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Playing With Elves

I've finally returned home, after three weeks spent in New Zealand (where I got married) and Fiji. The trip was a blast, though it didn't necessarily produce much in the way of serious photography. Of course, I'll still post some of the trip highlights here.


New Zealand was fantastic. It was my second trip there (you can see a small collection of photos from my previous trip here), and one of the things I was eager to do again was the Kaikoura dolphin swim.


Once again, it didn't disappoint. We had fantastic weather and ended up surrounded by an estimated 800 dusky and common dolphins. I brought along my new Canon G10 with an underwater housing, and while photography was still fairly difficult due to a fast-moving and unpredictable subject, it managed to produce a few nice shots. Certainly better than the useless disposable I tried last time. :)


If you go to New Zealand, the dolphin swim is a must. If we'd had an extra day there, our group would've gladly done it twice. On a technical note, I was experimenting with a strobe for the underwater shots, but really, there was enough ambient light that it wasn't necessary. With a decent point and shoot and an underwater housing, you should be able to come away with some usable shots.


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Taken on April 5, 2009