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Thursday Doors – March 09, 2017

“Red Door” - Art District, San Jose del Cabo

This week’s submission to Norm 2.0‘s Thursday Doors.

Thursday Doors is a weekly feature allowing door lovers to come together to admire and share their favourite door photos from around the world.

“Red Door” – Art District, San Jose del Cabo

It would appear that I’m experiencing two distinct themes this month: One being the Humpback Whale series I have posted over the past few days, the other is the fascinating doors, so different from the Central Ontario doors I see every day. Most of the doors I will be sharing where in the Art District of San Jose del Cabo, a small town about 20 kilometers from the popular tourist area of Cabo San Lucas.

Where Cabo San Lucas is a busy tourist town with a significant party scene, San Jose is a lot quieter with a bit of a mission town feel, despite the numerous souvenir shops. They also have a very deliberate focus on the arts, with an art district just off the town square. Each shop has its own unique look and feel and it’s marvelously bohemian.

The red door above is testament to the ever-changing look of the evolving art district. As I retraced my steps through the street with Google Streetview I discovered that this door has changed form from its previous persona, check out the Streetview link above and you’ll see that the door was previously bare wood. I actually prefer the red version. And who knows, next time I visit, it may be blue.

I find it funny, that I can talk about a simple door at length, I’m sure most of you understand. There’s just so much going on in the image that we tend to miss when actually there and we wonder how we could possibly not have noticed. That is one of the many joys of photography.

The experience has also made me keenly aware of the variability of light between Ontario and the subtropics of the Baja Peninsula, making for interesting shadows.

iPhone 5s back camera @ 4.2mm
1/4000 sec;   f/2.2;   ISO 32

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Wordless Wednesday

“After the Rains” - San Jose del Cabo, Mexico

“After the Rains” – San Jose del Cabo, Mexico

Nikon D800
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD @ 112 mm
1/100 sec, f/4.8, ISO 200

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“Behemoth”

“Behemoth”

“What would an ocean be without a monster lurking in the dark? It would be like sleep without dreams.”
― Werner Herzog

This massive Humpback Whale is the cow in the pair I have been sharing over the past several days.

As I’ve stated earlier, the sheer size of these creatures is incredible. Then, to see them surging from the ocean like this and smashing down in a burst of spray and foam simply leaves you in awe.

The photos and  words hardly do them justice, but try to imagine sitting in a relatively small, open boat, about a kilometer from the coast, rolling on the Pacific Ocean swells, watching  the dark waves rolling around you. A massive back rises from the waves, just a few meters away, followed by a tail, both disappear into the depths. You sit in silence scanning the waters for some sign as to where the whale, now diving deep in preparation for a breach, may have gone. Then, without warning, a few hundred meters away from your tiny vessel, a black mass erupts from the water, towering ever higher. You wonder how this is even possible and recognise the energy required to do this. The whale twists slightly to one side and slams into the water, leaving just a trace of bubbles as evidence of this act of grace and power.

I’ll soon be closing off my series of whale images but will always hold the memories of this spectacle of nature for the rest of my life. It will be hard to top, but life always has new adventures in store.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD @ 300 mm
1/250 sec, f/8.0, ISO 200

High Resolution image on 500px

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“Playtime”

“Playtime”

“We are never more fully alive, more completely ourselves, or more deeply engrossed in anything, than when we are at play.”
― Charles E. Schaefer

Above is another image of the Humpback whales off the coast of Baja, Mexico. This is a bit wider image and compliments yesterday’s image of the calf breaching. Since the cow is also in this frame, you can go back to my previous post to get a sense of the enormity of these animals. The cow is about five times the length and mass of the calf. In the order of about forty thousand kilograms!

I love how the calf essentially ‘erupts’ from the water and is almost completely airborne. The sheer mass of the cow prevents a full breach, in this image, yet I have other photos where, even she, is mostly in the air. But, that will have to wait till tomorrow.

The image also shows what is, apparently, typical behaviour, whereby the cow is exhaling through her blowhole as she emerges from the sea. As I witnessed it live, there was so much going on, and I was so awestruck, that detail was missed by me.

I’m honestly still in awe of these beautiful animals as they ‘played’ around us for nearly half an hour, the cow teaching the calf the ritual behaviour, with the calf being a seemingly willing pupil, as it leapt and splashed, imitating the cow. It’s an experience that will be permanently etched in my memory as a special moment.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD @ 70 mm
1/160 sec, f/6.3, ISO 200

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“Hang Time”

“Hang Time”

“Without leaps of imagination or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities.”
― Gloria Steinem

The next in my series of whale photos is this Humpback calf, as it defies gravity, leaping from the ocean waters in a graceful twist.

It is unbelievable to witness this ‘breeching’ ritual. The calf is already close to eight meters long and would weigh about fifteen thousand kilograms. The sheer power to launch this mass from the water is incredible.

We witnessed this calf and her mother breaching and ‘pec slapping’, whereby they float on their backs and wave their pectoral fins above the water, occasionally slapping the water. The cow starts and the calf soon imitates her. She seems to be teaching the behaviour.

After a few minutes of ‘finning’, they flipped over and waved their tails. See yesterday’s post for that image. Then, the tails disappear, as they dive deep, in preparation of a ‘breech’. We sat in anticipation, not knowing where they would surface, knowing they hold their breath for up to nine minutes. Then, just a short distance from our boat, the calf bursts forth in this amazing leap, only a small portion of the tail fin still remaining in the water. Shortly thereafter, the cow also erupted from the depths, but I think her sheer mass prevents her from achieving the same height. As you can see from my camera settings below, this was shot at 135mm, so it was very close to our boat.

It’s simply awe inspiring and I feel blessed to have been there to witness, and photograph, this amazing display of strength and grace, which continued for some twenty minutes.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD @ 135 mm
1/400 sec, f/10.0, ISO 200

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Thursday Doors – March 02, 2017

“Real Mexican Art?” - Todos Santos

This week’s submission to Norm 2.0‘s Thursday Doors.

Thursday Doors is a weekly feature allowing door lovers to come together to admire and share their favourite door photos from around the world.

“Real Mexican Art?” – Todos Santos, Mexico

I found this gem while visiting Hotel California, in Todos Santos, a large town on the Baja Peninsula.While walking with my family, I was attracted to this door being framed by the two round windows, an unusual design. So, I made a quick image and then hurried to catch up with the group.

It was not till I was reviewing the image that I noticed the details of the sign above the door. It made me laugh. Honesty in advertising? I’m not sure, but after a few days of touring the gift shops and having every merchant tell me they had the best price around, that it was all authentic art, made by local villagers, or an isolated tribe from the surrounding mountains, this was kind of refreshing.

Too bad the door was locked, it would be interesting to see what they are actually selling, if anything.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm
1/400 sec, f/10.0, ISO 200

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