How to shoot a whale
Jonas Liebschner shares his secrets. 1. Always be ready Keep your camera pointed in the rough direction where you think that the whales are, have your finger on the shutter button and something might just happen.
2. Be prepared Charge your batteries, ensure there is enough room on your memory card, check your lenses and any other gear. Ninety-five per cent of all photos that I’ve taken are with a 100-400mm lens.
3. Be realistic Whales certainly can jump for two hours non-stop but they may also do it just once or not at all. Humpback whales breach on maybe 50-60 per cent of all cruises.
4. Get low You want to get as close to the water as possible as this gives a better angle for your photos and the opportunity to capture the Sydney skyline.
5. Camera settings Set your camera to a fast shutter speed to freeze any split-second action. I have mine set to aperture mode with F8 as my default (the middle of the aperture range). If it’s overcast, raining or getting dark, I either increase my ISO (the film speed) or change my F-stop to still achieve a fast shutter speed of above 1000th of a second.