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Whale of a Tail

Whale of a Tail
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Copyright: Lesley Mattuchio (Lesley) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 297 W: 13 N: 913] (2988)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-07-30
Categories: Mammals
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Whales, Orca's, Sharks and Dolphins! [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-08-14 7:44
Viewed: 3957
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I thought I'd submit something a little less colorful than my first two photos, but something I find just as fascinating. This is a Humpback Whale in what is referred to a "flute" position. This is when the whale is about to make a deep dive. I had hoped for a photo of a Humpback breeching, which is when they explode head first out of the water straight up in the air and then crash back down on the water on their side, but no such luck this trip.

The marine biologists can identify each Humpback from the underside of their tails and name each one and keep accurate records of behavior, location, and age. This particular Humpback is a 15 year old female named " Pinball".

Camera used was an EOS 1D MKII with a 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS lens @ 400mm. The Atlantic ocean was unusually calm and smooth that day which certainly helped with taking photos handheld.

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Wonderfull pic , i like the smoothness and calm, even shot at 1/500 it seems to be slowmotion.
Well done, congrats
tony b

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2004-08-14 10:46]

Thanks for posting, these are SO awsome, and not so easy to take! The barnacle pattens on these behemoths help to ID them too.

Great Lesley.
Very good picture , nice color and very sharp.
Good note.

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-08-14 14:15]

Lovely capture. Great DOF and definitions. Goood composition too.

Great work. The black and lights are not easy to muster with these. Love the curtain of water running from tail. Thanx, Lesley.

Great capture, very good details

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-03-09 7:41]

Fantastic pose! You captured a truly great moment. Excellent shot Lesley. I've added your photo to my theme, hop you don't mind.

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