Taken during a boat trip off the coast of Oman late last year. Although only two dolphins can be seen here, we saw something like 100+ dolphins in at least ten schools swimming. What I really liked about the boats was that they had dual power - really powerful outboard petrol motors to get near the siting areas, then whisper-quiet low-power electric propeller-less motors once we were in general range of the dolphins. Very friendly to the subjects! :-) Anyway... Not the best photo, I admit, but you wouldn't believe how many I took to get just this one of a specific species jumping and spinning as it breached!! Taken with my Canon G10, which I've owned for some time but never really used much. Thanks for looking :-)
Thank you for the interesting narration. It is always hard to capture moving subjects at just the perfect moment that reveals them best. I've tried at soccer matches. But, just as I see that perfect moment and press the shutter, the moment has passed and I get a much less appealing image. Glad to know that it is not just my cheap p&s cameras' fault. With a high end G10 you have the same problem. In this situation I've come around to conclude that it is just best to go to burst mode instead of trying to compose the shot. But, it seems like cheating when I am selecting the best of several shots the camera alone has made. A lovely shot of the dolphin. Seems you managed to capture that perfect, magical moment.
Bob - I am the "king" of "just missing the shot", lol :-) I feel your pain! I think sports photography must be one of the hardest disciplines, and one thing I've noticed when at soccer or rugby games is that the photographers are almost always taking multiple buffered shots as they track the subject. I figure out of every situation they anticipate, maybe one in ten offers an event worthy of a photograph - and of those events, maybe one in ten or twenty of their photos might come out well. I'm just guessing here, but I'll bet it's pretty much that way! So, you and I with our limited experience and equipment will treasure those rare occasions where we manage to capture an "in motion" shot just the way we wanted it! :-)