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    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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    1. _ njphoto [deleted] 73 months ago | reply

      Love the composition fiz!

    2. t.sullivan photography 72 months ago | reply

      Amazing photo! I can't even imagine what it would be like to swim with 800 dolphins. Sounds like a fantastic trip! Congrats on the wedding :)

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    3. dennisjbarton 72 months ago | reply

      Nice capture Max

    4. GFletch -- persistently behind :) 72 months ago | reply

      Very, very cool! Wonderful shot!

    5. N. Mexico 72 months ago | reply

      OH my gosh!!! How cool and congrats on your marriage!

    6. ftoomschb - I block industrial-strength followers 72 months ago | reply

      Congrats on getting married! And this looks like another amazing experience! Good for you!

    7. MistyDays / CB 72 months ago | reply

      ah, that's gorgeous! ;-) Love underwater shots....welcome home!

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    8. Ben Kimball 72 months ago | reply

      really nice composition of the 3 of them.

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    9. Jackie Donnelly ~ Seattle Photographer 72 months ago | reply

      Congratulations on your marriage! That's wonderful! And these dolphins are incredible. You are very lucky to experience this.

    10. asparks306 72 months ago | reply

      *nature* outpost!

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    11. gusgrosch 72 months ago | reply

      Great experience, I'm envious

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    12. **Mary** 72 months ago | reply

      Amazing capture! We have friends who are still in NZ after several weeks - can't wait to see the photos - hear it's a country not to be missed!

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    13. Jeremy Stockwell 72 months ago | reply

      Wonderfully composed.
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    14. Jessica Kirste 72 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called *Gems of Nature* (Post 1, Comment 2), and we'd love to have this added to the group!

      awww love this one!
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    15. Dolphin Encounter 66 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Dolphins in Kaikoura, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

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