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Old September 14th, 2011, 08:10 PM
Asher Kelman Asher Kelman is offline
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Default Blue Whales at Long Beach California!

Great news if one is in or near southern California. There's a lot of sightings of blue whales.

Wikipeda: Blue Whale

"Scientists estimate there are less than 10,000 blue whales worldwide, but a thriving population of about 2,000 of these magnificent leviathans congregate each summer off the California coast.

This makes the Santa Barbara Channel one of the best places to see the largest animals that have ever roamed our planet. Measuring up to 90 feet and weighing around 150 tons, you hold your breath in awe as these giants surface near your boat." Source

from one company:


09/13/11 3 Blue Whales, 300 Common Dolphin
09/12/11 201 Common Dolphin, 5 Risso Dolphin
09/11/11 3 Blue Whales, 4,000 Common Dolphin, 40 Risso Dolphin, 6 Bottlenose
09/10/11 4 Blue Whales, 600 Common Dolphin
09/09/11 2,000 Common Dolphin
09/08/11 1,000 Common Dolphin
09/07/11 5 Blue Whales, 200 Common Dolphin
09/06/11 3 Blue Whales, 6 Common Dolphin, 50 Bottlenose Dolphin
09/05/11 6 Blue Whales, 620 Common Dolphin
09/04/11 5 Blue Whales, 1000 Common Dolphin
09/03/11 3 Blue Whales, 400 Common Dolphin

So anyone going to go and grab some pictures and what lenses would you take?

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Old September 14th, 2011, 11:45 PM
Jerome Marot Jerome Marot is offline
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Originally Posted by Asher Kelman View Post
So anyone going to go and grab some pictures and what lenses would you take?
I had the opportunity to observe sperm whales once and I should say that these are quite frustrating to photography, for the obvious reason that they stay under water. Sperm whales being a bit less frustrating than other whales species, because they lift their tail out of the water when they dive, giving the photographer with a long lens an opportunity to take the kind of picture everyone has already seen. I don't think that blue whales do any of that.

I would advise to take your longest lens, preferably stabilized and, maybe, a shorter tele (100-150mm) in case the boat comes closer to the wales. A 70-400 zoom would be perfect.
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