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A sperm whale in front of the coast of Kaikoura, New Zealand

A sperm whale in front of the coast of Kaikoura, New Zealand
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carlosandresreyes
 
carlosandresreyes February 19, 2015
This brings back so much memories, Beautiful
johnchilver
 
johnchilver June 30, 2017
Great shot
mlee965
 
mlee965 August 19, 2017
Wonderful shot!
WonkyTonky PRO
 
WonkyTonky Sep 30
Amazing to see a sperm whale - what a buzz, captured beautifully...!

Behind The Lens

Location
I took this photo on a whale watching tour when I was a few days in Kaikoura, New Zealand. In the background you can see the coastline around Kaikoura.
Time
It was late morning, around 11 o'clock.
Lighting
When I started the tour I had a clear sky but not very long. I was a little bit sad when the sky became more and more cloudy - but when I look now at my photo I think it was the best light and the best weather for this moment, it put the scene in the right mood I think.
Equipment
At this time and for this photo I had a Canon EOS 7D and a 17-55mm f/2.8 lens where the image stabilizer had a malfunction and the lens lost all the time its electronic contact to the camera... So I had luck that the combination worked at this scene.
Inspiration
The beautiful animal and the wonderful landscape behind it.
Editing
First I cropped the photo, the sperm whale was originally in the middle of the photo. I edited the colors, it was nearly grey, and I think I changed the contrast - it's so long ago now. It was only a JPEG file with high ISO, no RAW, so my post-processing was not that high. I hadn't the skills at that time which I maybe have now, I think it's not technically perfect, but it shows the beauty of nature and that's good!
In my camera bag
At the moment an EOS 6D and mostly a 35mm 1.4, an old Nikkor 55mm 1.2, an 85mm 1.2, a 14mm 2.8 for the stars and a 16-35mm 4 for landscapes and some GNDs.
Feedback
I would say think about what you will capture, how it could act, when you plan to shoot, for example, animals like this - especially when you have not that much experience with your camera. I didn't do that very good and so my camera settings weren't the best in this situation. I had luck that the quality was ok for me, but it was a risk. I also photographed dolphins some months before in the Bay of Islands on the same journey and many of my photos were bad because of a too long shutter speed. But I learned from this when I was back at home - that was my experience.

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