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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, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Tour de Canada
Theme(s): Photos with titles of songs, Whales, Orca's, Sharks and Dolphins!, Baby Animals 4, Fauna of ANTARCTICA and Oceans [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-02-18 14:01
Viewed: 6758
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 62
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Orca (Orcinus orca), also known as the Killer Whale, is the largest member of the oceanic dolphin family. It is the second-most widely distributed mammal on Earth (after humans) and is found in all the world's oceans. It is also a versatile predator, eating fish, turtles, birds, seals, sharks and even other juvenile and small cetaceans. This puts the Orca at the pinnacle of the marine food chain. The orca also attacks whales, in particular Gray Whales.

A former name for the species is Grampus. This is now seldom used and should not be confused with the Grampus genus (containing Risso's Dolphin).

The name "Orca" (plural "Orcas") was originally given to these animals by the ancient Romans, possibly borrowed from the Greek word ὄρυξ which (among other things) referred to a species of whale.

The name "killer whale" is widely used in common English. However since the 1960s "orca" has steadily grown in popularity as the common name to identify the species and is now more popular than the traditional name amongst those in the field.

There are several reasons for the change. First, having the word whale in the name of a species that is really a dolphin causes confusion. Second, the species is called orca in most other European languages and, as there has been a steady increase in the amount of international research on the species, there has been a convergence in naming.

Furthermore, the killer in "killer whale" is often wrongly assumed to imply that the creature is a killer of humans, an attitude amplified by an unfortunate movie seeking to capitalize from the buzz from Jaws (1975). Orca: The Killer Whale (1977) starred Richard Harris and Bo Derek. It is thought this long standing and often fearful reputation can be put to rest by using the more neutral name of orca.

A pod of Orcas is capable of taking down a large whale. It is commonly thought that 18th-century Spanish sailors dubbed these creatures asesina-ballenas, or "whale killer" for this reason. However, this title was improperly translated into English as "killer whale". The term became so prevalent that Spanish speakers commonly used its retranslation of ballena asesina.

All information from: Wikipedia.org
Exif data-

Shutter Speed: 1/400
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: 13:44:06
Tripod: no
Flash: no
Filters: Hama UV Filter

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-02-18 14:07]

Hello Pieter!
Very nice capture.Colors,sharpness,clear details are
wonderful.Maybe framing is a little tight,and would
be pretty if you could give a more space behind the
whales.Excellent work and I liked it a lot.
Have a nice weekend and TFS...:-)

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-02-18 14:08]

Oh my gosh, Pieter. I would have given my eyeteeth to witness (not to mention photograph) this scene. I have been up to British Columbia and the Seattle area many times and have hoped to see some Orcas, but have not yet been accorded the privilege. What a thrill! Thank you for sharing this fantastic scene. which BTW, is excellently executed. : )

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-02-18 14:27]

Hi Pieter,
Such a sense of serenity with this shot. Excellent detail and good exposure, nice composition. I would love to be able to photograph scenes like this!

Hi Pieter,

What a beautiful photograph!Liked not only the Orcas, but even the water equally. Whew!

TFS, Kiran

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-02-18 14:52]

Hello Pieter,
the colors and sharpness are amazing, wonderful composition.

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  • reina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 257 W: 1 N: 330] (2032)
  • [2006-02-18 14:53]

Hoi Pieter, erg leuk weer een posting van jou/jullie terug te zien. Naast dat dit fantastische dieren zijn, komt het water inderdaad prachtig uit op deze foto.
Erg mooi.
Nog een goed weekend en blijf posten.
Groet Reina

A very beautiful image. Sublime lighting and strong composition. A great subject matter to see and photograph, lucky you to witness it and well done for a fine shot!


Hoi Pieter,

Erg mooie foto. Je hebt meer geluk gehad op de Orca tocht dan dat ik die had. Wij hadden behoorlijk ruig weer. Is dit een foto van de Orca familie die in de baai blijft of een passerende familie?

This is stunning composition, Pieter, with a graceful and harmonious connection between these wonderful orcas and their environment.

Excellent details, colors, POV, exposure and most importantly IMHO, viewing pleasure...

Thank you for sharing!

Have yourself a very great weekend.

Hi Pieter,
Excellent shot on this pair of Orca's. Amaingly clear and detailed. I love the color and texture of the water. I know they are related to dolphins, but having been very close with one of these at Sea World, You can see why they get the whale tag...They are very large!

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-02-18 22:29]

Hi Pieter, a lovely mother'n'child capture. It is beautiful, nice and sharp and the colours of the water are so real. Personally, I would like to see more space at the back where we know the mother's tail must be in the water.
I especially like the reflections of the fins in the water.
Well done,

Hi Pieter...
Excellent: Composition, POV, colours, sharpness, details, textures.
Judgement: Superb.
Pablo -

Hej Pieter,
this is a very good picture, you even manage to get reflections of the dorsal fins. The water is beautiful, nice colours and soft.
WEll composed, good POV and details.
Great work, my friend.

Hello Pieter

You have done a splendid job here. Lovely calm day. Good sharpness and clarity. I like the reflection of the fins across the water. Nice work. TFS.

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2006-02-19 5:19]

Hello Pieter,
A very nice capture.
The whole scene is very pleasing to view,I wish I was there to see them myself.
I love the calmness and colour of the water.
A quality shot.
Well done,TFS

It's great to see a post from you again Pieter,
Well captured, it must have been quite an experience to get so close. The water looks so calm. Good image and good notes to accompany it.
Thanks for posting, enjoy the end of the weekend.

Cool shot of these two "side by side" Pieter.
I like the points of light you've picked up off their sides..Well done!

Hi Pieter,
Fantastic capture with great composition,
Very nice texture of the water, excellent sharpness.
Thanks for sharing!

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2006-02-22 21:58]

Pieter, excellent sharpness and colors.

I do enjoy the effect upon the water.

Great pov in this very pleasing image.

Hi Pieter

Good photo and one of the most interesting and useful notes I've ever read. I always thought they were a whale, not a dolphin. I don't remember Bo Derek in the film, although I do remember Charlotte rampling. Anyway, to the photo...

I assume there wasn't any more detail on the left of the frame or you would have included it, I would have liked to have seen more, and perhaps the orcas lower in the frame, more towards the bottom left corner. Others may disagree.
I think it's a little over-sharpened as well, there is a halo around the fins and to be honest, there is little in the photo that would benefit from sharpening anyway, both the water and the orca's are smooth.



Very nice crisp killer shot of the orcas the lighting is absolutely perfect. :)

Lovely shot!
Water looks amazing and the orcas are nicely placed in the frame. Picture has very good details and lovely colours.
I like it!

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2006-02-27 14:37]

"We ain't got a barrel of money, We may look ragged and funny...But we're travelin' on...
Singing our song...Side by side"

Hello Pieter, nice shot. I like the atmosphere and the lighting. Well done.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2006-02-27 21:57]

Very good.
Thank you, Pieter.
Sorry, I have no time today to write complete comments.
Very well done. Well deserved icon.

"Nature never repeats herself, and the possibilities of one human soul will never be found in another." ~ Elizabeth Cady Stanton ~

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-03-06 7:04]

Wow ! What a wonderful aquatic composition that you have very well done ! I image you pleasure to see this pair. I also appreciate the complementary note... Congratulations Pieter and thanks for sharing.

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  • zeca Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 373 W: 14 N: 539] (2887)
  • [2006-03-08 13:31]

Hey Pieter! Nice capture! I would like to see it one day to have a chance to shot it. You did it well, with nice colours and sharpness! I like the reflections! Cheers!

Wonderful image, I can't believe the unusual appearance of the water. If the whales weren't in it I would think it was a timed exposure. Exquisitely done, Pieter, I'm envious of your trip!


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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2006-04-09 12:53]

Hello Pieter,
Nice tandem. Good focus, clear colours!
Best greetings,

Hi, Pieter.
Nice capture. Lovely pair. Sharp. And very nice soft water surroundings.

Hi Pieter, what a great shot of Orcas. It is so clear, vibrant and sharp. The swell of the sea looks like some very expensive silken fabric. Great use of DOF and composition. Very nicely done. How did you come to be so close to them? I read you were on a small boat, was it hired specifically to see them?

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  • methos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 213 W: 51 N: 281] (1189)
  • [2007-03-21 19:46]

Hi Pieter,
This is a great shot!
I love the way the sun glitters on their skin.
Great details and amazing colors.
TFS this Favorite!

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