Minke Whale

Posted by Cindy Marple on Tue Sep 24, 2019 7:02 pm

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Minke Whale
Charlotte Bay, Antarctic Peninsula
Nikon D850, Sigma 24-70 at 28mm
ISO1250, 1/200, f/13

Minke are small whales that are notoriously difficult to see.  At best you get a glimpse of the dorsal fin as it disappears.  We were lucky when zodiac cruising, we spotted one that didn't vanish as we motored in its direction.  We stopped at a good distance, and to our great surprise it decided to come over and investigate us.  The whale is no more than 1 meter from the zodiac here, would love to have more space below it but there was none.  I was lucky to be standing in the right spot with the right gear in hand as the approach happened within seconds and then it was gone.  The shot 4 frames later I have part of the zodiac in the image and the fin is within 20cm or so from the boat. 

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by Ron Day on Tue Sep 24, 2019 7:09 pm
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Remarkable image, Cindy. You are to be commended for being at the right place at the right time. But your talent as a photographer played an equally important role. Large view is a treat and reveals nice detail. Well done!

by SantaFeJoe on Tue Sep 24, 2019 7:32 pm
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Very dreamy and surreal! The only thing I would recommend is to remove the white spot to the right of the fin.

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by Cindy Marple on Tue Sep 24, 2019 7:40 pm
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SantaFeJoe wrote:
The only thing I would recommend is to remove the white spot to the right of the fin.

I'd never even noticed that- will do, thanks. 

by E.J. Peiker on Tue Sep 24, 2019 7:41 pm
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Wow, I really love this. I never thought that an above water picture of a whale totally submerged could be so compelling.

by Cynthia Crawford on Tue Sep 24, 2019 8:08 pm
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A striking shot and wonderful to see this beautiful whale so close. I like how it blends with the gentle ripples. Must have been a thrilling experience.
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by clement on Tue Sep 24, 2019 9:12 pm
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You have silked it.. :-)
Super beautiful one..

by Carol Clarke on Wed Sep 25, 2019 6:03 am
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Good to see you around again.  I was hoping you might have some wildlife to post after your trips!  I love the surreal quality of this image, it would make a great wall hanging print - certainly make a talking point.  Nice one, Cindy!  :) 

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by david fletcher on Wed Sep 25, 2019 1:04 pm
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wow! Remarkable sighting Cindy! Congratulations on fine, iconic image
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