Weekly Photo Challenge: Fleeting


Can You Guess What It Is Yet?

I had the pleasure of doing the overnight cruise in Doubtful Sound; a fjord in New Zealand. Morning broke to find me out on deck in my pyjamas and thermals trying to capture the sunrise on camera because I’d read somewhere that the difference between a good photographer and a great photographer depended on the time you get up and out there – and I felt inspired.

I’ve never seen a dawning like it. And as if that wasn’t enough, the dolphins came out to play: weaving complex patterns around and beneath the boat.

The b!ggers sure swim fast! I must have used a roll and a half trying to get a good shot of them – and I had a digital camera so I could at least see whether the shot was any good or not.

What I came away with was 50 odd photos containing the tip of a fin here; the splash left after the b!ggers dived under just as I pressed the button (They just seemed to sense these times); and lots of photos containing what was clearly identifiable as slightly rippled, but obviously empty sea water.

This is my favourite shot of the collection: something about the blurry, not-quite-there quality of the image seems to capture the breathless amazement and excitement of the experience perfectly.
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21 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Fleeting

    1. Hello and thank you, markshimazuphotography.

      Your suggestion is probably right. Photo editing is something I’m just getting into, so it’s hard to know what to consider when. I have a piece of work in which I was planning on using this image, so I’ll try out your suggestion and see where it goes.

  1. That’s a great photo. I really love it. It’s so exciting when you see dolphins along side a boat. I saw one once when I was driving a bus – I went over a bridge I’d driven over a thousand times before but this time I saw a dolpihin! It was so cool.

    1. You saw dolphins on your bus route? OK, you definitely win the dolphin spotting challenge. Did you stop the bus in shock? If it were me, I’d have forgotten myself and popped out for a look-see.

      1. Haha. Almost but it was on a very busy bridge and they had gone… but I looked at that place every time I crossed over the bridge for at least another month.. never saw them there again. xo

    1. Thank you, the amateurcamera. To be honest, I’d never really paid much attention to dolphins before this event. There’s something about their energy that is infectious.

  2. We did an overnight Doubtful Sound cruise a few years ago. It was phenomenal. The dolphins leaped in and out of the boat’s bow and wake – there must have been a dozen of them. It was amazing. Thanks for the memory!!

    1. Hello Tina. It’s some experience, isn’t it? I’ve been looking over the photos from the cruise and am going to write a post about it because it was so much fun and I want to share my adventures. Keep an eye out and we can compare notes.

  3. You’ve got an awesome blog and I love your fleeting dolphin shot. Thanks for liking my recent post, otherwise I would have missed something really good here.

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