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I was on a tall ship leaning way over the side. Say about 4 yards away. 85mm zoom. The camera was handheld, but keep it steady with ropes.
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Martin J. Preslar
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    WOW! Great shot! How close were you? What zoom level? Was this handheld? WOW!

12/22/2005 9:49:34 AM

William F. Clair
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I was on a tall ship leaning way over the side. Say about 4 yards away. 85mm zoom. The camera was handheld, but keep it steady with ropes. Thanks for your comments.

12/22/2005 10:12:31 AM

Dr Silly
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Wonderful photo. Nice and clear for this action shot. :o)

12/22/2005 10:31:05 AM

Brinn MacDougall
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Super shot, the smooth water..perfect timing as he breaks the surface!

12/22/2005 10:32:06 AM

Michelle J. Harvey
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What a beautiful capture! Love the composition and clarity!!

12/22/2005 10:57:09 AM

Christian P. Nicolas
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Very nice work.

12/22/2005 11:12:04 AM

Pat Gamwell
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ABSOLUTELY MAGNIFICENT capture, William! Couldn't be more perfect!

12/22/2005 12:35:56 PM

Tony Wilder
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this really rocks! A++++

12/22/2005 3:10:03 PM

Judy A. Lawhon
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Terrific capture,William!!

12/22/2005 3:14:35 PM

Janine Russell
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William, excellent detail and clarity.

12/22/2005 7:39:51 PM

Jim Kinnunen
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Very cool image, William!:)

12/22/2005 8:39:34 PM

Karacan Salkuci (Kalacay)
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Wonderful image. Great clarity.

12/24/2005 5:46:56 PM

Denise Kappa
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Amazing photo - and this was hand held on a boat? Truly an incredible capture, Bravo dear friend!

2/21/2006 9:09:21 AM

Martin J. Preslar
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Congrats on the finalist! This is a great capture and well deserving! :)

2/21/2006 9:20:42 AM

Sherri A. Belack

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Yahoo, Congrats on the finalist! You make me PROUD, Big Brother! This was an excellent CAPTURE! Floating on cloud 9 with ya!

2/21/2006 11:22:19 AM

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good anticipation and timing to capture this moment!

2/21/2006 4:44:39 PM

Anita Taylor
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Incredible timing and wonderful detail! Congratulations!

2/21/2006 7:10:10 PM

Endre Balogh
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A truly gorgeous photo, Willie. This has always been one of my favorites. It is an amazing capture! Congratulations on having it chosen as a finalist. It ought to win more than that.

2/22/2006 12:17:02 AM

Pat Gamwell
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Incredibly beautiful, William! CONGRATS!

2/22/2006 12:21:27 AM

Isabel L
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This is stunning!! Congratulations!

2/25/2006 2:02:23 PM

Piotr M. Organa
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Excellent! Congrats, William!

2/25/2006 4:23:46 PM

Donna LaMattino Pagakis
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The timing is beautiful!! So is the dolphin, my favorite creature!! Outstanding winning image, congratulations!!!

2/25/2006 7:21:35 PM

Jim Kinnunen
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Beautiful action image of this Dolphin, William...congratulations!:)

2/25/2006 7:26:41 PM

Endre Balogh
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Way to go, Willie!!!! Multiple thumbs up for the Second Place win! Bravo!!
All the best,

2/26/2006 12:08:54 AM

Karen A. Johnson
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Wow stunning image Willie, congrats on the second placing :)

2/26/2006 1:28:08 AM

Donna W. Neal
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WOW love the details in this!

Congratulations on this outstanding winner William

2/26/2006 5:43:21 AM

Susie Peek-Swint
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Wow ~ what an awesome capture ~ fantastic shot William ~ many congrats!

2/26/2006 6:30:26 AM

Darrel L. Larson
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Awesome capture! Absolutely beautiful!

3/3/2006 11:08:38 PM

Dave Sanders
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Wonderful photo William. Congratulations

3/11/2006 6:16:12 AM

William F. Clair
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I want to thank all who have made a comment on my photo and to say I am so sorry that I have not had time to comment back. I am in the process of putting up an extensive website at the same time holding down a teaching job which I will be retiring from soon. You will all be hearing from me when things settle down. Thank you again.

3/11/2006 8:47:48 AM

Cathy M. Gromball
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Congratulations on your Second Place win, William!

Cathy :)

3/21/2006 5:23:50 PM

Rebecca Burkett
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very impressive, especially hand held on a boat! It's beautiful.

4/27/2006 1:10:15 PM

Alice Lero
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Love the shot....Great! :)

5/6/2006 1:13:28 PM

Andrew JM Davies
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100% saleable!

6/2/2006 5:37:16 AM

Angela Pound

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I just love this fantastic photo William. It is a great pic and a winner for sure.

8/10/2006 8:56:48 AM

Carolyn J. Connolly
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WOW, William - this is a FANTASTIC image...and SO-O deserving of it's Second Place win!! I just LOVE dolphins, and this is SUCH a *wonderful* photographic capture of this GORGEOUS creature!! :o)

You did REALLY well taking this from the side of the boat!! Phil and I have been out on a boat, with dolphins swimming along near the bow with us!! I know how difficult it can be to try and catch one just breaking the surface like this!! VERY well done!! :o)

9/16/2006 7:25:36 PM

Renee Doyle
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Congratulations on this fantastic capture and well deserved second place win William!!!! Excellent capture!

9/21/2006 12:14:45 AM

Sharrie Thomas
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Wow, this is fantastic!! It should've been 1st. place! Great job.

9/23/2006 7:13:41 AM

Carol Teal
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Wow! What a perfect capture! I know how fast these are and how many times the reflections of the water can make it hard to get such a great shot! And then to be on a boat too! A truly beautiful image of this graceful animal! A late congrats on your win!

3/31/2007 1:15:32 AM

Karen Slagle
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Magnificent winning capture, William. Big congrats on this. Glad you didn't drop your camera.....

3/31/2007 6:18:30 AM

RC  Fritz
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Perfect timing, William. Well deserved WIN. Congratulations!

4/7/2007 2:22:29 PM

Vladan D. Djordjevic
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Fantastic timing and color! Beautiful photo!

5/1/2008 11:57:08 PM

Dick Jenkins
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It's definitely a winner William. Belated congratulations. Shutter speed around 500?

Dick Jenkins

4/29/2009 8:18:16 PM

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