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Never say never again

Never say never again
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Copyright: Pieter van der Horst (sAner) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-09-13
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Canon EF 28-135 IS USM, Hama UV 72mm
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Tour de Canada
Theme(s): Whales, Orca's, Sharks and Dolphins!, Movietitles [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-01-27 16:00
Viewed: 6380
Favorites: 1 [view]
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After my gf and I had seen THIS Spermwhale in NZ we didn't expect to ever see such an amazing mammal again. Never say never again as only one year later we saw this Humpback Whale as a bonus on our Orca tour.

We went to see Killer Whales (Orca's) on this tour and we saw many, but as a bonus we saw this beautiful Humpback Whale.

Humpback Whales are (+/- 10 metres) smaller than Spermwhales (+/- 15 metres) but we thought this encounter was more spectacular than the first one. In NZ we were on a very large boat with 100+ people. In Canada we boarded a very small boat with only 12 people. We were very close to the water & the Whale and we saw it dive four times in a row. The captain of the boat would place the boat on the spot the Whale had just been before it dove down, so it was a little scary. ;) We were the only boat in sight.

Humpback Whale - Megaptera novaeangliae
General info from: http://www.dec.state.ny.us

The humpback is a chunky, heavy-bodied whale that weighs 30-40 tons (27-36 metric tons) and reaches about 30-60 feet (9-18 m) in length. It is dark gray to black above with white patterns underneath of various size. This species is distinguished from other large whales by a more robust body, fewer throat grooves, a dorsal fin that varies in size and shape, and very long white flippers (up to one-third the total body length). There are knob-like bumps on the head and snout, each holding one stiff hair. This whale is not actually humpbacked, but rather appears so when arching in preparation for a deep dive. Many people know humpbacks for their array of complex vocalizations or "songs" recorded during courtship. These songs can last from 3-40 minutes in duration. Another trademark of the humpback is its array of acrobatic antics including breaching, lobtailing, slapping the tail and waving the flippers in the air.

Exif data-

Shutter Speed: 1/500
F-stop: f/10
Focal length: 135mm
ISO Speed: 100
White Balance Mode: Daylight
Exposure Compensation: -2/3
AF Mode: AI Focus AF
Weather Condition: Sunny
Time: 10:26:11
Tripod: no
Flash: no
Filters: Hama UV Filter

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Hi Pieter,
A very classic whale tail shot that is awesome! Exposure looks spot on. Subtle color with very sharp detail. I got close to these guys in Hawaii, but did not have my zoom then, just a wide angle. I will be going back to attempt this classic shot. SUPERB!

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-01-27 16:45]

Hi Pieter!

Never say never again - so I'm glad that you returned :-) Great return with great subject :-) I like simply and clear composition, blue colours and perfect moment. This must be great feeling to see such animal live!

Hoi Pieter!
Welkom terug. Of is het zoals je in het profiel aangegeven hebt maar voor een enkele keer? Ik ken geen details maar ik vindt dat je er gewoon bij hoort.
Goede walvisstaart. Lekker scherp en mooi van kleur. Goede informatieve note.
Keep going.
Thx en groet, Ruud

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2006-01-27 17:24]

Hi Pieter,

Excellent capture and well done on the composition.

I do find the composition weak, I would have gone for the Bottom right third and opening the left top 2/3. Oposite end, in other words. The motion I feel is a diagonal from bottom right to top left.


Hello Pieter and Sandra,

It is great to see a post from you again.

I love the simple mastery of this shot, with its wonderful and implied motion, great water details, and for the memories that it invokes of my experiences...

Superb composition, exposure, and POV.

Well done and thank you!

Hi Pieter.
Tha quality could not be better for this impressing scene.
I wish I was there to see this. Thanks for bringing it to me and for the info too.
Little time for TN lately, but my best regards for you, Felipe.

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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2006-01-27 23:15]

Hello Pieter,
Great to see you posting!
Very nice shot on this wonderful image,
excellent composition and colour.
Very well done and thanks for posting!

Hi, my Friend,
the title is perfect, it's a great to have you back, you have been missed.
As Scott say, it's a classic whale shot. Nise colours and good details. A informative note.
Very well done.

This is much nicer that mine. :) Great classic tail shot, Pieter. I must say that I am very glad to see a post from you here. Great shot.

Hi Peter,
nice you are back with more of your wonderful shots. This one is marvelous and so sharp - I can see every single drop.
Excellent work, thank you very much.
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hi Pieter

Nice to see you back! :-)

Sorry, no time for a proper critique tonight, but enough time to see that this deserves a big green smiley. Thanks.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-01-28 4:45]

Hi Pieter and Sandra, I have never seen these in NZ, but I have in Hervey Bay in Australia. To watch them is such an amazing experience, isn't it? My 35mm photos are not good enough to scan unfortunately because I did get some good views, imho!
I love your composition, it is a view most people look for, so well captured, tfs

Hi, Pieter.
Thing I'm still missing. Wonderful whale shot. Good composition, colors and sharpness.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-01-28 9:26]

Hello Pieter!
First of all,it's very nice to see you here again;)
This is wonderful capture.Exposure is spot on.Lighting,
POV,framing,details and composition are excellent.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2006-01-28 12:28]

Pieter, well done on this beautiful capture. Well exposed and the colors are perfect

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-01-28 14:16]

Hi Pieter,
Many people would do anything to see a sight like this one.
You captured it to perfection. Thanks for sharing it with us.
Just wanted to say hi and let you know that we miss you. : )
Have a great year. : )

Excellent shot of this James Bond submarine disquised as a humpback whale, who would of ever thought? The composition and lighting on this are absolutely beautiful Pieter. :)

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2006-01-28 17:05]

Pieter and Sandra, I've never seen a whale. Thanks a lot for sharing this.

I do enjoy composition and sharpness. Lovely effect upont the water.

Keep on posting, guys.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2006-01-29 2:44]

Excellent. It must be very impressive to see such whale in the real life. I never saw such thing.
Very well done.
Thank you, Pieter. I am happy to see a new post from you. I know that I am too early but I wish you a marvellous trip in Alaska.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-01-29 22:24]

Bonjour Pieter!

Une belle prise de cette baleine un classique,L'éclairage et l'eau qui coule de la queue sont extra.

Félicitations et merci.


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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2006-01-31 21:20]

Hello Pieter!
A classic and simple but effective composition. Great details and nice cool hue.
Best greetings,

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2006-02-02 16:18]

Hello Pieter, I hope your fever gets better quickly. This is a classic shot. Lovley whale tail...not alot I can add!

Well done.

Excellent tail shot from your Humpback excursion Pieter. You've composed it well, showing the whales wake rt nicely, and well positioned in the frame.. Well done MF.
Thank You!

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-02-05 10:19]

Excellent shot, the waterfall coming of the tail fin is amazingly detailed. Crisp and sharp and wonderful composition.

A lovely image Pieter, the blue's are stunning (albeit a tiny bit noisy...).
You are incredibly lucky to have seen such a beast with your own eye's. I did see one last year, but this was at the Natural History Museum *lol*
Superb, thank you for sharing.

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  • zeca Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 373 W: 14 N: 539] (2887)
  • [2006-02-06 22:29]

Nice classic tale shot! Well done framing, excelent exposure, perfect focus and depth! Well done job!

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2006-02-07 13:55]

Mooie Pieter,
Leuk je weer eens te zien. Hoe is het met je side wordt het nog wat? Goede laatse foto trouwens het moment is fantastisch vastgelegd.
gr. jaap

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2006-02-10 19:16]

Hello Pieter,
This is a great capture.
You were very lucky to see this,I hope I get a chance one day.
Excellent work with nice detail and perfect exposure.
Very well done indeed.


Hi, I really admire your photos. You have a beautiful sense of composition in all that I've seen. Very sharp and beautiful colors.

Hi Pieter!
Great photo. I like it! Perfect composition, beautiful colors! Great moment!
TFS ;-)

Wonderful luck you had Pieter! I love the dripping water from the tail and how the color of the sea mimics the color of the sky. Great study in textures. Well seen, TFS!


Hi Pieter. This is a classic shot and I wish it were mine. Excellent capture of just the right moment. I love the water drops streaming off the tail. Great exposure, speed and composition. Very nicely done :)

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-06-18 16:00]

Hi Pieter,
This is a shot I want to be in a position to take, just once in my lifetime. What an experience this must have been and with a max focal length of 135mm you must have been pretty close. Excellent shot, Nice sharp detail, smooth colours and noise-free, great work.

AHA! I've found another one of yours that I hadn't critiqued!
This is such a simple shot that I find it difficult to find an aspect to comment on. Composition is correct, I would say. If the tail were bottom right, you would either crop out the 'wash' or have to zoom right out and the tail would then be too small. Maybe that would work on a large print but not here. I think I would prefer more saturated colours but that's my own preference, there's nothing wrong with it the way it is.

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  • NellyD Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 237 W: 0 N: 445] (1783)
  • [2006-10-07 13:44]

Hoi Pieter,

Wow, ik ben jaloers :-)
Ben zelf ook met een Orcatoer meegeweest, maar helaas, geen orca's of walvissen gezien.
Maar jij was dus " at the right place, at the right time"!
Dat bewijst deze schitterende foto, goed scherp en mooie kleuren, super!

Groetjes, Nel

Wow an amazing oppourtunity to catch this and you did it beautifully fine focus and well timed awsome congrats! rgds Necip.

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  • gazo Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 72 W: 0 N: 13] (91)
  • [2007-01-07 0:46]

Classical one. Beautifull one... Nice shot !!

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