How I Got the Shot: The surfing dolphin

This week’s “How I got the shot” takes us to Rincon, California, where photographer D.J. Struntz captures a bottlenose dolphin dropping in during a surf session with professional surfer Bobby Martinez.

Photo of the surfing dolphin courtesy of D.J. Struntz

Photo of the surfing dolphin courtesy of D.J. Struntz

Photographer: D.J. Struntz
Age: 38
Hometown: Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina
Bio: D.J.’s award-winning photography takes him on adventures around the globe as a staff photographer for Surfing magazine, Globe International, Hawaii Skindiver, and has led to appearances on NBC, CNN, CBS, ABC, and FOX. He has produced shoots in more than 20 countries, often with minimal resources and critically demanding timelines.
Who: Surfing dolphin
Where: Rincon, California
Why: I was on assignment shooting Bobby Martinez when I noticed this large bottlenose dolphin surfing a large approaching swell. Then it was just a matter of trying to predict when and where he/she was going to breach again. I guess I got a bit lucky when a surfer paddled into the wave and got “burned” by the dolphin…
What the image was shot with: Canon EOS 1D MK IV and a Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 at ISO 200 1/1600 sec f 6.3
Magazine affiliation: Surfing magazine
Sponsors: Globe
Instagram: djstruntz
Photographer’s website:

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