Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Sunset Spinning Hawaiian Spinner Dolphins

Hawaiian spinner dolphins, Stenella longirostris longirostris, are regular residents of Kona, Big Island of Hawaii. They sleep during the day, and then, at around sunset, they wake up and go out for overnight hunting.

Interesting thing is that just before the sun set, they must do these spectacular rituals: "sunset spin-jumps" on their way to the offshore hunting ground. In Kona, most of the time, the sunset is gorgeous, so this everyday event of these resident spinner dolphins is pretty surreal and awesome to witness. Photographing them are totally another story, though. Well, it's very tough!

Hawaiian spinner dolphin, Stenella longirostris, jumping at sunset, Kona, Big Island, Hawaii, USA, Pacific Ocean

Shooting sunset spinners is perhaps one of the most difficult photo-shoots that I do in regular basis. The shooting is not life-threatening like shark or whale shootings, but their jumps are lightening-quick, and the locations and timings of their jumps are very much unpredictable.

Also my eyes are often blinded by the glorious golden sunlight coming through my viewfinder when I shoot against the sun. In such situations, I can only rely on my reflex, concentration and on my camera's performance. It is very difficult to even get a shot in focus! Well... that's ok. If it's easy, I would be out of business, right?

Despite such extreme difficulties, I've got some lucky shots of the sunset spinner dolphins this time! You can check out more sunset spinner shots by entering both keywords in search box: spinner sunset.

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