Humpback Whales off Binalong Bay
During last weeks Bay of Fires workshop my guests and I were extremely fortunate to experience a small family of humpback whales off Binalong Bay!
We were on board the Bay of Fires Eco Tours Cruise, and the skipper very kindly stopped and let us view the gentle giants of the ocean and we enjoyed the sight of what seemed to be three whales – parents and a calf on their annual migration past Tasmania on their way back to the southern ocean for summer.
The whales came to the surface repeatedly, blowing and displaying their tail flukes nicely. We weren’t treated to any big breaches, and I didn’t notice any flippers, but it was a real surprise and a great experience for us all.
Photographing the whales
A fast shutter speed really is the key. Not only are the whales moving, but so are you as you bob around in the boat.
I shot these in TAv mode which is basically Manual but with flexible ISO. It was a very bright day so I stopped down as much as f8 but generally settled on f6.3. Shutter speed was as fast as 1/2000, and I dialed in a little exposure compensation too. With these settings, the ISO generally settled quite close to 100, indicating I could potentially have even used a faster shutter speed.