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Tips for photographing whales

03 September 2018

— by Malu Lambert —

Celebrated photographer Dave de Beer shares his tips for photographing whales

Dave de Beer is a wildlife photographer based in Hermanus. Dave has dedicated the last decade to photographing the Southern Right Whales that visit Walker Bay from June to November to mate and calve. He has two books out devoted to the gentle giants showcasing his incredible photography.

He shares with us some of his expert tips.

Photographic tips for whales in and around Hermanus, both from land and sea.

1. Don’t be afraid to shoot into the morning sun, you can create some beautiful, moody shots.

Stand Up Paddling in Hermanus at The Marine tidal pool

2. If the whales are close to the cliffs, try using a standard or wide angle lens to incorporate rock and mountains in your well composed whale photos, it will give a much better story to your shot.

Stand Up Paddling in Hermanus at The Marine tidal pool

3. Try get as close to the water’s edge as possible as nice low level shots change the whole dynamic of your composition. Think creatively.

Stand Up Paddling in Hermanus at The Marine tidal pool

4. Go out in stormy, windy conditions: big seas and whales with lots of splashing water creates really dramatic shots.

Stand Up Paddling in Hermanus at The Marine tidal pool

5. Remember, photographers also have cell phones, use them, they are good.

Stand Up Paddling in Hermanus at The Marine tidal pool

Join Dave on one of his Whale Walking tours:

The tours are approximately 2.5 hours long, and start with a trip to the museum; he then drives participants to all of his secret whale-watching locations.

“Yes, there is a little walking and rock hopping, but I will get you close up to these gentle giants.”

» More info: www.hermanuswhales.co.za/whale-tours/
Make The Marine your base for enjoying all that whale season in Hermanus has to offer. Whales can be spotted while relaxing in your luxury sea-view rooms or the elegant Sun Lounge.

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