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Dolphin Smile

Dolphin Smile
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Copyright: Lori Morra (loribird) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 920 W: 109 N: 1182] (5561)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-24
Categories: Nature
Camera: Sony DSLR A100, TAMRON DI 200-500
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-08-20 7:47
Viewed: 1802
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Besides my obession for birds I have a great love for dolphins and have enjoyed several dolphin encounters in Hawaii and Tahiti where they are well cared for and protected. The Hilton Waikoloa on the Big Island of Hawaii has a wonderful dolphin lagoon. I can sit and watch parents and babies frolicking for hours. This bottlenose came over to smile and say hello. Adjusted saturation and levels, added frame, merged layers, reduced size and shapened. Hope he brings a smile to your Saturday. Have a great day.
From Wikipedia:
The Common Bottlenose Dolphins live in groups called pods that typically number about fifteen dolphins, but group size varies from solitary bottlenose dolphins up to groups of over 100 or even occasionally over 1000 animals. Their diet consists mainly of eels, squid, shrimp and wide variety of fishes. They do not chew their food, instead swallowing it whole. Dolphin groups often work as a team to harvest schools of fish, but they also hunt individually. Dolphins search for prey primarily using echolocation, which is similar to sonar. They emit clicking sounds and listen for the return echo to determine the location and shape of nearby items, including potential prey. The Common Bottlenose Dolphins also use sound for communication. Sounds used for communication include squeaks and whistles emitted from the blowhole and sounds emitted through body language, such as leaping from the water and slapping their tails on the water. Their head contains an oily substance to protect the brain case and to act as an acoustic lens.

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  • fransx Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2953 W: 139 N: 7397] (41704)
  • [2011-08-20 7:57]

Ths is awesome! A great capture of this cute dolphine emerging from the waer. It seems like it is smiling!
Perfect details in its face features. Good light and beautiful reflecions on its slippery skin.
Well done,

Francis Xavier

Beautiful smile with perfect teeth! Details are sharp with wonderful colors. Well done, tfs.

Bonjour Lori,

Superbe portrait avec toutes ses dents:lol:

Fantastiques reflets vibrants sur l'eau claire.
Bravo & TFS.
Ayez un beau dimanche.

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  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2011-08-20 20:16]


quel cpatage de ce dauphine usperbe comme on voit bien sa dentelure, comme il est chou, fantastique cpatage.

Bravo et amitiť


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  • inaam Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1816 W: 39 N: 465] (4859)
  • [2011-08-21 7:43]

Hello Lori,
It feels like this Dolphin brushes her teeth twice a day. Her smile is lovely. Beautifully taken shot in lateral luminous source which is interesting. Thanks for sharing wonderful picture.

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  • CSP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 65 W: 0 N: 69] (145)
  • [2011-08-21 20:26]

Fantastic shot of the happy expression the dolphin gave you.
Great clarity of the subject and the water, with nice light
reflections in the water.


Great close up of this dolphin with superb focus and clarity.
Stunning detail and all captured from a great POV. Very nicely done!

Bonjour Lori,
Lovely capture of this beautiful dolphin,
Excellent caught of view and details
He realy smile for your camera..and you.
beautiful sharpness and vivid colors.
PS. Many thanks for your comments to all my pictures....

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  • Juliet Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1250 W: 106 N: 2911] (22323)
  • [2011-08-23 8:45]

Hi Lori,
THIS IS WONDERFUL.... Most excellent details- look at his clean teeth. Very good colors and details, really brings a smile to my face. TFS Julie


I love dolphins, they are so fascinating.
I really like the portrait, smile captured and focus at the right moment.
There are beautiful reflections with water, nice work.

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  • Pajo Silver Star Critiquer [C: 17 W: 0 N: 0] (264)
  • [2011-08-24 11:35]

Very good picture dolphin.

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  • Saba Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1474 W: 0 N: 4177] (21534)
  • [2011-08-24 13:40]

Hello dear friend Lori :)

This is the so beautiful painting that it is hard to detach from him eyes.
This dolphin laughs to You so beautifully!
Very showy composition, perfect details, light and colours.
I like him very much, I congratulate on this realization sincerely!

Best wishes.

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