Orcas Island

Orcas on Orcas Island: Nikon D7000, Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G IF-ED AF-S VR. Orcas with Mt. Baker in the distance.

Cindy and I just got back from a wonderful, 1-week trip to Orcas Island, in the San Juans.  The weather was terrific, and we had tons of fun hiking, kayaking, whale watching, and just lounging around.  The highlight of the trip was observing a pod of transient Orcas playing and feeding as majestic Mt. Baker loomed in the distance.  Here are a few images I thought turned out well.  Hope you enjoy ‘em!

For the People, By the People: Nikon d7000, Nikkor 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR AF-S DX. Mt. Baker at sunset as seen from the top of Mt. Constitution.

Choppy Waters: Nikon D7000, Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G IF-ED AF-S VR

The Kayaker: Nikon d7000, Nikkor 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR AF-S DX

Floating Sunset: Nikon d7000, Nikkor 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR AF-S DX. Cindy takes a break from paddling and enjoys the sunset.

Right Angle: Nikon d7000, Nikkor 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR AF-S DX

Sunset Heron: Nikon D7000, Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G IF-ED AF-S VR. A heron, waiting patiently for dinner.

11 Comments
  • linda
    September 10, 2011

    I never envisioned a world where people go kayaking and everyone freezes at the same moment to watch a cascading sunset. You captured that. And thanks for the heron.

  • Conrad
    September 10, 2011

    Very nice man! You should post these on FM dude!

  • Randy
    September 10, 2011

    How close were you to the orcas?

  • Mahesh
    September 11, 2011

    Thanks, gang! Randy, we were maybe 100 yards or so from the Orcas.

  • Bev
    September 11, 2011

    Love the sunsets. Also the mountains. Beautiful.

  • Kalpana
    September 12, 2011

    fabulous as usual Mahesh! specially love seeing the Orcas

  • Barb Michieli
    September 12, 2011

    Don’t we live in a great state? Thanks for posting these . . . makes me feel like I was there!

  • Spoorthy vemula
    September 15, 2011

    So, what camera do you like better? The k-5 or the d7k?

  • Mahesh
    September 16, 2011

    Spoorthy, both the K5 and D7000 are very good tools. If I could have only one, I prefer the K5, but just by a hair.

  • Spoorthy
    September 17, 2011

    Then i made the right choice:D

  • bob towery
    September 22, 2011

    Mahesh, these are all wonderful, each in their own way. You captured the great moments of your trip, but also created very high caliber images. I particularly like choppy waters. I’m a big fan of moving ocean water images. This, along with the classic boat, and B&W, is just awesome.

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