Whale watching

Discussion in 'Nature' started by kevinparis, Feb 25, 2013.

  1. kevinparis

    kevinparis Cantankerous Scotsman

    Feb 12, 2010
    Gent, Belgium
    had the wonderful opportunity to go whale watching in Maui... an amazing experience.... and tricky to capture with the camera... but here are some of my efforts.

    OMD with pana 45-200, oly 75 and maybe the 12-50 kit zoom.

    It is tricky shooting on a moving boat...and actually I think i would recommend not shooting at the longest focal length ... as it is tricky to frame at that magnification... and if the wales are 100 yards away they end up at featureless black lumps any way. If they get close you will want something wider!

    Hats off to the Nation Geographical guys who do this stuff for a living

    P2230027 by kevinparis, on Flickr

    P2240039 by kevinparis, on Flickr

    P2240048 by kevinparis, on Flickr

    a couple more here... which I may add to later

    whales - a set on Flickr

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  2. zettapixel

    zettapixel Mu-43 Veteran

    Aug 12, 2010
    Impressive shots! Looks like you got pretty close to them.
  3. kevinparis

    kevinparis Cantankerous Scotsman

    Feb 12, 2010
    Gent, Belgium
    right under the boat at times....sometimes you just stopped shooting and stood amazed... pictures can't capture just how awesome (an overused phrase...but appropriate here :)) these creatures are

  4. Chrisnmn

    Chrisnmn Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 26, 2012
    Auckland, New Zealand
    great shots Kevin!. may i suggest you to get a monopod?. Is this cases when you need em most!. is way smaller than a tripod, not bulky most of the time fits in your bag and you got an extra stabilizer for this situations. Im currently using Sirui P-306. cheap, light, but robust!
  5. kevinparis

    kevinparis Cantankerous Scotsman

    Feb 12, 2010
    Gent, Belgium
    Not sure a monopod would have helped much...was shooting at 1/1600 or 1/2000 sec...the pictures are sharp enough...the problem is the unpredictable move ment of the boat.... And the whales!!!

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  6. kevinparis

    kevinparis Cantankerous Scotsman

    Feb 12, 2010
    Gent, Belgium
    posted the Flickr set on the Get Olympus facebook page....next thing I know Olympus are asking me to use one of the pics on their Facebook page....in the last 18 hours or so got 1100 'likes' and 90 'shares'

    its a funny world this social media thing

  7. GaryAyala

    GaryAyala Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    Very nice, you nailed those Hump's.

  8. davidzvi

    davidzvi Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 12, 2012
    Outside Boston MA
    Awesome shots.
  9. chasm

    chasm Mu-43 Veteran

    Mar 2, 2010

    You did rather better than I did a couple of weeks ago off Newport Beach, CA - here's my best actual whale shot - a majestic fin whale:


    and this is what's known as a whale "footprint" - the patch of "dead" water left when a whale dives:


    It was a marvellous morning out, in any case - and I completely agree about the "sometimes you just stopped shooting and stood amazed"!
  10. spinyman

    spinyman Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Nov 19, 2010
    San Diego
    Really nice Kevin.Which shot does Olympus want to use?