And Then. . .

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Landscape / Nature / Photo Log / Photography / Seascapes / Wildlife


June 20, 2018; Doubtful Sound, South Island, New Zealand. It was a beautiful day. First day of winter in the Southern Hemisphere. Bright sun. Not a cloud in the sky. Gorgeous. The air was crisp. Clean. Cold.

Except this was our one and only day to photograph one of the most dramatic fjords in New Zealand. We wanted clouds. Mist. Fog. Dark dusky drama. Rain squalls. Rainbows. We got none of it. Mother Nature served up sunshine. What was she thinking?

She did provide the makings of one good sea/landscape — appropriately deep blue. See my last blog post.

And now here’s the rest of the story:

Not more than a few minutes later exploded a dolphin, the low sun adding a tiny touch of gold to each lens droplet of the water burst. Up. Click. Gone.

And then it was quiet again.

(Nikon D500; Nikon 200-500mm f/5.6 ED VR zoom. RAW processing in DxO PhotoLab; final editing in Adobe Photoshop.)

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California based fine-art photographer featuring abstract, impressionist, and minimalist seascapes — near and distant — and floral-based images. Fine-art photography can be seen at All original images on this blog are copyright 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 Michael Scandling. All rights reserved. No images on this site may be copied, duplicated, reused, published, or re-purposed in any way without express permission from the copyright owner, Michael Scandling.


  1. Seems like Nature provide pretty fair recompense for all that horrible sunshine. An amazing moment to capture an amazing creature.


  2. What luck to have been able to press the shutter just…then! I like the sense of grand space around the dolphin, with the cliff behind it. And that sun-sparkled splash against the matte blues. New Zealand is one of those places I’d love to get to, but – a long trip, and a pretty penny! 🙂


    • Thank you. And now here’s the rest of the story: There were about 10 people in front of me snapping away with their cell phones while I was trying to get my long lens to thread a path between them to the spot where several dolphins were jumping. So, luck really had a lot to do with it.


      • It’s interesting how easily we can idealize those moments, both/either as the communicator and the recipient. Sometimes they’re not quite as ideal as they sound at first blush, yet this photo manages to give us all the joy with none of the hassle. 🙂


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