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carlosandresreyes February 19, 2015
This brings back so much memories, Beautiful
 
johnchilver June 30, 2017
Great shot
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mlee965 August 19, 2017
Wonderful shot!

Just one Moment



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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Contest Finalist in The Marine Wildlife Photo Contest
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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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