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Capturing The Elusive Whale Photo

Go on safari in Hawaii

eTN Staff Writer  Mar 26, 2010

MAALAEA, Maui, HI – Every day during whale season, photographers of all levels of experience line up along the decks of Maui whalewatch cruises, hoping to catch that elusive perfect whale photo; yet all too often the snap was just a second too late, the light or angle not quite right. This whale season, Pacific Whale Foundation is offering a simple and enjoyable cure to such photographic frustrations - the "Whale Photo Safari" Cruise, where expert whale photographers will offer firsthand tips on how to shoot amazing whale photos.

The Whale Photo Safari Cruise will take place from 6:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 3. That time of day typically offers rich golden light that’s perfect for whale photos.

Participants will learn industry-insider tips and tricks on shooting photos of whales from professional photographers. You will also have a chance to try out Pacific Whale Foundation’s professional Canon cameras and gear. After the cruise, participants will receive (by mail) a free DVD of whale images taken during the cruise. They will also be invited to pick up a free color whale poster at Pacific Whale Foundation’s Ocean Store.

Passengers will be served a complimentary tropical-style continental breakfast and refreshments throughout the cruise.

The workshops will be led by Pacific Whale Foundation researcher Annie Macie and marine life photographers Monica and Michael Sweet. Annie has served for the last three years as lead photographer for the Pacific Whale Foundation research team, studying and photographing numerous marine species throughout the Pacific. Her work has included three seasons of studying whales in eastern Australia and one season studying whales in Ecuador.

Monica and Michael Sweet have spent the last decade creating beautiful photographs of the Hawaiian Islands and the surrounding marine life. They have won over 20 international awards for excellence in art and photography, shown their photographs in galleries, and had their work published in major magazines, books, greeting cards, and calendars. They seek to create compositions that tell a story, have good abstract lines for the eye to follow, a fluid mix of highlights and shadows, and emphasize that lighting is critical.

“We have been having consistently amazing whale encounters aboard all of our whalewatch ecotours,” said Macie. “Combining these close encounters with the chance to learn about whale photography first hand creates a truly unique opportunity – one that no aspiring whale photographer should miss.”

Tickets for the Whale Photo Safari Cruise are US$99.95 per person. For reservations, please call Pacific Whale Foundation at (808) 249-8811 ext. 1, or visit .

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