Came back recently from an Alaskan cruise... Equipped with my 1D4 and 400L DO IS, I took a 'photographic' excursion specifically to find wildlife in-and-around Auke Bay, Alaska... Camera/Lens were still in my backpack while the other 'togs in the group had their equipment out changing settings, reviewing images, and taking a few snapshots before the excursion left the port...IMAGE LINK: http://www.flickr.com/photos/airbutchie/9647319164/ Double Plumes!!!
On the boat and en route to our first location, the guide (also a photographer) calls out a pod of whales on the starboard side... The boat slows down and the eight other 'togs start snapping away... I barely unzip my backpack and remove my setup when the the guide yells, "HOLY F'N SH!!!T"... Needless to say I was a bit startled and surprised by the comment... I figure he's seen about every lens imaginable while giving this tours for several years...
Now I'm felling embarrassed as the other 'togs stop snapping and glance towards me and momentarily stop taking pictures... Eeekksss... But that changed, soon enough, as plumes start bellowing out of the whales we were all trying to capture... Throughout the rest of the photo tour, several comments arise including:
"Can you see the details of the whale's spout?"
"I bet you can see the Mars with that thing..."
"Please try not to scare the bald eagles away with that thing..."
"Can you please lower your shutter burst, I'm feeling inadequate around you..."
All rather amusing, but I still got a kick off the tour guides comment... Hahaha...
PS. Here's the snapshot of the first set of whales we encountered...
, on Flickr