Members' Online Book: Photography For Cruisers, Chapter 8 of 8

Wildlife Photography—Technique

There’s a whale out there – heave-to and calm the motion down

The first law of getting great shots of anything at all is the simplest – be ready.  Your camera should be near to hand, battery charged, memory card clear and with a clean lens on the body. If you can, make a secure place to stow it under the dodger or in a cockpit locker where it’s easy to get at. Failing that, or if the weather is poor, then down below somewhere safe. More great shots are missed because the camera is buried in a locker in its component pieces than through any other factor – I’ve missed more than one shot of a lifetime like this, and I’m far from alone.

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Colin

Colin, European Correspondent here at AAC, is a deeply experienced offshore sailor who holds a Yachtmaster licence, and a gifted photographer and talented writer who has added a whole new dimension to Attainable Adventure Cruising. In addition, since Colin and Louise are from England and had their OVNI 435, Pèlerin built in France, they bring a European perspective to our site. You can read more about Colin and Louise and their business at their website.

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