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#1 shawnh

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Posted 09 September 2011 - 08:59 PM

I just returned from several weeks of filming in the Kingdom of Tonga with my buddy John Weller. We are working on a global project, The Ocean Voice Film Series, addressing conservation issues and strategies at all levels of the ecosystem. This stop of the project took us back to the Kingdom of Tonga, located as far as one can get from a continent in the South-Central Pacific.

With the invaluable help of our good friend Tony Wu, we returned again this year to complete the filming and documentary work. As with last year, the weather proved to be a real challenge. For all but perhaps a day, the wind howled over the islands, driven by a strong high-pressure cell to the south of us. Fortunately for us, and in stark contrast to last season, this year was a banner year for mothers and calves, with total ID’d calves running at twice the running average. Capitalizing on this, we managed some stunning encounters which again, created lifetime memories for us.

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Posted 11 September 2011 - 12:31 PM

Shawn - Those are great images !!!! Hope you are well !!!!!! Thanks for sharing! Steven Anderson
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Posted 13 September 2011 - 09:37 AM

some excellent photos. Never been to Tonga but guess I will have to go. What were you shooting with?
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Posted 13 September 2011 - 12:16 PM

Awesome Shawn! :) :D :D :drink:

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Posted 13 September 2011 - 03:20 PM

Wonderful Shawn; Tongo is definitely on the bucket list.
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Posted 14 September 2011 - 08:51 PM

excellent Shawn!!! I was there last year and will go back in 2013 - can't wait!!!
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Posted 15 September 2011 - 11:23 AM

Just noticed, there are no dates, when was your trip?
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Posted 15 September 2011 - 01:56 PM

Thanks Steve and everyone. The whales did all the magic...I just pulled the trigger! Was shooting with the 5D in Aquatica Housing. Dates were August 21-Aug 31 this year.
Can't wait to get back!
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