How to shoot a whale

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NEWS -

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.

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