Photography Tips for Whale Watching Pt1 – Photo opportunity of a lifetime

Photography Tips for Whale Watching Pt1 – Photo opportunity of a lifetime

January 13, 2020 50 By Peter Engel


hello girls and boys this is part 1 of a little two-part mini-series, I wanted to share with you a photo shoot I did two or years ago, when I had the opportunity to go and photograph something I’d always dreamed of having the opportunity to photograph
over on the other side of the world to find out what that was, your just going to have to watch. this was shot about two or three years ago, so if your one of our original subscribers from all that time ago the one might have seen, but I know
you’re still the minority and still appriciate everything you did for us back then. Here in part 1 it’s about some of the preliminary things I did in
advance thinking about what I was going to need to do, having like a little dress rehearsal, to
practice what shoot was going to be, and in part two we’re going to see what
actually happen when the light came right and I got the opportunity to go
and do it. So I hope you find this useful and I
hope you enjoy it. Would it not be brilliant if you could just
drive out onto the beach, anywhere in the world especially in
England say let going up and down steps and stairs and things. Might have noticed most of our films seem to
have a watery content will be filmed by water in some way, Jayney says it’s probably because I’m a
Pisces because she’s a bit hippy. this piece of water has a particular interest, it’s about as far away from where we
live, as we can possibly get We are in Exmouth, in Australia this is part
of the Indian Ocean It’s not so much the ocean itself were
interested in here, It’s what’s in it. Humpback Whales, this place
is world-famous for humpback whales where on holiday
visiting some friends about us who live here in a kindly lent is a car and
everything this we went over to while watching I
had a photograph wiles I’d love to get that iconic classical
while breaching the surface great big tile second at the water on tonight I’ve
never tried it sorry for the interest Michael Phelps about what we doing for the first thing was to develop
research to think about what’s it going to be like shooting from a boat how
close we like to get to the wild sex act right so I’ve had to choose what I’m gonna bring
with me very carefully now on flights you obviously any have so
much hand like it I am at you I don’t really like bring cameras into
the hall now I’d love to bring all of my K
obviously that’s not really feasible so what about chosen this back by the
way have the video camera as well as my photographic K or below my
trust a Nikon D 300 body I’m gonna a team to
seventy millimeter saying let’s talk a wide-angle coverage
up to par the mid-range any other thing I brought with me and
this did travel in the hold in my suitcase so it was all in it padded case is a big long 150 to 500
millimeter teddy’s a reason for that is I don’t know how
close we going to get the wild while over there how frustrating it is going
to pay if it looks like it’ll pay in the middle of the picture gonna kick yourself i know i certainly
work so anyway this is what I’ve chosen old I have one
other thing much of it not to mention a polarizing
filter that’s what brought with me polarize the
great for cutting glare and reflections on water I might need it to look into the water
again I don’t know but I gotta keep it in my pocket at all times in case I need it anything to do now can see if we can find smiles is pretty
astonishing as net humpback whales here in the bank’s
mapping Australia we’ve come out here with my buddies Mark and Lexie here on their
boat no mark since I was a teenager directed
by watching we spent my CS they having a practice
because I wanted to have a go at it before came out here until you guys had a day and the thing I
learnt walls watch 500 mil lens which I thought would be perfect for this sort
of thing is too long the field of view is too narrow so I
kept missing the show I’ll be looking at a patch of ocean waiting for a while to
do something and then missing it because you come up
over there in my arrogant I left my mid-range zoom back in sunny England so
I’ve had to bar Lexus 55 to 200 mil same which is working brilliantly for this
because I can scan a whitish open area motion
through the viewfinder and then when I see something happening
or while breaches of very quickly kinda they may not like that to where the action is happening we got
these guys circling the boat it’s a game a white
impatience the light isn’t perfect for the soda shop for the moment but it’s a
good idea to take some shots you know this is a Chancellor lifetime really is in its I
what’s gonna happen we don’t know I’m look at that level lol a they admit I
owe everything we’re so close diving under haha yes up lap here no more than 5 meters away from
it the wealthy going I don’t even see in the water right here
right underneath this again and you can see that through the water
that is coming under Nick the engine is the other one hit the cat while tile right behind the engines don’t actually
interned under the boat is an ounce platinum diamond hit the
water go for a swim in it likes it here we go
for a swim to hopefully Watson why an action going
on over here now look on facing into the Sun
classical thing if they do pop up be ready undergone a dial in about plus
three overexposure just in case a while shoot
up here because I don’t type I cinema right hand about if you can see
through the water Wow subclans now up my mom to 3 feet below the harp coming here lap I mean it’s an amazing amazing
experience not cork I even as %uh and have missed
it just about that we got a while nice how astonishing this is an amazing
experience and the great memories not the most exciting pictures but we
got to y’alls to come back miles checking us out and they are checking us out these wild
wild taken just to whatever the hell they won me
chuckling happens and if it up well the current
you know okay me as I can I ruler here we go the big tarp up 1 I’ll look that bad how close is than up I ruler wonder how get the water yellow by dropping the
shop now but we can see the wells nice but we can all see what’s
going on below the water it is kinda caressing it so maybe this is one little tender Whaley
moment we are drifting closer but they say they
would prefer their way if they decide they don’t want us either that or practice at the water
with the tie-up the latter the batting with the tile but
then again it’s what you gonna start the engine casing I mean if they are in the throes of I look at happened perhaps perhaps just amazing up I I’m not going you guys much in wave
camera technique and my cousin getting too carried away with taking pictures but it really is a case if national
events we got a good that the field I’m not using anything
like polarizer I don’t use UV skylight feel for them anything over the lands
are just one me and Wales and nothing else my other pretty cool abstract when they were both on the surface and
you could get some pretty cool wide angles you know these two while
notice taken out of the water with all this expansive scenes going going on account get that want to this lens I’m a
mess around changing it know me at have two bodies one with a wide lens on moment longer length but there are such
things as hand luggage restrictions and he went on holiday in and you guys might be outlook up like crap in the right place at the right time while yes it’s amazing they just kind of let us be
here really in it her me really we are drifting right onto them actually
at the moment up we are right on top with MI than I A maybe should start up drawn
back off a bit mile we’re gonna were bumping a while hunt not sure how
pretty much that might be junk that did with so
close within about 3 fate spike children while right under a spin
on a great trip on while touching about really just knows the up he got me i Mac so we had the night at
the Y which is now using the boat was just like death and then if you had Lexie say
she’s really tend to prefer them and see if Township the Deathly coming towards us
again and I we just backed off to give them space in
the coming this way luck outlook we got some rodeo from the
back going on times there does the coming to us luck maybe they’re really curious about
something I guess long as the area is easy I there’s no
two ways about it is slightly on now serving being this close to such an
immense and powerful creature is net up yep they are so powerful they can just
up the fact that they kinda wanna come and
check us out is a little bit on Irving nicely with the other one comp right underneath all Wow Creek and some great close up while nose
after the water shots you know this is just incredibly rare
what does that just remain the main Claire of your myspace weeping
ridiculously reckless and stupid thing this close on I’m now just trying to get some nice kinda
abstractly shots the shiny black skin with the to them pumping their
backs they were focused on the whole week the
isn’t enough contrast that something to watch for wouldn’t focus fast enough trick is to then find a line you know
where there’s a glistening bit on the back to the way against the water put the little focus still there and
focus on that all out we gotta wrinkly old why was head poking out here
that’s probably not very flattering as it currently a whale’s head yeah she might be listening sorry my
dear you beautiful who you are this Wow this finding something for the old
folks to lock onto don’t useful autofocus full all over
matrix autofocus I was trying this the other day and it just wouldn’t work it was
focusing everywhere but where r wanted it to they’re really curious
about a song I while up no can you smell the breath boy naw look at up look at that was amazing experience
insight if we could have something like this
going on tonight when the Sun is no more than unite an hour above the horizon see have
lovely warm red glowing sidelight is kinda coming across the water that the
absolutely phenomenal that for now I think its gonna sit and
enjoy the experience kisses staunchly subscribe to our YouTube
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