Keen to Photograph a Shark?

Gerry van der Walt All Authors Leave a Comment

After another great photography course last Saturday I have spent the last few days in and around Somerset West preparing for one of the most exciting photo safaris on the Wild Eye calendar – the Great White Sharks of Seal Island.

Two days ago we took our cameras for a late afternoon drive down the coast and this was the view looking back towards Gordon’s Bay.

Clouds over Gordon's Bay

Very dramatic and as it turned out the end of a really bad few days of rain and wind in the Cape Town area.

The apparent change in weather is great and things are looking up for our photo safari that starts on Thursday morning.  Truth be told, the weather and rough seas had me kinda nervous so – just in case – I went and I stocked up on seasick tablets and those little straps you put around your wrists which, if you believe the packaging, will stop you from feeling green.

Today Andrew and I have a number of meetings in and around Cape Town and then tomorrow morning we will be relocating to Boulder’s Beach Lodge where we will be based for the duration of our trip.

Exciting stuff!  Four days of photographic great white sharks – hopefully getting some of the spectacular breaches they are known for – and other subjects like penguins, sea birds and some of the seascapes around the Boulder’s Beach area.  All in all it makes for an amazing few days of nature photography.

Now, and if you live in the Cape Town area this is the exciting part, we have had a few last minute cancellations which means we have a few spots open in the morning excursions to photograph the great white sharks.

For all our great white shark safaris we use Apex Predators since they are considered by many to be the best in the game and considering the have zero availability until mid August attests to this fact.

In order to share this amazing nature and photographic experience with as many people as possible we will be opening up the spots on our morning trips on a per-day basis.  This means that you can come and join us for one or two days to photograph this amazing natural phenomenon.

We currently have the following spots available for this coming weekend.:

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  • Friday 27 July 2012 – 3 spots available
  • Saturday 28 July 2012 – 2 spots available
  • Sunday 29 July 2012  – 4 spots available
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On Friday morning we will not be doing an cage diving as we will be focusing purely on the photography side of things.  On the other two mornings we will however be dropping the cage which will give you a chance to view and photograph these fascinating predates up close.

If you are keen you can join us at a cost of R2,250 per person per trip let me know.  And yes – it is most definitely worth it!

Here are some of the shots we will be going after this coming week:

Great White Sharks of Seal Island

Great White Sharks of Seal Island

Great White Sharks of Seal Island

Also, in case that wasn’t enough to wet your appetite, below is a short video clip in which Chris, from Apex, shares some info on the Great White Sharks of Seal Island.

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If you are keen to join us or you have any questions drop me a mail or hit me up on Twitter.  I look forward to sharing the experience with you!

Right, time to get going but will be on the blog each day this week with updates and images.  Will also be doing live updates on Twitter so if you can’t join us you can at least follow along online!

Until next time.

Gerry van der Walt

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