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Humpback whale taken in Aukes Bay Alaska Aug 2012. This whale suddenly appeared from nowhere and was so close to the boat and with my 100mm - 400mm telephoto I could not zoom out quick enough to get all the tail in Sad
Would appreciate feedback regarding content as I had no time to compose!

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 5D MkII
Lens:EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:21 Aug 2012 - 8:13 PM
Focal Length:400mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.7
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/1000sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Spot
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:So Close!
Username:briantjjones briantjjones
Uploaded:24 Apr 2013 - 12:39 PM
Tags:Landscape / travel, Wildlife / nature
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ugly
ugly e2 Member 6ugly vcard United Kingdom55 Constructive Critique Points
24 Apr 2013 - 12:51 PM

A great image..
Would have like to see all the tail..
Nice work..

Dave

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JacopoR
JacopoR  1 Italy1 Constructive Critique Points
24 Apr 2013 - 12:58 PM

Timeless!

try making it more colourful or giving to it a dramatic look...I don't know if it will be better, but give a try Wink

Jacopo

Last Modified By JacopoR at 24 Apr 2013 - 1:01 PM

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Chinga
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24 Apr 2013 - 1:06 PM

Excellent... I would love to see the full tail... but the water dropping looks very good. IB

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ColleenA
ColleenA e2 Member 2193 forum postsColleenA vcard Australia3 Constructive Critique Points
24 Apr 2013 - 1:18 PM

Wow, what an amazing sight, with nature being so unpredictable we cannot always get the perfect shot, its still stunning well captured!!!!Grin

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24 Apr 2013 - 1:20 PM

great image

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gary_d
gary_d e2 Member 6535 forum postsgary_d vcard Wales13 Constructive Critique Points
24 Apr 2013 - 1:25 PM

You was there and that's what counts, caught out by the unpredictability of nature, very very few will ever get to see this sight and some are complaining that you did not get the whole tail in, unbelievable.

Regards. - gary

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Ted447 e2 Member 157 forum postsTed447 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
24 Apr 2013 - 1:34 PM

Brilliant picture I would not worry about composure just be glad you got it. TedGrinGrin

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johnlw
johnlw e2 Member 7johnlw vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
24 Apr 2013 - 1:57 PM

Excellent capture I think the fact you did not get the whole tail in enfasises scale. Well done.
Regards John.

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10868 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2869 Constructive Critique Points
24 Apr 2013 - 2:12 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Fantastic image. So close you can smell the sea!


I would prefer no vignette, - the shot is slightly under, so it doesnt add anything for me, so I removed most of it. I slightly altered colour balance, a little warmer, and sharpened.
Your original may well be sharper than the version here, as compression may have affected sharpness, so its good to remember to check sharpness after re sizing, and before uploading so you can compensate. This would look great as a print.



Regards



Willie

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cats_123 e2 Member 104023 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
24 Apr 2013 - 3:02 PM

O wow!....have been whale watching a couple of times but all I ever got was freezing cold!!! WinkGrinGrin

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Alda
Alda  146 forum posts United Kingdom27 Constructive Critique Points
24 Apr 2013 - 4:53 PM

I like that you can't see the whole tail. It makes it different from usual wale shots. I love this GrinGrinGrin

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Mike43
Mike43 e2 Member 3Mike43 vcard England15 Constructive Critique Points
25 Apr 2013 - 7:30 AM

Well shot in the short time you seem to have had, I would be happy just to be there.
Mike.

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