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  • Other,  Travel,  Whale Watching

    Where in the world is Sez? An update!

    two whales in the water

    Hello visitors and friends! I apologise for my general silence. It’s been a bit of a whirlwind since I got back from Hervey Bay in August (!!). I thought I’d take the opportunity of this long weekend to give you an update on what’s been happening.

    I realise that title is a bit misleading – whoops! 😬 I’m still here in Australia and no immediate plans for overseas travel, obviously! (Though I’ve been getting daily reminders from Facebook – exactly this time last year I was in Canada! 😭) COVID certainly had other plans for everyone this year, the least of which was any non-domestic travel.

    So what’s been happening?

  • Photography,  Whale Watching

    New online event – come and learn about whale photography!

    Did you hear the news? I’m offering a new online event, all about whale watching and whale photography!

    After I posted my ‘top tips’ instastory and blog post a couple of months back, people had LOTS more questions. There were so many more things I wanted to cover!

    While I would LOVE to share my knowledge through in-person whale photography tours 😍 it’s not so easy to do in this world of COVID-19.

    Enter… the online event. It will be an hour-long webinar-style event and I’ll share with you some things I’ve learned whale watching the last 10 years. That will include things like:

    • What camera settings to use
    • Where (geographically) you can find whales – and which types!
    • Behaviours you’ll see the whales do
    • General tips when taking photos of whales (or wildlife, generally)
    • How to avoid or minimise seasickness

    Yep, I’m even going to cover off a few tips to help you be comfortable on a boat! I know not everyone has a cast iron stomach…

    I would love for you to join me at the event. I’m even going to prepare a ‘handout’ (what’s the online equivalent of a handout? ‘eBook’? 🤔) for attendees which will have a lot of the information I’m discussing.

    To sign up for Whale watching and how to get those awesome photos!, CLICK THE LINK to secure your ticket/access.

    As for the in-person whale photography tours/workshops? Well, I’m not ruling those out just yet. Keep an eye out for 2021! 🤞

  • Photography,  Whale Watching

    My top 10 tips for whale photography

    So you want to know how to take photos of whales? You’re in luck! I’ve received a few questions recently about tips for whale photography, particularly while out whale watching on boats. So I’ve pulled it all together into a blog post!

    Note: I’m not a professional wildlife photographer but I AM a passionate whale watcher who’s been going whale watching (and taking photos of whales) for a good 10 years or so. These are all tips that I’ve picked up along the way.

  • Whale Watching

    Top/favourite whale encounters #1

    We are now at the end of this series of posts. My top/favourite whale encounters. Some of you may have guessed this one was coming but coming in at No. 1 we have…

    # 1 Mum and newborn calf! (July 2018)

    Mother and newborn humpback whale calf glide close by the boat
    Gliding past for a look

    Like the previous post, this encounter also happened on my actual birthday (though two years later).

    TBH, this probably would have made top of my list even if it HADN’T been on my birthday but that certainly made it even more special. I specifically took the day off work so I could go whale watching on my birthday. I am so so so so glad I did.

    We’d only been out on the water maybe 30 mins or so when we saw some blows on the water’s surface a bit further out. At first we thought it was a dolphin because the blow was so small, but as we got closer we realised…

    …It was a BABY WHALE!! 😍

  • Whale Watching

    Top/favourite whale encounters #2

    HAPPY HUMP(BACK) DAY, FOLKS! We’re almost there! (Both with the week and this list. 😂)

    Today is the penultimate in my list of top/favourite whale encounters. This encounter took place ON my actual birthday so it was special for that reason but also because it was…

    #2 My FIRST encounter with Migaloo! (July 2016)

    We’d been tracking Migs since before he went past Byron Bay so we knew he was on his way… it was just a question of would he arrive on THAT day or slip past us during the night? (Please no, please no, please no… 🙏)

    White whale tail above the surface of the water
    Migaloo!

    I went out on a morning tour with another operator but we didn’t see a peep. The whales were, bizarrely, pretty quiet. I think I may have taken 20 photos in TOTAL?? And I usually average HUNDREDS (on occasion, over a thousand 😅) when I’m on a whale watching tour. So it was just WEIRD. I don’t think I’m reading into it too much when I say there was an air of anticipation around and the humans weren’t the only ones feeling it!

    When the morning tour got back in, I went straight over to Sea World Whale Watch (now Whale Watch Australia) and got booked into the afternoon tour. It was a grey, extremely overcast and occasionally drizzly afternoon… but we had high hopes and our fingers (and toes) crossed, so we set off down the coast.