Sunshine Coast (SEQ) - Whale watching.
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    Sunshine Coast (SEQ) - Whale watching.

    by Oneputt » Fri May 04, 2007 7:03 pm

    Ok, given the success of our last meet and greet on water, how about a whale watching trip out of Mooloolaba. Season is just starting so we have time to get organised.

    I would just like to get an idea of who might be interested.
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    by Tim » Fri May 04, 2007 7:15 pm

    I'll put my hand up as interested :)

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    by Dargan » Fri May 04, 2007 7:31 pm

    Damn Right :overboard: I'm interested. Might have the 80-400 by then or will the 50 1.4 do? How close are we getting?
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    by Underload » Fri May 04, 2007 7:44 pm

    Sounds good. I'm interested, just depends on dates and times etc :)
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    by VetNurse » Fri May 04, 2007 8:06 pm

    I'd be interested if you give me enough notice to book the time off to drive up and back.
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    by Oneputt » Fri May 04, 2007 8:35 pm

    There will be plenty of notice. Depending on interested numbers I then have to look at suitable boats, costs and dates, so I suspect that notice will not be a problem.
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    by TonyH » Fri May 04, 2007 8:43 pm

    I would be interested, but just a word of negativity... I took 2 ww cruises from the Gold coast last season. Only finished up with a few half decent shots, too many point and shooters and phone camera photographers to get a half decent position (without throwing them overboard).

    They were rude, ignorant, stupid and childish. Wasn't good for photography at all really. But a fantastic experience.


    If we could get enough numbers to hire the entire boat, I'd be very, very interested :D
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    by Oneputt » Fri May 04, 2007 8:54 pm

    Tony that problem has already crossed my mind. I would be looking for some guarantees that we would have uninterupted access. It might mean one deck to ourselves, or it might mean a smaller boat to ourselves. As I said it all depends on mumbers.
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    by Dug » Fri May 04, 2007 8:59 pm

    I am interested

    our own boat sounds like a possibility









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    by TonyH » Fri May 04, 2007 8:59 pm

    John, it's a terrific idea and in the right position spectacular shots.... the good shots that I have needed to be cropped to remove peoples heads, shoulders, elbows etc.

    When a whale was sighted the people just went nuts....
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    by chad » Fri May 04, 2007 9:06 pm

    Fabulous idea for a field trip John. I don't have the glass for it though, so won't put my hand up at this stage. :cry:

    I'll lurk your thread though, and may attend as a 'tourist', depending. 8)
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    by Tim » Fri May 04, 2007 9:10 pm

    Usually when whale watching, you need to keep around 300ft away from the whales... but thats only when ur motoring over to em..but.. there is no restrictions when if say the whale swims over to you... which alot of whale tour operators will say if DPI asks them

    Average glass for something like this would be 18-70.. 70-200 will be handy... and polarisers are a must..

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    by Oneputt » Mon May 07, 2007 4:48 pm

    This is an unashamed BUMP for those who may not have seen this thread.
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    by DionM » Mon May 07, 2007 8:19 pm

    Thank you for the unashamed BUMP John!

    My hand is definately up but only if we get our own deck/boat etc. Like you I'm not keen on having to fight the plebs with their cameraphones and 35mm fixed focal length disposables taking photographs of the entire pacific ocean so they point to a small white smudge on the print as being "a whale".

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    by Slider » Mon May 07, 2007 8:22 pm

    I'll be there :D
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