Whale Photography in Paradise

When people think of Hawaii; they think of summer vacation, beaches, and relaxation. What many people overlook are the warm winters, lush tropical landscapes, and spectacular wildlife Maui has to offer. February is one of the best times to visit. Over 10,000 Humpback whales return to give birth, mate and nurse their young. Hawaii is the only state in the US where birthing and mating occurs. Why do whales choose Hawaii? Some of the same reasons we do; warm clear water, shallow depths, and lack of predators. Maui is the premier photography location as the depths in the Maui channel do not exceed 200 ft. In February 2017, we witnessed over 100 breaches from our hotel Lanai. You learn quickly there is a big difference between seeing and “experiencing” these majestic mammals when you are on a boat, within 100 yards of a breach, camera in hand.

We round out this itinerary with other incredible photography opportunities. We experience a spiritual Haleakala sunrise, travel and photograph along the historic 64 mi. Hana Highway, and spend time in a unique lava field landscape. Our objectives are to give photographers a chance to scratch items off their bucket list while we work with you to improve your nature photography skills. Your hosts for this trip have been fortunate enough to visit Maui 5 times and understand the island culture, best locations to stay, and where to put photographers in position to capture all the beauty and mystery this island has to offer.
This is an all inclusive workshop, All ground transportation, hotel, excursions, park fees, meals, and all the little things are included in the price.

Included in this Trip:
4 Boat excursions to get up close and photograph Humpback Whales, including one sunset dinner cruise.
1 guided trip to the summit of Haleakala Crater to photograph a sunrise, weather permitting.
1 trip to Hana and Back, capturing Seascapes, Waterfalls, and Rainforest along the way
1 trip to the Wailea Lava Fields
1 Luau, VIP seating
Multiple Sunrise and Sunset opportunities
All Meals, minus one dinner. We want you to experience Kaanapali or Lahaina with your partner.
High end beachfront resort in Kaanapali steeped in Hawaiian culture and tradition. Ocean view rooms.
Built in downtime for exploring, hanging out at the beach. Also a good time to review post processing with anyone in need of assistance.

NATURE’S VIEW: Photographing from a Boat During a Cold Alaskan Rain, Part 2, by Jim Clark

Sea Otter 08212013 Southeast AK (c) Jim Clark

Sea Otter 08212013 Southeast AK (c) Jim Clark

Story and photograph by Jim Clark

In the last issue of eNews (Part I), I wrote about a private cruise along the Alaskan Coast where I was invited to teach photography. In that piece, I emphasized the importance of keeping your equipment and yourself safe and weatherproof when photographing from a small boat. Now that we are warm and cozy, and our equipment is protected from the fickle elements of the weather, let’s explore some shooting techniques.

Unless you are photographing from a ship (remember, a boat fits on a ship, but a ship cannot fit on a boat), a tripod is not going to be useful. There is too much wave action and other vibration-causing variables, such as boat motors, breaching whales, splashing seals and such. Handholding your equipment is the way to go on a small skiff. Having the luxury of great technology today is helpful in achieving sharp images when handholding gear. Continue reading