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Whale Watching Adventure #36263
09/04/11 08:44 PM
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Diane Offline OP
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We left Montauk at 6:30 p.m. on August 14th, headed to the Great South Channel, out in the Atlantic Ocean. The weather was crappy, so we went to the Stellwagen Bank, instead. We returned at 10:30 p.m. on August 16th. Between those hours, we saw over 100 distinctly different and identifiable humpback whales. The ocean was just teeming with 40-60 ton animals. It was awesome!! They breached, slapped, bubble fed, blew, and just swam. What amazing and alien creatures! I never quite realized how alien before this trip, even though they are mammals. The trip was with a research vessel associated with CRESLI. Following are a few images.










Re: Whale Watching Adventure [Re: Diane] #36265
09/04/11 10:06 PM
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Those are, incredible. Excellent works. Great timing. Got any more?

Re: Whale Watching Adventure [Re: Marty Everhard] #36266
09/04/11 11:50 PM
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Originally Posted By: Marty Everhard
Those are, incredible. Excellent works. Great timing. Got any more?


I agree with Marty. Great captures. I'm jealous . . . Again!


Jim

Re: Whale Watching Adventure [Re: Marty Everhard] #36267
09/05/11 01:16 AM
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Originally Posted By: Marty Everhard
Those are, incredible. Excellent works. Great timing. Got any more?


I shot about about 2,500 frames in the two days we were on the water. The weather was dicey, and there were times when the boat was pitching in 7-10 feet swells. Honestly, I was wondering when the Coast Guard was going to be called to rescue us. And, because I was holding the camera, I was bracing against the railings with my body. Needless to say, I was ridiculously bruised by the time the trip was over. Lots of images were compromised by movement of the boat, and the skies were not bright, so shooting a faster shutter speeds was difficult, at best. We just fired away at full capacity, sometimes frustratingly filling the camera buffer and forcing a few seconds of down time during critical times. But, I was thrilled with what I got. I was thrilled to be out there. I happily deleted over a thousand frames. Stand by. I'll post a few more. smile

Re: Whale Watching Adventure [Re: Diane] #36268
09/05/11 01:22 AM
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Diane Offline OP
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A few more:








Re: Whale Watching Adventure [Re: Diane] #36270
09/05/11 03:26 AM
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All I can say is wow.....


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Re: Whale Watching Adventure [Re: daveman] #36271
09/05/11 03:30 AM
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Hey Diane,

These are really awesome - shots to be very proud of. Very well done!

James

Re: Whale Watching Adventure [Re: James Morrissey] #36276
09/05/11 03:04 PM
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Diane Offline OP
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Thanks, everyone. For those who may be interested, these were all shot with a Nikon D300, a Sigma 70-200 2.8 OS, and a Sigma 1.4X TC. Sometimes, the whales were too close for that lens setup. I brought my Sigma 50-500 OS, but it never came out of the case. I suppose focal length would have been better, but hand holding that sucker would have cost me way too many images. That lens is for tripod use, only. smile

Re: Whale Watching Adventure [Re: Diane] #36281
09/05/11 05:43 PM
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Great images, Diane, of some incredible animals. Thanks for sharing. Now, I'm really jealous smile.

Jim


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Re: Whale Watching Adventure [Re: Diane] #36318
09/08/11 01:50 AM
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I love every one of these! Thanks for sharing.

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