Photography Tips for Whale Watching Pt2
Photography Tips for Whale Watching Pt2

Hello again people, and welcome to part two, this little miny were i got the opportunity of a lifetime to go on
photograph something I’d always dreamt of photographing, here in part 2 we’re going to see what happens on the actual shoot when the light came right, something’s i had to think about and some of the challenges that were faced in actualyl doing the pictures in part 1 we sort of did a little dress rehearsal, had a little practice when the light wasn’t perhaps quite so
good but just to kind of get a feel for the challenges it would be faced before actually going
out photograph what I wanted to photograph. If you haven’t seen part one click the little link below this film and go and have a look at it, meanwhile i hope you enjoy. Is this alright to sit on mike? I can’t see it it’s straight in the sun path. Ones just lept straight out of the water and I can’t see it. Can you go that way Mike, although actually so I’ve just wound up the exposure a bit There it is, actually this is quite cool, let’s just check my exposure! Not bad, and i’m dialling i’m on plus seven and that should be okay shooting raw. I’m a little bit worried about lens flare because the sun is coming straight up the lens now but if we can get ourselves into a
position to look back at them slightly we’re straight into it yeah, if you can go that way, Go on then. so what we’re trying to do now is get
ahead of the whales so we’re looking back at them without getting too close to them because if they jump
they breach on this glistening bit of sun on the water we wont be able to see them. The water is just so beautiful at the moment. I’m so tempted to take a sunset shot
going straight into the Sun but if i do i’m terrified i’ll miss them. Whales doing something, the light on the ripples here are just beautiful. That’s just, i really like the colours. Right back to what i’m supposed to be doing, i’m always telling people not to take their eye on the ball, which is what i’m starting to do now. So i wonder where our friends the whales have gone, i can see a kinda flat, smooth, shiny path in the water over there where they were swimming in this
direction but they haven’t stuck there, they haven’t come up for air for quite a while. So we’re gonna assume their in this area in front of us here. But where, it’s quite sad to think that people still harpoon these incredible creatures. Grinding them up and melting them down for oil I mean earlier on we had that huge hump back whale just gently corressing the boat. How gentle they are, you think they could crush us just like that in an instant, they don’t. I don’t know if you can see Jayne I’ve just got the camera, the lens is lined up with my nose, and I’ve got it set to about half of it’s focal length, so that I can scan with my own eyes
across the camera but what i don’t wanna be doing is having the camera like that and i’m looking over there. I want the two together so I can scan
like that and then when they pop their heads up I can just bring it to my eye and do whatever I need to do with the lens
in order to get the shot. There’s a little bit of a ripple over there, I wonder where they are. Come on this light is just so, there we go. Look see this light is just so magical. Hahaha that was brilliant I know there are some
nice shots came through there. I’m really looking forward to seeing
them properly, I’ve now got a shutter speed of one hundred and twenty fifth of a second that’s not really fast enough so I’m gonna open my aperture slightly, I’m gonna F5.6 which will take my shutter speed back up to one hundred and fifth I’ve left it slower i’ll get some amazing light and some great whale action but I’ll miss the shot simply because
I’ll have a blurred, nasty looking picture because my shutter speed is too slow. So these are all things to keep watching all the time as you’re photographing. Just look at that, that’s so beautiful. That’s really beautiful. The light is, argh that’s what’s making it. these same shots which were taken earlier on today the same thing going on, their just nothing compared to this and it’s because of that, look at it, the sun down there right low on the horizon it’s
just beautiful and that light is just sneaking across the water, kissing the backs of these whales, giving texture to the surfaces absolutely
fantastic. Ah look at you. You beauty. This has been an astonishing day for me, to be here with these gentle giants just being around them is a privilege and taking photographs of them is even more astonishing. we just got lovely little Look at that, almost the best shots of the day just happened we’ve got beautiful light
going on but that light, the sun is half way below the horizon and really that’s a wrap now. All that remains is to have a look at the pictures and i think we’ve got half a dozen really great shots, and some of them are really moving, particularly when we had that huge compact whale come up near the boat, So if you go away on a holiday of a life time somewhere then I hope this would have been of some value to you. subscribe to our YouTube channel to be
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30 thoughts on “Photography Tips for Whale Watching Pt2”

  1. Mica GBM says:

    Whales don't seem to be the easiest models to photograph but at least they don't care about their waistline!

  2. David Hahn says:

    Great!! Thanks a lot Mike!! 

  3. Ian S. Rutter says:

    Well done Mike. Exceptional video and very uplifting.
    I haven't had the opportunity to watch out for whales, but I did join a dolphin watch and that was spectacular! They raced in-front of the boat, leaping in and out if the water, it was amazing.
    Your enthusiasm comes out in the video and I hope you get more opportunities to do something like this again.
    Keep shooting and have fun!

  4. Dennis Hendriks says:

    Very beautiful video about these wonderfull animals.

    I've got a question About the macro revers ring. The question is by that video.
    Thank you.

  5. Marcin M. says:

    Great colours! A polarising filter would be useful to get rid some reflections of the water. 😉

  6. Shreyes Rastogi says:

    Thanks a lot for all the generously made educative videos, Mike. Followed you since last year. And I have to say I understood the concept of exposure and DOF from you! 🙂
    Thanks a lot for everything! Would love to meet u some day! 🙂

    And please keep uploading new ones! 🙂

  7. Svein Arne Grønnevik says:

    Great video, Mike! Wish it was me.  🙂

  8. Abhirup Sen says:

    definitely much better looking shots 🙂

  9. Husam Nurein says:

    Mike you ROCK mate … LoL
    Thank you so much for sharing that beautiful experience with us …
    All the Best …

  10. Padidivemaster says:

    Mike I do love watch yr stuff, but the better picture you can take when u re under the water. Cheers and I m waiting for more.

  11. Flyer4EVER7 says:

    What are your focus settings? Single Point? 
    And where are you focusing? 

  12. peacef77 says:

    Mike thank you for bringing two things that i love, whales and photography, in this video. 

  13. Stu FromOz says:

    Great idea releasing this on Australia Day Mike, thanks for posting and have a great day mate.

  14. Gaëtan GR says:

    Check-list :

    DSLR : OK
    Motivation : OK
    Good Lens : OK
    Boat : Not Ok 

    Anyway good video as usual, like your work ! 

  15. Robert Schmidt says:

    Amazing. As always…lol

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  17. MrDazza64 says:

    Hiya Mike, recently subbed to your channel, love your vids mate and the clear, concise and jolly way you get things across to your audience. Best regards, Daz from Cheshire.

  18. Arbi D. says:

    Amazing job love your videos I watch them all many times

  19. LordTerenas says:

    Coooouuuunnnngraaaaattsss Maaaaiiikkkk!! (that was in whale.. not sure if you've seen Finding Nemo.. ) 😀

  20. Pezby69 says:

    Thankyou for the film Mike. Great photos.

  21. rick Hunter says:

    cool, peaceful , great photos ,mike you have helped me so much aim a beginner.

  22. Glen Ord Junction says:

    Mike – really liked the videos…had an opportunity of Whale watching in Kaikoura in New Zealand. Thanks for the tips as I got some great pics!!

  23. Olga Celle says:

    Hey Mike, thank you very much for this workshop. I'm going to North Peru for the whale watching season in a couple of weeks. I'll keep you posted. Thanks again!

  24. toyarj37 says:

    How did you change your setting so fast? It's not like they will wait for you. Did you use aperture priority or shutter priority or full manual? I'm going whale watching on Tuesday and I just can't see myself changing all those settings that fast

  25. jesutartari1998264 says:

    Thank you so much!

  26. Belinda Petrie says:

    Thanks Mike. I'm heading off on a whale watch tour next week so hoping I have learnt something from your clips to improve my shots. Hope I get some good ones!!!

  27. Michael Flick Photography says:

    Great Videos, Mike. Looks like I will have to bring my 28-300mm lens if I will ever take a whale watching tour. Think that would be the right choice.

  28. Janet Upton says:

    Wonderful thank you ,I’m off to Iceland next week

  29. trevor wright says:

    that was fantastic mike well done and thanks to your pals for the boat and thanks to the beautiful WHALES for letting you film them cheers from trev

  30. Jim Mauch says:

    Next week I’m going out whale watching with a 100-400 lens on a full frame and I guess I will bring a 24-70 on the possibility that they leap into the boat for a portrait shoot. Over fifty years ago my grandfather took me to the Canadian Arctic to photograph scores of whales but since then after three more tries I’ve failed to capture any acceptable images. Wish me luck!

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