Saturday, February 6, 2010

Day 18 - More Whale Watching

January 29, 2010 - Friday - Big Island

It is early Friday morning and we are all at our normal positions around the table for breakfast and whale watching. Edel spent just about every spare moment at the condo on the patio looking for whales.

I just wasn't ready to be photographed so early in the morning. The Rasin Bran wasn't getting the job done. I needed Cheerios.

The waves crashing on the shore just beyond our condo were relaxing to watch.

I kept hearing this faint noise coming from the bushes. I couldn't quite make it out, but it almost sounded like "Geiko.....Geiko".

We had been working hard on getting pictures of more than the humps on the whales backs for the last 18 days. I was about to give up on getting a "special" photo.
We finally figured out that not all the whales wanted to jump (breach) out of the water. We had nearly a 180 degree panorama of ocean that was full of whales. The problem was trying to guess where to point the camera to catch the magnificent moment. Then a pattern started to become obvious to us. If a whale jumps once, there is a good chance that he will jump again. I guess that if you are feeling feisty, once isn't enough. That helped us focus on a narrow area with the cameras.
Sigrid was using her little Canon SD880 point & shoot camera and I had my Canon XTi in the high speed mode with a 17-85 mm all around lens. Both cameras have image stabilization, which helps, but neither of us had nearly enough telephoto range to get a superb photo.
You will be able to see the whales better if you double click on the image to enlarge it. You can return to this screen by clicking on the "back arrow" at the upper left corner of the screen.

The next three photos are of the same whale at different point in one jump.

A big fin out of the water.

A little tail.

More tail.

With these photos, I can't think of a thing that we didn't accomplish on our trip.

More Day 18 coming.

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