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on Mar 21, 2011 in Wildlife Photography

The Spinner Dolphin

Wildlife was on the menu for the day on our Na Pali coast tour. We saw a ton of whales and a lot of breaching. None of the breaching was close enough to photograph but watching the one calf jump for over ten minutes straight! What a show. Well, the whales weren’t the only think jumping.



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Not bad for a D3x! We came upon a small pod of Spinner Dolphins. In the pod were a number of kids and they were having a ton of fun jumping and spinning, what they are known for doing. Then an adult and kid came from under the boat heading away from us. Since there was so much jumping and they were so close, I instantly through the lens on the pair. I no sooner did that and the kid launched into the air. I hit the hammer and shot. You can see the entire series here. Talk about big time fun! The camera was set to aperture priority, f/5.6 about 1/1500, -1 exp comp and the AF set to AAA. What a blast!

Photos captured by D3x, 70-200VR2 on Lexar UDMA digital film