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I got a new body (t3i) for Christmas and I look forward to shooting more with it! I especially love Av mode on it. In the meantime, here's one of my favorite shots from November. 

Orkid - Orca
SeaWorld San Diego 
Ken Peters(?)

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Kitsuchan59 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013
Yup, you feed me fish or I bite your head off!  LOL.   I've often wondered what goes through the head of a preforming Orca.  I mean, it;s like an elephant, it must know it can totally squash the 'trainer' if it wanted to.

  I was at one show where one of the dolphins had a nursing baby.  The baby wanted to nurse, so the whole show had to stop for mom and her kid.   The other dophins wouldn't perform either.   It was like, "Silly human, go away."  After she was done, the show went on normally, but late.

^_^
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Yassi1 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
That's cool! Yeah It's interesting to consider the possibilities of what they're thinking. 
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TikiKaro Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Orkid <3
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Carousel-Stables Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
Aww she looks a little glum.
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Yassi1 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Yeah what :iconkitsuchan59: said is right. Plus, Orkid has a unique teardrop shaped eyepatch and head area, so it may look that way lol.
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Carousel-Stables Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Professional General Artist
Why are people assuming i'm stupid and just 'don't understand Orca face structure and markings?. Good grief!
I have loved Orca since a young age, I've watched many documentaries growing up, know all about Lolita, Morgan, Tikilum, Keiko etc...I was reading her EYE in this photo..which is lidded and looking down/away from the trainer.
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Kitsuchan59 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013
Just the way the the face is formed.  Bottle nose dolphins are popular because the look like they're smiling.  It's a mistake to infer our own signals and expression to animals.  Dolphins can be quite nasty if they have reason to be.  Tail slapping, which looks like fun to humans, is a sign of aggression or annoyance.   If you don't get it, things can escalate.  ^_*
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Carousel-Stables Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Professional General Artist
I was reading the eye - as I know dolphins don't have human face musculature, you cant read it that way. She is looking down and away from the trainer who in contrast is a comic exaggeration of 'happy'. Dolphins are capable of feeling emotions though, it is documented and proven. Not all people are ignorant or unknowing about dolphins/Orca :heart:
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Kitsuchan59 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013
^_^!
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WeisseEdelweiss Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Oh beautiful! They're so close to eachother. : (
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WeisseEdelweiss Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I meant : ) not a frown.
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EarthEmerald Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Professional Writer
What lens did you use?
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Yassi1 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
55-250mm! 
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EarthEmerald Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Professional Writer
Nice. Looks like you were in one of the lower rows.
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Yassi1 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Yep, I was to the right of the slideout in one of the lower rows. 
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EarthEmerald Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Professional Writer
Nice. We're a bit scared to get that close with ours right now, especially with the lens I like to use for One Ocean. I use a 70-200mm with a x1.4 multiplier.
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Yassi1 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Yeah I just put everything in my backpack when the splash segment comes.
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EarthEmerald Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Professional Writer
We could do that. But then I wouldn't be able to get shots of Tili when he does it. We've been standing at the very top right under the video booth. I get some really nice shots up there during the show. Just hate it when people raise their arms or stand up when the orcas come on to the slide out :frustrated:. Sometimes I can't crop them out.
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Yassi1 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Ugh I hear you. People do it all the time and it's annoying! Especially when they stand up to take pictures on their phone. My friend edited a video that I think is pretty accurate, and funny: www.youtube.com/watch?v=yUEyfg…
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EquestrianStrong Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
wow! that is a REALLY good shot!!!!!!!!
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Yassi1 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks! 
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EquestrianStrong Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
no problem!!!!!!
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