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Good morning....couldnt seem to wake up this morning and when I did i tried to make coffee and the milk is sour. A great start to the weekSad
We had a wonderful weekend away in Hermanus... I was spoilt by Rob and given a very expensive Burberry handbag, as grateful and happy as i was....i love handbags....i kept thinking that a Nikon D7100 or a super zoom lens would have been money better spent...GrinGrinGrin
We arrived at the hotel....its situated on a cliff above the sea, we looked out the window and I could see 6 whales in the bay (Walker Bay), needless to say i was out in a flash with my camera. This is when lens envy started creepin in...i had a weeny 270mm lens, many had huge lenses. I had to do the best i could. It is not easy capturing whales as as Alex said to me in a note they are mostly underwater. This whale launched itself out of the water.
They are Southern Right whales....this action is called Breaching and is one of the most spectacular behaviours to watch.
V2 is it landing back in the water
V3 a view of the sea
V4 and 5 a few more images of whales
Not my normal standard but wanted to share them....

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D5100 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 G VR
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:21 Sep 2013 - 2:43 PM
Focal Length:270mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/6.3
Aperture:f/10.0
Shutter Speed:1/1250sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:500
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Spot
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:Auto
Title:A whale of a time
Username:ColleenA ColleenA
Uploaded:23 Sep 2013 - 6:32 AM
Tags:Hermanus, Southern Right whales, Wildlife / nature
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S_Psharma
S_Psharma  1 India1 Constructive Critique Points
23 Sep 2013 - 6:47 AM

All images are beautiful but for me v3 is thewinner.

LynneJoyce
LynneJoyce e2 Member 6LynneJoyce vcard United Kingdom97 Constructive Critique Points
23 Sep 2013 - 6:55 AM

Wow, lucky you! Thank you for sharing these.

kuvailija
kuvailija e2 Member 2kuvailija vcard Finland
23 Sep 2013 - 7:02 AM

Hi Colleen ! I havent seen whale images for a long time. I think these are OK,but maybe a longer lens could do wonders . Yes, and 7100 is a great,but relatively small (haa) camera, I know. ( Eisa camera of the year). ---- A nice detail in V1and 2 are the white birds flying above the whales. (seagulls?) _ Have a great beginning of the week , Colleen! GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin ---- Jukka.

CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
23 Sep 2013 - 7:10 AM

What a wonderful sight that must have been, Colleen, so glad you managed to capture these magnificent beasts on camera and share them with us. Carol

Caziwinkles
23 Sep 2013 - 7:16 AM

How fantastic - a lovely set of images Colleen. I agree a longer lens would be handy for this kind of shot. Get it on your Christmas list! Smile

Carol

Hermanus
Hermanus  2 South Africa
23 Sep 2013 - 7:18 AM

Good morning from a sunny but cold Swellendam Colleen !! Great that you had such a good time in Hermanus. Lovely whale photos - I like the view over the bay towards Gansbaai as well !!

ddolfelin
ddolfelin e2 Member 233 forum postsddolfelin vcard Wales1 Constructive Critique Points
23 Sep 2013 - 7:34 AM

Wonderful 'captures' (I hate that term - sounds like you're taking the whale home in your handbag).
How many of us get the chance to see that?
Well done Colleen.
Not just a pretty face.

Nikonuser1
Nikonuser1 e2 Member 1Nikonuser1 vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
23 Sep 2013 - 7:36 AM

A great set Colleen, would love to see thisSmile

Cliff

anglingandyq
23 Sep 2013 - 7:41 AM

Wonderful set Colleen nice timing to capture the whale breaching and i love v3

Andy

NDODS
NDODS e2 Member 32810 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom98 Constructive Critique Points
23 Sep 2013 - 7:51 AM

What a great sight to witness and what a superb one to capture in this great set Colleen..

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin

barbarahirst
barbarahirst e2 Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
23 Sep 2013 - 8:02 AM

whoah!! how lucky were you
and what a wonderful hubby you have...

BURNSIE
BURNSIE e2 Member 525 forum postsBURNSIE vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
23 Sep 2013 - 8:06 AM

Lovely to see and capture these whales, great memories.
You could always leave it a couple of months and trade in the handbag for some Nikon gear Wink
Kindest Regards
Burnsie

ColleenA
ColleenA e2 Member 2155 forum postsColleenA vcard Australia3 Constructive Critique Points
23 Sep 2013 - 8:12 AM

Hey Burnsie....whilst that is a great idea and one that crossed my mind...my husband is too astute for that trick to workGrinGrinGrin

digital_boi
23 Sep 2013 - 8:15 AM

good to see the whales Colleen and it looks like a fine place as shown in V3

Graham GrinGrinGrin

Happy New Week

Jenny-D
Jenny-D e2 Member 4Jenny-D vcard United Kingdom
23 Sep 2013 - 8:22 AM

Great images Colleen, enjoy your handbag SmileSmile
(but remind Rob Christmas is only 92 days away GrinGrinGrin)

Jenny Smile

DicksPics
DicksPics e2 Member 3DicksPics vcard United Kingdom8 Constructive Critique Points
23 Sep 2013 - 8:28 AM

What a beautiful location for taking these lovely images!
Must admit, I'd have preferred a lens to a handbag!WinkWink

Richard

Philip_H
Philip_H  2 United Kingdom
23 Sep 2013 - 8:54 AM

Lovely to see.

P.

canonfan
canonfan  4 United Kingdom
23 Sep 2013 - 9:29 AM

A superb set of images Colleen
Jim

EMJAYCEE
EMJAYCEE e2 Member 5EMJAYCEE vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
23 Sep 2013 - 9:47 AM

This was a difficult task you set yourself Colleen - glad you had a lovely time.Smile
Joan.

richmowil
richmowil e2 Member 5240 forum postsrichmowil vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
23 Sep 2013 - 9:50 AM


Quote: What a beautiful location for taking these lovely images!
Must admit, I'd have preferred a lens to a handbag!WinkWink

Richard

Me Too!!

Great set of images Colleen!!

rontear
rontear e2 Member 11rontear vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
23 Sep 2013 - 10:08 AM

Hope to be seeing similar behaviour but with Humpbacks very soon Colleen !! Would agree about the lens Wink
Ron

Jeddahknight111
Jeddahknight111 e2 Member 2Jeddahknight111 vcard United Kingdom
23 Sep 2013 - 10:28 AM

nice fast action shotSmile Smile

ukgubbi
ukgubbi e2 Member 2ukgubbi vcard India
23 Sep 2013 - 10:31 AM

great set of images. wish you happy anniversary. may you get your desired lens soon

Irishkate
Irishkate e2 Member 3Irishkate vcard United Kingdom73 Constructive Critique Points
23 Sep 2013 - 10:52 AM

Sounds like you have been thoroughly spoiled Colleen.
I've got a Burberry suitcase which I won years ago - we could be seen anywhere now!
However like you, it's camera gear I prefer these days too!
Great images with the lens you had - I do like V3 with some scenery included too.
KateGrinGrinGrin

lonely_oryx
lonely_oryx e2 Member 661 forum postslonely_oryx vcard England54 Constructive Critique Points
23 Sep 2013 - 11:59 AM

Exciting captures

TrevBatWCC
TrevBatWCC e2 Member 6TrevBatWCC vcard England7 Constructive Critique Points
23 Sep 2013 - 12:43 PM

Whale I'll be! I've never seen whales - other than in photos or on TV / films, so lucky you finding this, Colleen Smile A great set! Wink
Trev Smile

GeorgePlatis
GeorgePlatis e2 Member 1GeorgePlatis vcard Greece1 Constructive Critique Points
23 Sep 2013 - 1:36 PM

Beautiful images, Colleen!
George

Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 5Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
23 Sep 2013 - 1:44 PM

Yes, a lens! Can you return the handbag. A great set......Sandy

jdenman
jdenman  6 Spain5 Constructive Critique Points
23 Sep 2013 - 1:44 PM

Think I would have been rooted to the spot if I saw just one in the wild, another amazing creature. Super shots, love the 3rd image. Maybe the next handbag will be that D7100 with a 500mm lens stuck on the front Grin Grin Grin Grin ...............John

taggart
taggart e2 Member 942 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
23 Sep 2013 - 1:47 PM

Wonderful scene, not sure you would have captured more with the bigger lens, unless a tripod, etc-- enough to remember!

williamsloan
williamsloan e2 Member 3williamsloan vcard Northern Ireland1 Constructive Critique Points
23 Sep 2013 - 3:20 PM

great images well captured.


billy

ali63
ali63 e2 Member 2474 forum postsali63 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
23 Sep 2013 - 3:24 PM

Wow colleen, these images are so special.

Ali SmileSmile

JuBarney
JuBarney e2 Member 3JuBarney vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
23 Sep 2013 - 5:18 PM

A lovely set and it looks a beautiful spot.
(At least 270mm is better than 150mm!)
Ju

AlexAppleby
23 Sep 2013 - 6:07 PM

I know all about lens envy Colleen - I was stood between two guys with the most enormous lenses in a hide the other day and I felt pretty small (even though I've got a 500mm and I thought I was pretty cool until then)! Still the trick is in the shot and you've certainly done well - getting a whale breaching is very difficult as you never know when or where it's going to pop up, and chances are it'll be wherever your lens is not! I doubt anybody could have done better than your landscape!

ValeryAst
ValeryAst  1 Russian Federation
23 Sep 2013 - 6:19 PM

Wow! I really envy you, Colleen!!!!Smile
But nothing can be done ... Tomorrow I'll go to take pictures of jumping of tadpoles out of the water ...WinkLol
Regards Valery

Last Modified By ValeryAst at 23 Sep 2013 - 6:24 PM
Mike_Smith
Mike_Smith e2 Member 7116 forum postsMike_Smith vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
23 Sep 2013 - 6:30 PM

Just remembered Colleen, i have forgot to put my Rhino picture up for you, i will have to put it up tommorow now, sorry. I love your Whale pictures your so lucky to see these, and the seascape in V3 is beautiful too

leontari
leontari e2 Member 1leontari vcard Greece
23 Sep 2013 - 6:36 PM

A superb set of images Colleen. V3 has to be my fav today. It is so beautiful!!
Effrossini

jaktis
jaktis e2 Member 1080 forum postsjaktis vcard Sweden
23 Sep 2013 - 8:09 PM

Magnificient animals

Peter

Holmewood
Holmewood e2 Member 1Holmewood vcard United Kingdom
23 Sep 2013 - 8:41 PM

Lovely set Colleen. Lucky you. Cathy

kathrynlouise
kathrynlouise e2 Member 2364 forum postskathrynlouise vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
23 Sep 2013 - 9:37 PM

Hi Colleen. What an amazing sight to witness Grin
Every girl deserves alittle spoiling, enjoy the burberry handbag and put the camera on the xmas list WinkWink
Fabulous captures GrinGrin

Kathryn

WesternRed
WesternRed e2 Member 3WesternRed vcard Australia
24 Sep 2013 - 1:38 AM

A lovely set of captures. Well done Colleen.
WesternRed.

handlerstudio
handlerstudio e2 Member 2handlerstudio vcard United States5 Constructive Critique Points
24 Sep 2013 - 5:08 AM

Great set and sequence, Colleen. I understand lens envy, though you did well with what you had. And they do not hang around to hold poses.

Peter

Lynniesefforts
Lynniesefforts e2 Member 3Lynniesefforts vcard Australia
24 Sep 2013 - 10:16 AM

So envious of you capturing these images...I havent been fortunate enough to see whales yet...but one day !!

Great shots Colleen...Grin

Lynette Grin

prabhusinha
prabhusinha e2 Member 6prabhusinha vcard India3 Constructive Critique Points
24 Sep 2013 - 2:01 PM

You became a brand ambassador of 18/270mm lens. cool.

BIGRY1
BIGRY1 e2 Member 2BIGRY1 vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
24 Sep 2013 - 4:18 PM

It must've been a great experience seeing these. I hope you get plenty of enjoyment out of your new bagWink
Ryan

Ayoob
Ayoob e2 Member 3Ayoob vcard Australia
25 Sep 2013 - 2:33 PM

Great set of images - like them all.........Grin

Potra
Potra e2 Member 1Potra vcard Venezuela
25 Sep 2013 - 9:52 PM

Loved your set of images. Your weenie is very effective my dear, size doesn't matter (hat much)... BlushWink
M

Chinga
Chinga e2 Member 3Chinga vcard United Kingdom
26 Sep 2013 - 6:11 AM

Breathtaking images... Love them all, but V4 is special!She is just put her head out to have a good look at you! Grin
My compliments! IB

Last Modified By Chinga at 26 Sep 2013 - 6:12 AM
Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8231 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
2 Oct 2013 - 6:36 PM

A super set Colleen. You could always auction that handbag on ebay as you no doubt have plenty others!Wink It's a pity it wasn't a Hermes Birkin as selling that would raise considerable funds to buy a new camera and the equipment to go with it!Grin

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