Camera Critters #4; Dolphins

After an afternoon on the Swan River, cruising upstream from the Port of Fremantle to the Old Perth Port (aka The Barrack St Jetties) I was pleasantly weary. The free wine-tasting was  partly to blame.  So was the  darkening sky.

I perform at my best under bright sunny skies. The sky on Friday had spent all day gathering clouds. Now, close to sunset, the evening had come in earlier than expected. Everything had become dull and grey. Even the water was reflecting grey back at the sky.

As we moored, there was a sudden increase in energy from the lethargic passengers. Something had disturbed the flat surface of the Swan River.

Dolphins! Hunting. About a dozen of them.

I had difficulties with focus and sharpness. Shooting totally on the fly, using a slightly slower shutter speed because of the lack of light; those dolphins are FAST! I had to accept four reasonable images from around fifty snaps. Not a good return.

The bonus was simply being in their presence.

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12 Responses

  1. WOW! WOW! WOW! This would be SO awesome to see in person! Thanks for sharing this with us.

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  2. OMG I LOVE DOLPHINS!!! I have a dolphin tattoo, they are so beautiful!

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  3. That must have been an awesome site!

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  4. wow, that must have been so exciting to see!

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  5. I haven´t ever seen free dolphins but it´s a dream of mine to do so :)

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  6. Archie: I think it was great that you could capture this beautiful animal on film.

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  7. Oh the photos are wonderful! What a special event to see dolphins in the wild!!

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  8. Oh but these are very good shots! And I adore dolphins! :-)

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  9. the top one is my favourite :)

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  10. Sometimes you have to forget the camera and just immerse in the experience. Wow, I would love to see dolphins but, at least I got to enjoy your shots.

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  11. Incredible, wonderful and all the other words that describe dolphins! Great shots.

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  12. [...] know I posted some dolphins a couple of weeks ago in cloudy, dull conditions. These were in sunshine and even closer so I feel [...]

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