Ma­jes­tic mam­mals are ‘some­thing else’

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS - Louise Shan­non

WHETHER she’s shoot­ing from the open door­way of a high-fly­ing he­li­copter or scuba-div­ing the depths of the sea, Whit­sun­day pho­tog­ra­pher Brooke Miles is pas­sion­ate about ocean pho­tog­ra­phy.

Ms Miles, who last week re­turned from an eight-day trip to Tonga to swim with and photograph hump­back whales, said the ex­pe­ri­ence was “some­thing else” and rated as her most “amaz­ing” pho­to­graphic ex­pe­di­tion so far.

“I’ve al­ways scuba dived, in lots of places around the world, but this was just ex­tra­or­di­nary,” she said.

“There’s some­thing about the whales and be­ing that close to such a mas­sive beast who is so gen­tle and so aware … it’s ac­tu­ally hard to de­scribe.”

Ms Miles said she was left speech­less by the mag­nif­i­cence of the ma­rine mam­mals and the op­por­tu­nity to snorkel with and photograph them while on the Whales Un­der­wa­ter trip with well-known Aus­tralian pho­tog­ra­pher Dar­ren Jew.

She said the whales had been mi­grat­ing to breed, so she was also able to cap­ture plenty of im­ages of mother-and-calf groups.

Ms Miles, who has been a pro­fes­sional pho­tog­ra­pher for 12 years, said she took about 2000 pho­tos and she would dis­play some of the im­ages in her new gallery, Above and Below, due to open in Air­lie Beach in Septem­ber.

Ms Miles’ Above and Below Pho­tog­ra­phy la­bel fo­cusses on ocean shoots, both from the sky and in the wa­ter.

When work­ing from the skies, Ms Miles char­ters lo­cal he­li­copters and aims for unique an­gles and pho­to­graphs of the Whit­sun­day land­scape.

PHOTO: BROOKE MILES PHO­TOG­RA­PHY

AMAZ­ING IM­AGE: This fan­tas­tic photograph of a whale and calf was taken in Tonga by Whit­sun­day pho­tog­ra­pher Brooke Miles.

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