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Feb 13, 2013 00:49 |  #1

Just got back from Maui where we spent most of our time out on the water trying to photograph whales. We call this type of photography a crap shoot because we have to shoot a lot of crap to get anything decent :)
But this older calf gave us quite a show (imagine a nearly 4000 lb. puppy about 15 feet long frolicking in the water) & while we did experience quite a few full grown whales breeching, we think the calves are the most fun.


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Feb 13, 2013 00:51 |  #2

Full breach; very nice! Looks like it was a fun trip


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Feb 13, 2013 00:53 |  #3

I remember the first and last time I went, I felt so sea sick. Great pics!


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Feb 13, 2013 05:24 |  #4

Lucky you...great shots!


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Feb 13, 2013 05:51 |  #5

Awesome shots Maureen! What a treat to see!


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Feb 14, 2013 17:17 |  #6

Yeah! It looks like you got what you were looking for. Congratulations and till next year??


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Feb 14, 2013 17:35 |  #7

great shots




  
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Feb 14, 2013 18:46 as a reply to  @ Brent62's post |  #8

WOW. Worth a 1000 wasted shots to get these.


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Feb 14, 2013 20:49 |  #9

Beautiful!!



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Feb 14, 2013 23:12 |  #10

Snydremark wrote in post #15604581 (external link)
Full breach; very nice! Looks like it was a fun trip

Yes! We have been avid whale watchers for nearly 20 years & it never gets old.

aerok wrote in post #15604584 (external link)
I remember the first and last time I went, I felt so sea sick. Great pics!

We were out in a small raft rocking & rolling but I love it like that :) Thanks.

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Lucky you...great shots!

CMOats wrote in post #15604899 (external link)
Awesome shots Maureen! What a treat to see!

Yes! We saw over 100 breeches this trip :)

meh_meli wrote in post #15610796 (external link)
Yeah! It looks like you got what you were looking for. Congratulations and till next year??

No doubt we would see the action, Kev... but there is always doubt about getting it captured on cameras :)

Brent62 wrote in post #15610859 (external link)
great shots

Thanks!

Hitthespot wrote in post #15611066 (external link)
WOW. Worth a 1000 wasted shots to get these.

Luckily, I got these early on in the trip so if nothing else popped up, I knew i had something. But, I got lucky & brought home about 60 good action shots. It is always luck with Nature; no skill involved. ;)

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Beautiful!!

Thanks, Tammy. When they were swimming right under my feet, they took my breath away. It is only then you realize how massive & beautiful they are close-up.


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Feb 15, 2013 16:35 |  #11

Maureen Souza wrote in post #15611820 (external link)
Thanks, Tammy. When they were swimming right under my feet, they took my breath away. It is only then you realize how massive & beautiful they are close-up.

I can only imagine how amazing that was! This is a sight I would love to see at some point!



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Feb 15, 2013 20:43 as a reply to  @ TammyC's post |  #12

Bright sun and water...have you tried CLP's ..just a thought...




  
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Feb 15, 2013 22:10 |  #13

Yes and I hate the results. Too dark, too blue and the dark color of the whale gets to where you can't see any details. This is nature shooting; and you never know when a whale will appear or breech. Plus you are in a rocking raft holding up heavy gear for hours so just getting a shot like this is a lot of luck factors.


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Feb 15, 2013 22:24 as a reply to  @ Maureen Souza's post |  #14

Hmm, I see. Very challenging conditions.... How do you anticipate when the whale surfaces? Do you see it coming? Looks fascinating:)




  
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Feb 16, 2013 01:26 |  #15

I don't anticipate it: here is proof. A huge male breeched right in front of me & I hit the shutter so fast it did not have time to lock the focus.


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:( So sad to have a monster whale come up 70 feet from you & miss the shot. Some people on the back of the raft never even saw it. It is always a surprise which is why I feel fortunate to get anything at all. And also, this was the only shot that I missed completely. Even though this monster female breeched away from us, I still caught her power in the shot plus if she had breeched towards us, I would not be typing this :)

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