Thanks, everyone. We were really excited to finally see them bubble feeding.
JGunn wrote in post #17062607
Really nice shots! I live near some great whale watching locations, but I am too scared to take my gear out into a zodiac to get the shots I want. Do you have any suggestions, or should I just suck it up?
I have not done any whale watching on a zodiac, but this was a smaller boat (14 passengers, plus the pilot and pro photographer/naturalist). Other times, we have been on catamarans in Hawaii and larger boats in Maine and Boston. Personally, I prefer the smaller boats, as you do not have as many other people to contend with, fighting for space to get their shots with camera phones, iPads, etc.
I've never had a problem bringing my gear on board. Just take normal precautions -- make sure your gear is secured so you do not drop it overboard, and if you are concerned about salt water spray, use some rain sleeves and wipe the equipment down after the excursion. I have never needed rain sleeves unless it is actually raining, though. Also, I found a monopod very useful this time. Finally, instead of trying to change lenses while on board, I would recommend bringing two cameras with different lenses mounted, if possible.