First I would like to say that this is not a picture I took. I am a relative of this boy and his father. However it is such a unique moment in his life that I decided to post it to TE with permission.
Second, this photo was not taken in a water park. It is taken in the sea, close to the beach when a free dolphin came to the shore...
This photo was taken in Loutraki, Greece. The boy, Spyros is his name, is a champion swimmer for his age group in Greece. As a result he spends as much time in the water as he can. That evening as the sun was setting in the background a dolphin came to shore and started playing with Spyros. His father was the one that made the shot. It is a moment he will remember for the rest of his life.
I just cropped the photo a little after I corrected the tilt in the horizon and added some USM.
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sohrab (7439) 2004-08-14 2:34
you both are so lucky
this is just beautiful
elizemeijer (131) 2004-08-14 2:48
Gorgeous picture.. Compliments to the father..
i am sure no one would forget something like this..
softflower (0) 2004-08-14 2:48
Superbe photo avec le reflet du soleil sur l'eau.
On se croirait dans Flipper le dauphin.
Galeota (10338) 2004-08-14 2:51
Beautiful. This is an unique moment in a lifetime. Thanks for sharing this one.
timotey (119) 2004-08-14 3:29
Amazing shot ! A rare moment caught here with an excellent composition and colours rendering. Very well done, even if you're note the photographer. Thanks a lot fo giving us this beautigul view !
maciekda (19895) 2004-08-14 4:10
this one is really nice, unusual perspective, the dolphin is so close, wonderful light, great smile. great mood.
jackwp (519) 2004-08-14 15:58
The photo has a very silky texture, and is very clear. This is a wonderful shot. Thanks for sharing it with TE....
richtersl (3546) 2004-08-14 18:14
Fantastic! The photographer caught a very special moment. Thank for sharing that with us.
Georges (11185) 2004-08-15 4:21
Trιs belle prise des plus originale.
Le cadrage est super en nous mettant au raz de l'eau.
Xalkida (11744) 2004-08-17 18:23
Well Niko, this photo is one of the most beautiful I have seen here at TE! Well done! Extra fine job!
magnier (988) 2004-08-21 22:14
incredible!!!! perfect photo, the colors of the sun is beautiful, congratulations!
bpelvan (3798) 2004-08-27 14:07
Words are not sufficient enough to express the feelings on such a scene.. I'm agree that it's gonna be his, maybe, the most important moment. I hope that this will be the sign of his luckyness..
ElenaGr (450) 2004-09-21 19:49
Amazing photo, just fantastic shot and a unique moment to share with us! I can't thank enough... Congratulatons Niko!
Catli (550) 2004-09-26 11:47
Wow! This is an amazing shot, considering that this was taken in nature and the dolphin was totally free. The boy is so lucky! I can imagine the joy he must have felt to meet this unexpected friend. Thanks for sharing this incredible moment with us.
shutterbug (531) 2004-10-02 14:39
Wow, what an awesome capture by your friend! What a happy moment for them (the dolphin too). :) Thank you for sharing this joyful occasion. GTF
pcostas (321) 2004-10-02 14:45
Trully unique moment !!!
So envy of the photographer and spyros... so lucky to have seen it....
thanks for sharing the moment.
Aegean (2571) 2004-10-02 15:09
Simply a masterpiece Niko!
tuffellow (546) 2004-10-05 20:36
What a one-in-a-million shot! We don't see many like this on TE, thanks for posting it. Small technical detail: the horizon is still tilted. Try rotating about 1.25 degrees counterclockwise.
trip (860) 2004-12-23 13:05
Wonderful photo, light, and story.
Maru (0) 2005-01-17 5:53
A unique moment of life! I love this shot.. the sunlight is amazing with the reflection over the sea.. boy and dolphin seem to be friends forever..
Thanks for sharing this beauty :)
quino (693) 2005-02-10 5:15
So lucky to share that time with one of the most beautiful animals of the world.
Fucowee (96) 2005-03-01 14:50
Nice shot. very good timing for this unique photo.
jofiction (114) 2005-03-12 9:22
what a tender moment you captured there.
iliannak (774) 2005-04-25 4:34
that's so lovely ... a unique photo and moment ... to be franc I envy a bit Spyros ;o)
thanks for sharing it :o)
singuanti (15250) 2005-05-11 22:34
I've always loved this shot Nikos. Too bad you weren't lucky enough to be there yourself to take the shot. Truly a memorable moment for everybody! Fantastic light too. Nice shot Nikos.
Intruder (3099) 2005-05-23 19:41
Hi Nick, this is a magnificent shot, i haven't seen any dolphin getting so close to a swimmer, thanks for sharing!
jafadabret (56501) 2005-06-12 8:55
Surprenante et pleine de joie de vivre, cette photo de rencontre avec ce dauphin dans le milieu sauvage. La vie est belle.
odemira (514) 2005-07-06 14:52
Great shot, words can't describe what this picture is. Simply great.
Amphitrite2004 (0) 2005-08-17 1:06
natural photo, very nice ^_^ I like it
devimeuxbe (58557) 2005-09-09 8:29
Congratulations for this fantastic shot !
Nice complicity between the child and the fish.
Nice frame, nice light.
A great work !
rowanb (864) 2005-09-13 9:07
wow what a great moment
thanks for sharing =)
DLM (6479) 2005-09-13 12:09
Hi Nikos thank you for sharing this wonderful shot ,pure delight.After seeing your gallery you are now in my favourites.
markpanos (1977) 2005-10-09 0:04
I am SHOCKED.
crisd (77) 2005-10-31 1:49
Excellent, splendid, very good colours and light.
Thanks for sharing with us.
MeAT (1174) 2005-10-31 19:14
Wonderful shot. The scenery, the composition, the colours. Amazing!
agerrard (338) 2005-10-31 19:25
What a special moment. I love everything about this photo - the composition, the fact that water is splashing off the dolphin, and the sense of pure joy portrayed in the pic. Really nice.
Traveller (672) 2005-11-03 1:42
This is really a wonderful photo and the circumstances are amazing. I had a situation with a shrimp once, it jumped at me in the sea! It happened in the Black Sea, in Ukraine.
pilpel-adom (3018) 2005-11-07 16:59
HE TOOK A DIGITAL CAMERA INTO THE WATER!?
I salute your relative! An amazing courage and even more amazing, the capture itself...the depth, the feeling that we are him, in the water, in this unique and ultra nature moment, of animal and human, meeting wildly in the wild water...OHH, this is an amazing moment!!!
Send my regards to your relative, he certainly deserves it!
photovolos (931) 2005-11-18 14:09
Είσαι καταπληκτικός Νίκο.Εξαιρετική φωτογραφία
Μου άρεσε ιδιαίτερα που οι 2 παρουσίες /παιδί-δελφίνι/είναι σιλουέτες χωρίς λεπτομέρια...Έτσι όλη η προσοχή είναι στη καταπληκτική συνάντηση.
Συγχαρητήρια γιατί ήσουν "ετοιμοπόλεμος",γιατί
καδράρησες σωστά και τελικά μας έδωσες αυτή την
jjbach (9324) 2005-12-06 8:26
Γειά σου Νίκο,
Μοναδική στιγμή και υπέροχη εκτέλεση!! Συγχαρητήρια!!!!
Χρόνια πολλά για την ονομαστική σου εορτή και ευτυχισμένα. Να χαίρεσαι τους δικούς ανθρώπους.
ΥΓ: Τι έγινε; καιρό έχουμε να δούμε φωτογραφίες σου. Να είσαι καλά.
Varela (144) 2006-01-19 12:17
Just beautiful. I have no words! Great catch.
VanMagenta (23) 2006-01-19 13:14
asival (5305) 2006-02-04 13:02
wow.. amazing photo
elBud (2237) 2006-02-07 16:13
like a dream!
Javid (1262) 2006-02-07 16:21
how can I note about this beauty.
just thanks for sending
nekman (45) 2006-02-07 17:16
Καταπληκτική και μοναδική στιγμή.Μια φωτογραφία που στέλνει μηνύματα.
Ευχαριστούμε που την μοιράστηκες μαζί μας.
coco (30439) 2006-02-10 9:24
Is a splendid picture. But let me say that when I've seen the photo I've thought that was dangerous be so near of the water (dangerous for the camara, I mean). Isn't it?
About the photo, is very special moment and a good capture (perhaps the postprocessing has been important in the final result, anyway, good).
kai (422) 2006-03-24 4:40
wow ! What a great shot
Thanks for sharing : )
Chips12 (288) 2006-03-24 5:36
Wonderful meeting in the middle of the sea
So lucky boy
tonikrou (463) 2006-03-25 16:34
niko this photo is wonderful i love her!!! u r very good photographer. great
veronika (6058) 2006-04-10 13:43
Nikos i absolutely LOVE this!!!!! what would i give for beeing on Spyros΄s place in that moment.. so beautiful.. it΄s great u could post this picture on TE, thnak you!
fertxu (323) 2006-04-12 5:54
Wonderful shot.Fantastic momment.Well done.
Thanks for sharing.
arnoud1976 (1191) 2006-05-31 6:51
Exceptional capture. Good job keeping the camera dry and great job taking it at right time. lovely memory, good dof and nice light. Maybe, but just maybe the image will be more powerful if you crop some the lower part, it makes the horizon less in the middle of the image.
GREAT job though, i am jealous :-)
sabin (0) 2006-07-02 13:22
Very lucky catching this moment.
I wonder how did the father shot this pic!!?? He was inside the water with a canon eos 300d? He is really sure of himself...
Excellent pic anyway. I love it.
yesago (18) 2006-07-02 14:09
i love it! very lucky spyros:)
stevep (556) 2006-07-11 6:30
God I love this image; there is so much energy and emotion/motion caught in it - but in a surrealistic manner.... its VERY dreamlike.
I feel as though I am there next to the dolphin and Spyros, having the experience of my life also!
It's wonderful, thanks for posting this. I am adding it to my favorites.
Mojgan (44) 2006-07-11 6:45
Nice picture! Especially because it was taken in the sea not in a water park. The free dolphin and the boy in the picture show how peaceful is this huge animal!
MLINES (12516) 2006-07-18 0:18
Hi Nikos, Wonderful photo of nature - If only more of the world was like this. Good to see this special photograph. Murray.
vonp (2235) 2006-11-09 7:35
Have a nice day
johnnyliuuu (0) 2006-11-30 1:42
The most incredible shot I have ever seen.
uccia84 (720) 2006-12-17 15:44
hai colto l'attimo tutta via θ un po' storta la foto ma cmq bella..
Sehnsucht (266) 2007-02-04 6:21
I congragulate Spyros' father for capturing such a marvelous moment. I send Spyros my best wishes. Thank you for sharing such a beautiful photograph.(Yes, the horizon is still a little tilted)
svo555 (1028) 2007-02-05 17:10
Just superb! Excellent light and moment!
danos (92602) 2007-03-02 6:12
Νίκο γειά σου,
you grossed a exceptional moment with the game of boy and dolphin.The dolphin appears to make a scherzo at the boy.Nice the reflections on the water.Well done.
Regards from Greece,Danos
Leilani (1385) 2007-04-15 16:11
This is amazing. I am so glad you got permission to post this! Thank you!
jplebrun (21208) 2007-04-15 17:06
Bonjour Nikos, a contre jour avec un dauphin qui bouge, chapeau.
jaywalker (16101) 2007-04-21 19:02
Hi Nikos, A trully beautiful photo, your POV is perfect & the light is excellent, the joy on the boys face is a magic moment & this is a timeless shot, STUNNING, kind regards Wilson.
Bruno40 (6658) 2007-04-23 0:41
Thank you for sharing this picture. It is a fantastic shot. One in a million.
melmcree (18) 2007-05-18 23:26
Just Amazing who cares who takes it. Amazing!
evarol (196) 2007-07-16 22:32
The person who took this photo must have been in awe when he captured such a beautiful moment. Very lucky shot but also very impressive composition.
Xen (572) 2007-09-19 14:04
WOWWWWW!!! What an amazing moment your friend was fortunate (and quick) enough to capture. This photo would be great for a film poster...... it is just breathtaking. Everything about it is perfect!! The colour is amazing and the young boy seems so happy.
vicana (74) 2008-05-11 19:16
Amazing shot! May be we can forget about the exposure, dof etc etc, just the very subject makes it a unique shot!!! Thanks for sharing.
zahoor_salmi (1053) 2008-09-07 11:20
Amazing shot ! A rare moment caught here with an excellent composition and colours
totoamoto (2519) 2009-02-07 23:36
Superbe moment.. Quelle chance.. de vivre ces moments lΰ/..
ewka (51) 2009-03-17 10:48
WOW!!! great shot!!!
tica (896) 2009-04-21 12:51
Oh, it's lovely.
Schmetterling von Gott.
spyros60 (150) 2009-09-28 13:36
Magical moment great photo!!
- Copyright: Nikos Bournas (nbournas) (3229)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2004-00-00
- Categories: Decisive Moment
- Camera: Canon EOS 300D
- Photo Version: Original Version
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