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Oh, man. Now these take the cake..I have never had the opportunity to photograph marine mammals..except for some pretty hefty California Sea lions, who position themselves on bouys, docks, boats...to catch those golden rays, and a hand out..

These are spectacular, I think all of us has a Jacques Coustous in our personality...or Green Peace..When it come to these spectacular giants, and goof -ball dolphins..seeing them, in the wild, let alone photographing them, is a stellar moment.

Great captures. I am going to get a passport, now, for sure!

patti

ps. I am enjoying you rummaging around, and digging out some of the older selections from your archieves..they ARE timeless.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 05, 2009 6:16 pm 
Amazing shots!!! I love the whale-tails! I always wanted to go whale watching.... one day....

Only non-captive marine mammal shot I have is this:

THEY ARE SUN BATHING! They are not dead heh
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Hundreds of Elephant Seals along the California coast. These guys made the most disgusting noises!!! This was before my dSLR days, so I have no close-ups. I also didn't do any good PP work, so it seems somewhat dull now that I look at it.


As for in captivity, I have dolphins from the Mirage in Las Vegas...
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patti wrote:
Oh, man. Now these take the cake..I have never had the opportunity to photograph marine mammals..except for some pretty hefty California Sea lions, who position themselves on bouys, docks, boats...to catch those golden rays, and a hand out..

These are spectacular, I think all of us has a Jacques Coustous in our personality...or Green Peace..When it comes to these spectacular giants, and goof -ball dolphins..seeing them, in the wild, let alone photographing them, is a stellar moment.

Great captures. I am going to get a passport, now, for sure!

patti

ps. I am enjoying you rummaging around, and digging out some of the older selections from your archieves..they ARE timeless.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 05, 2009 8:22 pm 
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kpr..........i cannot believe the wonderfully photos you post, such a variety of different animals, (i also like your boat) you must live in a really wonderful place, so much nature and wildlife seems to be practically on your doorstep. Keep on posting they are lovely to see, and you do a great job. regards sue :)


Serenity..beautiful dolphins, they are my favourite creature. I know its awful they are captive, but sometimes its the only way some of us can ever see these animals.

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Ohhh serenity :shock:
I can see myself with sand in my boots and surrounded by noisy smelly Sea Lions, probably a big fine from Fish n Game wardens.... :roll:
I see some smokin pics before they get there though...point n shoot or not.
Closer is better and those guys look ...willing...maybe?

naniani...
My job, one week on one week off, in the middle of nowhere, affords me the luxury of also living in virtually the middle of nowhere.
I love it :D

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yay serenity...love those dolphins, never get tired of their smiles...and oh, those sea lions..ugh. I think laying around is their occupation!


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 06, 2009 2:11 am 
kpr wrote:
Ohhh serenity :shock:
I see some smokin pics before they get there though...point n shoot or not.
Closer is better and those guys look ...willing...maybe?

I don't know how willing they'd be - the ones that were awake were fighting each other. There's also a fence around the beach to keep tourists off. A good telephoto lens could have gotten me in closer!


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I don't know how willing they'd be - the ones that were awake were fighting each other. There's also a fence around the beach to keep tourists off.


They were fighting!?! :shock: :shock:
Ohhh he action shots!!!
You're killin me!!!
So long as they were occupied with each other I guess it would be ok.

Now about the fence.....
If I lived there...well I wouldn't be classed as a "tourist"...would I? :twisted:

To quote someone famous...name escapes me somehow :wink:

"Fences?...We don't need no stinkin' fences" !!!


LOL....

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 06, 2009 9:37 am 
Haha ;) yeah, I wouldn't worry about those fighting kids either, but I do worry about any vigilant humans around. They are usually more trouble than the animals :lol:
BTW, classic shots ... from all of ya ;)


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 06, 2009 4:50 pm 
I have a very shaky video of a few of them... I think it was more dominance fighting than anything. I'll grab some of the other, closer pics I have and upload them, but they're not really impressive. A better zoom, and being stable would have helped a lot (the coast was sooooo windy and it wasn't that bright out)


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 06, 2009 7:13 pm 
Ok... so here's some from the set I had. All I did was resize, sharpen and do very small level adjustments - I have no time to fix these up.

Again, these elephant seals are along the California coast - somewhere inbetween SF and LA - more toward LA. That was such a cool road trip.

Pile O' Seals
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Small disturbance among them
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Rough housing continues
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Small fight - though looking at the noses, it might be male/female? So maybe not a fight.
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A cute digger
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These were all taken with a Sony Cybershot W-7. My pre dSLR days. Some could have been taken by my fiance.


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 10, 2009 3:16 am 
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Awesome shots serenity!!!
Thanks for diggin em up.

C'mon folks I know theres more pics out there...post em up :P

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A mink...

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That mink is awesome, and so are the seals. Nice shots.

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