Swimming With Whales
Posted 29 February 2012 - 04:50 PM
Anyway, I currently use a Canon Xti (old equipment I know) and my mother currently uses a Canon Xsi. We both want to get underwater housings for our cameras so we can get some decent shots. We're not looking for Nat Geo quality although that WOULD be nice!
The trip itself is going to cost us approx $5,000 when all's said and done so whatever camera equipment we purchase has to be reasonably priced. We're not looking to spend another $1,000 on top of what it's already going to cost. We do realize though that you get what you pay for so the lesser priced housings may not be that great function wise or image quality wise. Do any of you have any suggestions?
Also, since this will be our first time in shooting the water what settings would you recommend? I normally shoot in Av mode on our whale watches and my mother still uses sports mode. I'm trying to teach her, but at the same time I'm still learning!
Posted 29 February 2012 - 07:40 PM
Regarding u/w whale's photography at the Silver Banks , it can be tricky because the white pectoral fins against the black body of the whales tends to confuse the automatic exposure of the camera also since you will be snorkeling and most of the time water' surface is a little choppy , you will need to counteract the movement with a shutter speed of at least 1/200th so you can start with setting your camera on shutter priority ( not sure how it Canon called that mode ) .
Anymore questions let me know
Posted 01 March 2012 - 05:01 PM
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Posted 08 March 2012 - 04:29 PM
Thanks for the advice! I was thinking of getting a fisheye lens soon so I think that's potentially going to be what I'll be using on my trip for the underwater stuff. The trip I'm looking into going in tries to find whales who are more or less relaxing and being calm to go swimming with so I'm HOPING we'll get lucky and will find some nice co-operative whales that'll be easy to keep up with.
I would not recommend the 10-17mm (or any fish eye) for whales or other large critters. It'll give them a "bulbous" appearance. I'd go with the 10 0r 12-24mm. Take a look at photos of whales and large sharks.
Alaska's Kenai Peninsula
Posted 08 March 2012 - 06:37 PM
These shots of mine were with the 10-17 fisheye set at ard 15mm:
Hope you have a great trip!
Edited by SaveOurSeas, 08 March 2012 - 07:01 PM.
Posted 08 March 2012 - 06:54 PM
Posted 11 March 2012 - 02:50 PM
I'm leaning more towards getting an underwater camera now instead of a fisheye lens for my Canon. I don't know what I was looking at when I first started looking at the fisheye lenses, but the one I saw was in the $300 range which was very doable! Now that I've started to look again they're mostly over $1,000 which is more than I'm looking to spend.
I did find a promising underwater camera (which I just started looking into). It's the Sealife DC1400. Anyone have any experience with this camera? The sample photos and videos I've seen look pretty promising.
It looks like our trip won't be until 2014 because we're trying to get a group together and some of our group members need extra time to save up. So, I still have plenty of time to try to figure things out and get all the gear I need.
Posted 11 March 2012 - 04:22 PM
For two reasons, one the shutter lag with the point and shoot, and two the point and shoot is simply not wide enough at 26 mm to get a good whale photo.
Posted 11 March 2012 - 04:40 PM
Posted 19 March 2012 - 11:47 PM
There are lots of good cameras out there for that money, as to the trip I have found that for whale watching and trips if you really want photos or video the person and group to deal with is Conscious Breath Adventures, they will meet all expectations
Thanks, as I said I just started looking at that camera so I hadn't read all about it. I guess I'll keep searching. I would love to get a fish eye lens and housing for my camera, but I can't spend $2,000+ on it. I think going with a point and shoot may be my only option.