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Hawaiian Dolphins

Hawaiian Dolphins
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Copyright: Radu Xplorator (Xplorator) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 651 W: 57 N: 1506] (7719)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2002-09
Categories: Ocean
Camera: Nikon N90s, Nikkor 24-85mm f/2.8, Fuji Sensia 100, Circular Polarizer
Exposure: f/6.0, 1/250 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-01-10 4:37
Viewed: 4945
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This are two bottle-nose dolphins I photographed on a catamaran sailing trip along the rugged and paradisiac Na Pali coast of Kauai Island of the Hawaiian Archipelago in 2002 , a wind swept coast with abundant rain, due to its savage and relatively untouched beauty it is the best place I know in these popular islands.
Like I usually do, in order to take pics of dolphins, I wait until they apear and start swimming (rather dance) with the boat, then I secure myself the best spotting place by hangin` over the nose of the boat, use a polarising filter to cut glare and then quickly start a maniacal rodeo with the waves and dolphins trying to catch a somehow lined up image of more than one dolphin as they torture my patience and test my steadiness with their superb cris-cross aquatic dances ...
Of course I realise this photo is not ,,perfect,, but nevertheless one must not struggle to see plenty of beauty into it...

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Radu, not bad. The tails are cut off. O well. The colors are alright. The note is short and sweet.


Hi Radu I like the textures of the water and the look of the dolphins here. The frame however is not complimentary to the overall look of it. Nice shot.

Composition: ****
Sharpness: ***
Color: ****
DOF: **
POV: ****

Nice and clear like previous post.
Well caught.

  • Great 
  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2005-01-11 22:27]

The sharpness here and the colors are great. The shot feels a bit incomplete without the tails, but I assume you were too close to get it in as well.

Well done and thanks for posting

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