April 3, 2014

Surfacing

Photograph by Nadia Aly, National Geographic Your Shot

"I was in Bimini in the Bahamas shooting hammerhead sharks, and after a few weeks I decided to take a break and see if we could get a good dolphin encounter," says Nadia Aly, a member of our Your Shot community. "We headed out in the afternoon and spotted the dolphins pretty much right away."

Aly had been in the water for nearly two hours when she captured this shot. "The dolphins were mostly feeding on the bottom, and every so often they would come up for a breath, check me out, and go back down. This moment was magical. Suddenly all the dolphins below came up to the surface, and it was so beautiful. The waves, the dolphins, the sun—everything is moving. Keeping your eye on the prize, looking for that perfect moment, is what it’s all about."

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107 comments
Eve Farraud
Eve Farraud

Amazing Photo - what an beautiful thing to experience (lucky you)

Shannon T
Shannon T

The way the sun is shining through makes it look like it's raining under water. Well done.

Peggy Sherrod
Peggy Sherrod

Great catch with the light and subjects.. inspiring

kavita amrita
kavita amrita

gorgeous photo-  dolphins are absolutely breathtaking creatures, however i am pretty sure they were not feeding on the bottom: dolphins actually feed at night. they rest during the day, and go down to bottom and back up for air as they rest.

Joy Saldanha
Joy Saldanha

I very much enjoyed your story, David. One more to add to those beautiful dolphins, and how they love and interact with humans. j.e.s........

Joy Saldanha
Joy Saldanha

The sunlight shining through the water is magnificent, and the dolphins milling around are just very much enjoying themselves. They love people, and are curious about them and what they are doing. So we have a great shot in black and white. After what I imagine was a happy two hours spent for the photographer. How can one not love dolphins?   j.e.s......... 

Antonio Falivene
Antonio Falivene

excellent shot! Is it in black and white or it is a light effect?

Janice H.
Janice H.

Sublime and heavenly!      Thank you for this gorgeous, inspiring photo, Nadia!

galina galina
galina galina

ВЕЛИКОЛЕПНО!!!!!!!!!!!! ЭТО ВЕСНА!!! ЛЮБОВЬ!!!


ellie may
ellie may

most beautiful picture I have ever seen.

Rohit Shamuvel Gholap
Rohit Shamuvel Gholap

Black and White color makes this image more lively and the sunlight....great shot


David Murray
David Murray

Love your shoot of the dolphins.  I started training to dive and body surf in 1951 around the beaches from Play Del Ray south to Seaward side of P. V. . This includes beaches Manhattan, Hermosa, Redondo, and all the shore line of including, and up to port of call San Pedro.  I early on found the pleasure and safety of having Dolphins as swimming partners.  I carried this on with me as a Navy rescue swimmer and retriever  eight years ( including six tours in Vietnam).  When ever I was in the water and Dolphins were in the area, I could do my job with out having to look over my shoulder.  They always had my back and in the eight years never had a mishap with sea dangers.  My mishap and my end to diving was in a river removing rocks to recover Gold.  When returning to art after 53 year absent, a life saving feat by a family of bottle nose Dolphins gave me inspiration to do my work titled Oceans Angels.  It was none in heavy stone ground minerals on a four ply poster mat.  Due to the heavy weight of the Marcasite, and the amount I decided to use acrylic poly pour to capture the work.  This allowed me to enter my work now in a medium of Acrylic graphic which over the years I have received 1st place and best of show.  I would really like to get permission to do yours.

Mineral Art By Scott Google and at David M Scott redbubble.      


Nadia Aly
Nadia Aly

@David Murray  What a great story - Do you have a website for ocean angels? I would love to take a look. Let me know :)

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