Date With Dolphins

Date With Dolphins. In Kaikura, New Zealand they have tours where I was able to go swimming with the Dolphins. This was one of the highlights of my time in New Zealand. The only downside was having to wake up before the sun came up and walk a couple kilometers to where the pickup point was. But the actually dolphin part was awesome

This shot was taken very early in the morning on the way to where the dolphins hang out. It’s a single image that I have tweaked heavily. I used Lightroom, Photoshop, and Macphun’s Intensify CK bring out as much detail and colour as I could in this image. I also used a graduated filter in Lightroom for the first time! I know I should have be using this already, but I never got around to playing with it till now. It allowed me to brighten up the area below the horizon while keeping the sky the tone I wanted.

Growing up one of my biggest dreams was to explore the world. Honestly I never thought this would become reality. But at the end of 2014 I quit my job as a project manager to do just that. I sold most everything I own, packed up the remaining boxes in storage, and set out to see the world. My goals while traveling are to meet people everywhere I go, work on becoming a better photographer, and attempt to stay where the weather is not freezing. Along the way I am posting photos at and writing about my experiences at