A whale of a time

By ColleenA
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....

Tags: Hermanus Wildlife and nature Southern Right whales

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S_Psharma 5 1 India
23 Sep 2013 6:47AM
All images are beautiful but for me v3 is thewinner.

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LynneJoyce Plus
10 20 99 United Kingdom
23 Sep 2013 6:55AM
Wow, lucky you! Thank you for sharing these.
23 Sep 2013 7:02AM
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 11 199 20 Greece
23 Sep 2013 7:10AM
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 5 3 1 United Kingdom
23 Sep 2013 7:16AM
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

Hermanus 5 4 South Africa
23 Sep 2013 7:18AM
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 Plus
6 103 3 Wales
23 Sep 2013 7:34AM
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 Plus
5 153 16 United Kingdom
23 Sep 2013 7:36AM
A great set Colleen, would love to see thisSmile

23 Sep 2013 7:41AM
Wonderful set Colleen nice timing to capture the whale breaching and i love v3

NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
23 Sep 2013 7:51AM
What a great sight to witness and what a superb one to capture in this great set Colleen..

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
23 Sep 2013 8:02AM
whoah!! how lucky were you
and what a wonderful hubby you have...
BURNSIE 9 25 4 England
23 Sep 2013 8:06AM
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
ColleenA Plus
5 367 6 Australia
23 Sep 2013 8:12AM
Hey Burnsie....whilst that is a great idea and one that crossed my mind...my husband is too astute for that trick to workGrinGrinGrin
23 Sep 2013 8:15AM
good to see the whales Colleen and it looks like a fine place as shown in V3

Graham GrinGrinGrin

Happy New Week
23 Sep 2013 8:22AM
Great images Colleen, enjoy your handbag SmileSmile
(but remind Rob Christmas is only 92 days away GrinGrinGrin)

Jenny Smile
23 Sep 2013 8:28AM
What a beautiful location for taking these lovely images!
Must admit, I'd have preferred a lens to a handbag!WinkWink

23 Sep 2013 8:54AM
Lovely to see.

23 Sep 2013 9:29AM
A superb set of images Colleen
9 10 10 England
23 Sep 2013 9:47AM
This was a difficult task you set yourself Colleen - glad you had a lovely time.Smile
richmowil Plus
9 352 2 England
23 Sep 2013 9:50AM

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


Me Too!!

Great set of images Colleen!!
rontear Plus
15 8 8 England
23 Sep 2013 10:08AM
Hope to be seeing similar behaviour but with Humpbacks very soon Colleen !! Would agree about the lens Wink
23 Sep 2013 10:28AM
nice fast action shotSmile Smile
ukgubbi 6 5 India
23 Sep 2013 10:31AM
great set of images. wish you happy anniversary. may you get your desired lens soon
Irishkate Plus
7 41 114 United Kingdom
23 Sep 2013 10:52AM
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.
lonely_oryx 10 61 55 England
23 Sep 2013 11:59AM
Exciting captures
TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
23 Sep 2013 12:43PM
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
23 Sep 2013 1:36PM
Beautiful images, Colleen!
Daisymaye Plus
9 23 16 Canada
23 Sep 2013 1:44PM
Yes, a lens! Can you return the handbag. A great set......Sandy
jdenman 10 18 5 Spain
23 Sep 2013 1:44PM
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 Plus
13 47 13 United States
23 Sep 2013 1:47PM
Wonderful scene, not sure you would have captured more with the bigger lens, unless a tripod, etc-- enough to remember!
great images well captured.

ali63 Plus
6 775 1 United Kingdom
23 Sep 2013 3:24PM
Wow colleen, these images are so special.

Ali SmileSmile
JuBarney 7 26 3 United Kingdom
23 Sep 2013 5:18PM
A lovely set and it looks a beautiful spot.
(At least 270mm is better than 150mm!)
23 Sep 2013 6:07PM
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!
23 Sep 2013 6:19PM
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
Mike_Smith Plus
10 490 1 United Kingdom
23 Sep 2013 6:30PM
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
23 Sep 2013 6:36PM
A superb set of images Colleen. V3 has to be my fav today. It is so beautiful!!
jaktis 14 84 Sweden
23 Sep 2013 8:09PM
Magnificient animals

23 Sep 2013 8:41PM
Lovely set Colleen. Lucky you. Cathy
23 Sep 2013 9:37PM
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

A lovely set of captures. Well done Colleen.
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.

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
24 Sep 2013 2:01PM
You became a brand ambassador of 18/270mm lens. cool.
6 3 8 United Kingdom
24 Sep 2013 4:18PM
It must've been a great experience seeing these. I hope you get plenty of enjoyment out of your new bagWink
Ayoob 7 Australia
25 Sep 2013 2:33PM
Great set of images - like them all.........Grin
Potra 5 Venezuela
25 Sep 2013 9:52PM
Loved your set of images. Your weenie is very effective my dear, size doesn't matter (hat much)... BlushWink
Chinga Plus
7 3 1 United Kingdom
26 Sep 2013 6:11AM
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
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
2 Oct 2013 6:36PM
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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