Breaching whales - how to capture the moment

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Mogens Johansen share his tips on how to capture the perfect whale photograph

I’m standing on the flybridge of Naturaliste Charter’s Dhu Force vessel waiting for two humpback whales to resurface. I have already seen them breach few minutes earlier. Each time they dive, the anticipation mounts. Are they going to do it again, and where are they going to surface? I have to be ready; I want to capture the moment!

It is not as easy as you might think. The boat is rolling around in the swell and the action is over in an instant. You have to be well prepared to maximize your chances of capturing the moment.

Here are a few tips.

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Don't miss Mogens Johansen's feature story on Albany in this Saturday's Travel lift-out in The Weekend West Australian.