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Old Feb 25, 2013, 10:32 AM   #1
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Just back from Zihuatanejo, Mexico, where a visit to the popular beach, Playa Larga, rewarded us with three Humpback Whale leaping from the water. There was a small juvenile and two adults. Had my wide angle lens on, and didn't expect them to stay aroung very long. All I've seen before is a few jumps and they're off again. As these kept on "performing" I ran back and put on my 70 - 300 mm lens and took several shots. This is the best I could get at that distance, and hand held.



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Old Feb 25, 2013, 10:50 AM   #2
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Better 'n no shot at all! What was the range to them?
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No idea...I'm no good a guessing distance. Don't follow sports or I'd say how many football fields, like other ppl. Pic is very deeply cropped.
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What a special thing to capture Bob, thanks for sharing.

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Old Feb 25, 2013, 12:05 PM   #5
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Yep - they are beautiful. Several years ago I went on a whale-watching ride out of Mass. Lots of wonderful shots - but none of a breach.
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G'day Bob

Beaut result under difficult circumstances
It's similar to mine from eastern Australia too

We did a similar boat tour about a year or so back - and the "delight of my life" put her panny FZ100 onto burst at 15fps and got these great images of the whales breaching - all while I just went 'click' follow & move 'click' ..... darn woman's smarter than me

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Bob,

This is a good shot regardless how far away the whale was. I often wonder myself if I need a longer lens for a shot like this. Longer lens means more weight to carry not to mention the cost that goes with the upgrade. You are using my favorite lens which I like it a lot, value of Caviar for the price of a burger.
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