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Are You Someone Who Wants to Learn About Photographing Whales and Dolphins?

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Whale Watching | Mammals

Thursday, July 08, 2010

Kera

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Last March the Aquarium hosted a Whale Watch Photography Cruise, and we’re doing it again! This time the trip is scheduled to be a little longer and instead of looking for gray whales, we’ll be looking for the blue whales! In addition to searching for blue whales to photograph, we’ll also be looking for dolphins, seals, sea lions, and much more. Read on to find out what is going to make this trip extra special!

So far it sounds like a normal whale watch…we’re going out and looking for whales. What makes this extra special is we’re looking for all these different animals so we can photograph them in the best way possible. Don’t worry, you don’t have to be a professional photographer, or have a bunch of expensive camera equipment. It’s not the equipment that takes a photograph, but the person.

Having been out on the water for the last couple years, I’ve learned a few tricks for setting up to get great shots of the wildlife. I’d love to share that with people that are into photography and marine wildlife. There are certain things to look for when photographing these animals, such as water color, diving behaviors, fluke prints, and overall animal behavior. By having an idea of what to look for when photographing an animal, you can be ready to take the picture. That’s exactly what my job will be while on the boat for this cruise. I can point out the characteristics of animals, when to start shooting, and what to look for next.

We’ve seen a handful of blues, our first cow/calf blue whale of the season, and as many as five fin whales in one single trip! I’ve seen tons of dolphins the last couple of weeks, including some of my favorites, the Risso’s dolphin. With blue whales, fin whales, and tons of dolphins in the area, you know summer is here. These animals are definitely fun to photograph!

Because this trip is a very special trip, and we want to make sure that there’s enough room for everyone and their equipment, there will only be a limited number of seats. We sold out last time, so if this is something you might be interested in, sign up soon! There were a lot of great shots from the last trip, and with any luck, we’ll have even better this time. And if photography isn’t for you, don’t forget about our daily public trips! It’s been great on the water the last few days both with a photography lens and without.

Click here if you’d like to see photos from the last Whale Watch Photography Cruise!

Are You Someone Who Wants to Learn About Photographing Whales and Dolphins?
Blue whales only fluke when going on a deep dive. By knowing when a blue whale goes on a deep dive, you can ready for the fluke picture.  | Kera Mathes
Are You Someone Who Wants to Learn About Photographing Whales and Dolphins?
Dolphins can be a little tricky to photograph. The key is not to be overwhelmed by large pods!  | Kera Mathes
Are You Someone Who Wants to Learn About Photographing Whales and Dolphins?
Pelicans give hints about when they're going to do a dead first dive into the water.  | Kera Mathes

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Tuesday, July 13, 2010 04:28 PM

People can also informally invite and RSVP via Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=106628352722415

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