lighting to come from beneath the water - I knew whales can't really fly when they breach, but the light was "from below" as the image was posted. It does make more sense when viewed correctly that's for certain. I will post a link to an image of mine viewed with the same trick, note the leaves in the upper left corner - https://pathfinder.smugmug.com/Landscapes/Indiana-Scenery-and-Covered/i-Rv8mpLP/A
Fascinating image, Pathfinder. Beautiful too. Why have I never thought of that?
The answer is obvious, surely? You don't stand on your head enough.
I didn’t think of it, I stole it from some one else’s work......
like SJ said great artists do...