Photographer Takes Amazing Shots of Whales, their Babies, and All Other Marine Wonders
Living in Sydney, Australia, Rita Kluge, a freelance photographer, travels around the world, capturing the beauty of the ocean and what it still holds beneath the waves. Each of her photos shows us a gorgeous glimpse of what lies just beneath the surface, and in recent years Kluge got more close and personal whit the giants of the world, the whales, and their babies. She captures the calves’ playful nature and personality, exploring their strong bond they share with their mothers.
Though she calls herself a photographer and believes it to be her calling, she is also multi-versed in a lot of other things. She also works as a physiotherapist, is an instructor in Wing Chun King Fu, and practices snowboarding, surfing, and water skiing among other things. But what she likes to do the most is to capture the life of the ocean. And lately, she took an interest in young whales.
Last year, she traveled to Tonga and arrived there in winter. This was the time of the South Pacific’s humpback calving season – and she took advantage of the fortunate turn of events in her photographic favor.
“I had a totally unreal moment when a 4 meter humpback calf, about 2-3 months old, was going straight towards me,” she shared with The Guardian. “I thought, wow, that’s cool! Then he stopped right in front of me and I started to giggle. He was standing upright. He looked like he was asking: ‘Hey will you play with me?’”
While her trip resulted in stunning, award-winning shots of whales and others—she received multiple accolades from National Geographic and The Weekend Australian—her interactions with the gentle giants were worth so much more.
“To look into a whale’s eye is life-changing and humbling,” she says. “You stop photographing and wave to them just to say thank you. It’s emotional, maybe like a blessing. You just have to go and see yourself.”
Half tropical paradise/ half gentle giants. I love Tonga!! Today was another unbelievable day and the weather so pristine……I am here with @whalesunderwater and very excited to be a guest host photographer next week . Thanks to our whaleguide @pxlexplorer and guest host @emmarowankelly just amazing?? #whalesunderwater16 #whalesunderwater #tonga#swimwithwhales #bucketlist#canon_photos
There are moments which happen under the sea. Moments which just keep me literally speechless or airless, as I definitely stop breathing for quite a while just to take this moment in while capturing beauty tenderness love here in our ocean……@whalesunderwater did it again for me best company Darren rocks! And our whaleguide @pxlexplorer who takes pics herself check her out awesome work #whalesunderwater16 #whalesunderwater #swimmingwithwhales #madeofocean #marine #canon_photos #5Dsr and my new fisheye lens 8-15mm I love it!!!
One of our guests @jaymgreiner took this one of me diving through a baitball at @whalesunderwater how lucky am I to get a shot like this? you rock @jaymgreiner ・・・repost On our way back to the harbor we took a slight detour and finished the day off in a cave swarming with scales and fins. Savored every minute of it. #swallowscave #whalesunderwater16 #freediving
WOW!!! The Guardian ❗️❗️❗️ look @whalesunderwater @dolphinpacific ?@guardian with @repostapp ・・・ “You’re kind of in a trance, like a dream. It’s not like the polluted or busy world we live in. It’s just pristine and quiet and pretty and still.” @kluge_photo on what it feels like underwater in places like Swallows Cave, Tonga. Photo: Rita Kluge #diving #divinglife #diver #freediving #freediver #underwater #sealife #underwaterworld #marinelife #underwaterworld #ocean #fishpeople #tonga #swallowscave
• Hey! Will you play with me?? So so super lucky aren’t we to be able to be part of our planets wildlife. Thank you @darrenjew for letting me share the wonders. It’s an honour to be a guest host for you @whalesunderwater thank you for your trust. Cant wait till next year to come.R. • • • • • • @whalesunderwater #humpbackwhale #swimmingwithhumpbackwhales #whalesunderwater #whalesunderwater16 #canon #5dsr #madeofocean #conservation #wildlife #marine #ocean #missionblue #marineconservation #canonaustralia #aquatica #canon_photos