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Posted By: Kerrowdown, 06-25-2015, 09:52 AM

Went Dolphin watching today at Chanonry Point, it's between Fortrose and Rosemarkie on the Black Isle. This narrow peninsula is an ideal location with views across the Moray Firth to Fort George, it's really hard to photograph these things, by the time you've seen 'em... they've gone.

Other folk post amazing pictures and make it look easy, trust me, these two shots are the best I could come up with today and they're not great.

It was a rare outing for the “Duchess” (SMC Pentax-A* 300mm F4.0) so she wasn't complaining.

P.S. I wonder do they do that moon walk thing on their tails in the wild like Flipper used to do? or is that strictly the reserve of the trained animals.

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Two great timed catches.......well done.
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Two great timed catches.......well done
I think I need to a lot more work on the anticipation side of things, also go back on a better day with more light, instead of the dull overcast one we had today.
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I prefer taking photos of the gaggle of photographers.

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I've seen them doing backflips beside the Bow Fiddle rock, just on my doorstep (well, 400m away). I never cease to be amazed when I see them.
Looks like you are already getting to grips with the anticipation side of things
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I prefer taking photos of the gaggle of photographers
I was in the right place for that too, all around were monopods and gimbal mounts with 300 plus mm on board.

Couldn't see any obvious other fellow users of this brand about either.
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Looks like you are already getting to grips with the anticipation side of things
I missed a few other breeching (a technical term I overheard for this jumping lark ) opportunities, purely by not looking in the right place.
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Good days hunting looks like to me.

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I have taken images of dolphins twice.
Both times I captured a pic of lots of water with just a dorsal fin out of the water.
On one occasion I anticipated pretty much where the next leap out of the water would be...and still captured a pic of a dorsal fin.
Kerrowdown, you have gone up in my estimation (even after your nasty crack about the state of (one of) the ancestral home(s).
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Good days hunting looks like to me
No I came away feeling that I should have done a lot better than I did.
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Kerrowdown, you have gone up in my estimation
Thanks for that.

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(even after your nasty crack about the state of (one of) the ancestral home(s)
No you misunderstand, Urquhart Castle has the second highest visitor attendance each year after Edinburgh Castle. Historic Scotland is an executive agency of the Scottish Government and they are charged with safeguarding the nationís historic environment. But even after the millions they've spent on the place, it's hardly wind and water tight.

What I was suggesting... that perhaps Clan Grant could at least get it back to a condition, to at least keep the elements out.
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I get that feeling every time I go out (of course I'm a newbie), but to anticipate then capture a jumping dolphin from the shore (even a boat)? And a black dolphin must have presented a challenge against the shinny sea. Not bad at all IMHO. I'm sure you will avenge the poor weather and return on a nice day.
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I'm sure you will avenge the poor weather and return on a nice day
Aye I really think a lot more light is the answer, faster speeds too perhaps.
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