Dolphins! / by Stephen Ball

The weather was perfect on Saturday in Gibraltar for a little boat trip out in to the Bay to do some dolphin watching.  We booked on the 2:00pm boat trip on Saturday with Dolphin Adventure (the yellow boat!) and headed out in to the Bay.

It didn't take long for dolphins to be spotted and we were soon surrounded by a dozen or more - the skipper cut the engines and we just drifted for a while as the dolphins put on a show for us.

It was a very bright day, however dolphins move very fast so I knew I needed a fast shutter speed to freeze the action.  A big depth of field wasn't crucial so I set the lens at f/5.6 and ISO200 which gave me a shutter speed of 1/1000 or better which was my minimum benchmark for sharp photos.  I was shooting with the Nikon D800 with Nikon 24-70mm lens attached.  Focus mode was in continuous focus and I had the camera set to CH (Continuous High) so when I pressed the shutter the camera would take a few rapid pics and I could choose the best one later when I got the photos in to the computer.  As always, I was using back-button focus.

It was quite tricky getting good shots of the dolphins as they just suddenly appear out of the water so you need to be quick.  When they dive back down it is also difficult to predict where and when they will re-surface!  So, it's a matter of being prepared with your camera settings and grabbing pics as best you can.

I have attached below a couple of the best images from Saturday.

I will update the blog again later in the week.

Thanks for reading,

Steve