Great White Shark Photography

Started Jan 16, 2014 | Discussions thread
PepsiCan Contributing Member • Posts: 739
Re: Great White Shark Photography

Chris 88 wrote:

LAHJ wrote:

Next thing I would bring is a cover for your camera and lens, as sea spray can be a big issue.

Maybe something like this.

Firstly they are great photos, the colors really pop and the framing is spot on.

Thank you for your advise, I had been wondering about spray. The D7100 is weather sealed but I don't know how much of a battering that can take and I'd rather not test it with salt water of all things! (Plus the lens wont be weather sealed) So I probably will get that cover closer to the time when my bank balance has recovered! I have got a Hoya Pro1 UV filter for protection. I will be going out early morning at sunrise so I'm hoping the sea tends to be a tad calmer then?

I've bought two SanDisk Extreme Pro SDXC UHS-I 64GB, 95MB/s so I'm hoping that will be enough to shoot in RAW. I will probably delete photos I don't want when I get back to land as I then have another 8 days of traveling the coasts of South Africa. (safari, whale watching and a couple of national parks) I would love to take more equipment but my bank manager is going to cut up my visa if I spend much more! One thing I might do is take a portable HD drive and transfer photos onto that at the end of each day, but I don't have a laptop so I'm trying to think of a way of doing that without a computer....

On a side note getting away from photography (the blaspheme!), as someones that's familiar with Cape Town and the area. Is there anything you would recommend to someone going there for the first time? restaurants, attractions, hikes? etc, etc.

No camera will survive a dive in the ocean. But the D7100 will definitely withstand some spray water. Also, don't forget that you'll be facing rearward most of the time while the spray water will come from the boat's bow. Your back will catch most of it so I'd get a cover for that

I'd not bother with a UV filter. The bad ones (read: cheap) actually degrade image quality and it is very debatable whether a UV filter offers protection. Usually, the lens hood, which you must use for added contrast, is an equal or better protection. Also, UV filters are not made to protect anything. They'll likely splinter at the slightest contact with something sharp, leaving glass splinters on your lens. The only reason I'd use a filter is to keep salt water from spraying on your lens' front element. Salt water can be a bit difficult to clean properly. But in such a case I would actually use a polarizer filter instead. This type of filter removes glare from water, so you'll have fewer issues with the water causing your metering to be thrown off.

The memory cards are the best. I have them and the buffer usually clears in about 2 seconds. They'll give you over 500 shots for sure.

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