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Kaikoura Whale Tail

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The 'money shot' of a long and expensive tourist attraction on the east coast of the south island of New Zealand. You pay $130 or so (a little under 50 pounds) and sit on a boat for two hours in the hope of seeing one of these magnificent creatures (Sperm Whale apparently). When you do, it looks like a log in the water for 10 minutes and then it dives, which takes around 5 seconds, and this is the shot everyone gets. The postcards back on land are invariably better exposed and composed and cost about $127 less!! Apart from the motion sickness on the boat, I enjoyed it anyway!.

Camera:Canon EOS D60
Lens:300mm f4 L IS
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Kaikoura Whale Tail
Username:daveb daveb
Uploaded:11 Jul 2008 - 11:42 AM
Tags:Kaikoura whale new zealand, Wildlife / nature
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LynneJoyce
LynneJoyce e2 Member 6LynneJoyce vcard United Kingdom99 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jul 2008 - 12:09 PM

I love the story, and the picture. We spent two Portsmouth Bilbao ferry trips looking for cretaceans and only saw the spume from a sperm whale at a distance. Your picture is precious because you were there.

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jove
jove e2 Member 6jove vcard United Kingdom
11 Jul 2008 - 1:03 PM

Super image, simply beautiful.
I am so jealous.
Vee.

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mrsvee
mrsvee e2 Member 6mrsvee vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jul 2008 - 1:04 PM

sorry that should read Joe.

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User_Removed
11 Jul 2008 - 1:55 PM

Go to the Azores. Closer, cheaper and a hugely more rewarding experience than shrink-wrapped-overhyped Kaikoura Grin

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Silverzone
Silverzone e2 Member 7Silverzone vcard England
11 Jul 2008 - 4:44 PM

I agree we sometimes spend a lot of time and money chasing our dream shot but the experience will stay with you for a long time. I stayed ashore at Kaikoura and got some wonderful shots of young seals playing in rock pools. Also took a cheap boat ride to see Hector Dolphins. Sylvia

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