Departing from Cape Ann Marina, Gloucester
Friday, May 17th • 2-8pm
Friday, June 14th • 2-8pm
Featuring photography of (hopefully) whales while on the water
Recommended prerequisite: Working knowledge of your camera
We also recommend having some of the knowledge from our Beginner Photography class
Instructor: Don Toothaker & Capt. John Pirie
All Skill Levels Welcome
Class Size: Limited to 6 attendees
Join us aboard an offshore power catamaran with Capt. John T. Pirie on a private tour available only to Hunt’s Photo Education attendees. We plan to immerse you in the cetacean feeding frenzy that occurs each Spring as these hungry giants return from their long migration and 4 month fasting period. One can expect to see a variety of cetaceans, birds and occasionally fish such as tuna and sharks. Whales such as Humpback, Minke, Finback, and the endangered Right Whale frequent the Cape Ann waters during the Spring migration. We often see large schools of Atlantic White-Sided Dolphins who are always willing to come play around the boat. The shy Harbor Porpoise may be sighted as well as seals and a large variety of pelagic birdlife.
We will depart from Cape Ann Marina onboard the “Orca”– a 26’ twin engine custom-built catamaran. We will spend 6 hours at sea during prime light and viewing hours. The trips will be limited to 6 photographers so that your experience is both intimate and personalized. You will have the opportunity to practice and improve your photography skills while enjoying a remarkable experience amongst feeding cetaceans.
More details, including what to bring and what to expect, are listed below.
If you are attending this workshop, we will send out more specific instructions to you a few days prior to the workshop. However, be advised we will be meeting at Cape Ann Marina in Gloucester, MA at the time listed. Please note: Some slight details above can be subject to change. This email will detail any of those minor changes.
Please read Hunt’s Terms & Conditions before signing up. Also read a note on sea weather below in “Cancellations”.
Suggested Boat Gear: brimmed hat, polarized glasses, suntan lotion, lip protectant, refillable water bottle (full to start, refill containers will be onboard and chilled), snacks and food you might want, full rain gear(pants and top), fleece jackets, gloves (preferably neoprene), winter hat, rubber boots with deck soles are highly recommended as the boat is wet and wet feet are cold feet at this time of year. Whatever the temperature is on land one should subtract at least 20˙ for on ocean temperatures. If its shorts weather on land it likely will not be on the water. Dress in layers, if possible.
Suggested Photo Gear: Camera body with lens, circular polarizing filters, spare battery, a soft backpack to store your gear in a dry safe location. The optimum lens is between 200mm-400mm. The whales often approach us so focal length does not have to be as high. Most people shoot handheld as monopods tend to be cumbersome on a boat. Please consider using Hunt’s Photo Rentals, as we have many lens options available!
What’s Included: All appropriate and necessary safety gear for such a voyage will be on the boat. A basic medical kit is also available. A safety briefing will be conducted in advance of our departure. Don will be delivering photo hints in a continuous manner during the trip. Local history and the biology of cetaceans will also be a focal point presented by the Captain. You will return with a significant amount of information regarding these grand creatures and hopefully some memorable images that reflect your improved skills and experience behind the lens.
Physical Activity: You will not be exerting yourself very much but a strong sense of balance and the ability to brace oneself securely are key. The ocean can be rough, so one should be prepared for nausea. We recommend taking anti-nausea meds an hour before leaving the dock, if one is susceptible. You should eat a nourishing non-greasy laden meal before departure. The non-drowsy anti-nausea formulas are preferred. Divertigo is a great alternative to Dramamine as are the acupuncture bracelets. Best of all is the Relief Band electronic stim watch that one can wear on ones wrist.
Cancellation: Weather can occasionally be un-workable for offshore tours. If the seas and winds are too powerful to be offshore safely, then we will either cancel the trip outright or if possible re-configure the tour to be an inshore exploration of the coastline and the vast marsh systems with their abundant resident and migratory bird life. You will be refunded in the event of cancellations.