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Dog-like seal

Dog-like seal
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Copyright: Annick Vanderschelden (vanderschelden) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2553 W: 74 N: 7464] (30441)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-12-14
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon 400mm 2.8 IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Namibia, a photographer's dream
Theme(s): Open Up....II, Brown Fur Seal colony at Cape Cross [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-01-15 11:27
Viewed: 5206
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
First of all thank you for the critiques and comments yesterday.
Once again special thanks to Steve. He posted in his gallery the New Zealand version of the Brown Fur Seal which is a subspecies of the Cape Fur Seal (A. pusillus): the Australian Fur Seal (A. pusillus doriferus). A overview 'down under'.
Doing so, he provided the ability to compare both species in a photographic way. Well, I really can’t see any major differences. An attempt was done in his received critiques…
Brief overview species.. post #3
5.Cape Fur Seal, A. pusillus
with two subspecies...
South African Fur Seal, A. pusillus pusillus
Australian Fur Seal, A. pusillus doriferus

Today’s photographer's note in ‘the South African Fur Seal at Cape Cross’ series is strongly related to what's visible in the photo. Keywords are teeth and dog-like appearance..

In the photographer’s note attached to my first Brown Fur Seal upload here, we’ve been talking about the Pinnipeds. These Pinnipeds are sometimes considered a superfamily within the Caniformia, or Canoidea . Caniformia literally meaning "dog-like".

Then the #2 upload's written material was about the Otariids…

From Wikipedia…
The Otariids are further distinguished by a more dog-like head, sharp, well-developed canines and the aforementioned visible external pinnae. Their postcanine teeth are generally simple and conical in shape.

The source and dental formula , you can find here within the Anatomy and Appearance section.

Finally something about the evolution of the pinnipeds…

From Wikipedia
Recent molecular evidence suggests that pinnipeds evolved from a bearlike ancestor about 23 million years ago during the late Oligocene or early Miocene epochs, a transitional period between the warmer Paleogene and cooler Neogene period. The earliest fossil pinniped that has been found is Enaliarctos, which lived 24 – 22 million years ago. It is believed to have been a good swimmer, but to have been able to move on land as well as in water, more like an otter than like modern pinnipeds.

Thanks...have a nice day

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2009-01-15 11:38]

Hallo Annick,

Whata fine photo you have made! I am alois impressed by the excelent hsrapness of your photos. Moreover you are showing such astonishing, naturaly looking colors. The moment you have chosen to take the image was very good showing so well this impressive animal.

Thank you for sharing,

hallo Annick
weer een prachtige opname
goed scherp en op het juiste moment weer geschoten
een lust moet het zijn om daar tussen te lopen
groetjes lou

Hallo Annick,
Excellent and dramatic capture of this Cape Fur Seal. Very good composed, perfect sharpness and very fine details.
Well done! Thank you for sharing,

Better stay away with the 400mm !
Quality as usual and dramatic/impressive posture
Yours friendly

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-01-15 13:31]

Hallo Annick,
Voor mij de mooiste in de serie tot nu toe. Heb niet veel tijd. Zeg alleen: schitterend!

Merhaba Annick,
I'm very much impressed with this fine portrait of a power emanating specimen. Its fur and whisker details are very good, those teeth frightening. Wouldn't like to be near one, I'm sure.

Hi Annick,
Did you try how sharp their tusks were???
An excellent close up of the seal face, so expressive.
A lot of fine details all over, and technically impeccable.
Great portrait and thanks for share it.
My best regards,

Another excellent capture Annick.
Definitely a 'canine' appearance here ... and of course, they can bark like dogs too sometimes.
I often wonder why they 'yawn' like this so often. Is it perhaps intimidatory behaviour ?
I have a few more close up shots of ours too,so I'll post some more of those soon.

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2009-01-15 20:38]

Hello Annick,
Interesting notes and more than that... what a mouth..and set of canines ;)
Superb timing in capturing this excellent shot.The sharpness and details are quite Annick-like in quality.I like the overal tones of brown of the seal that blends in with the BG but yet keep the subject well in isolation and focus.
TFS & Cheers

Hi Annick,
An excellent portrait from the master himself full of details and behavior. Those canines must be a 2 inches in length :-)
Goutham R

Is this Seal yelling or yawning, Annick? :)
Very impressive action capture with super details even inside the mouth.
Your Africa trip has apparently been very fruitful.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2009-01-15 22:46]

Hello Annick

A great shot of this male fur seal. Great timing and good isolation.


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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2009-01-15 23:37]

Hi Annick,
Yes, they look and act similar - sharp teeth, whiskers, open mouths and little ears!!
Good shot of this fellow - he does look quite ferocious and I wouldn't want to get too close to him

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2009-01-16 1:16]

Hi Annick

I see this seal saga is growing more and more :) Perhaps James Parker should join as well - having traveled so much and surely having many seal photos himself as well :)

This is another terrific portrait from you, my friend and one captured in the nick of time!
The pose of this brown fur seal is terrific here and indeed one can very well see those teeth...and i think it needs a dentist ;)
Really beautiful and dramatic shot, presented here with very high sharpness and gorgeous but natural colors.

Bravo and TFS

Hello Annick,
Very good close up with sharp details of this expressive face
PS: you should have included the smell of Cape Cross in your picture!!!

  • smurali Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 205 W: 14 N: 609] (3596)
  • [2009-01-16 9:09]

Annick, I am speechless. This is such a wonderful picture. Bit of a glint in the eye would have helped. But the baring of the teeth is so powerful. Love this picture.

- Murali

Hello Annick

Great POV.
The focus is sharp with wonderful detail.
Excellent exposure and well saturated colours.
The DOF is well done,the OOF BG makes a terrific back drop.


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  • GaryT Gold Star Critiquer [C: 102 W: 7 N: 236] (160)
  • [2009-01-17 16:16]

I really like this one. Exactly how I feel some mornings. Gary

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2009-01-18 13:12]

Hello Annick,
This fellow needs a toothbrush. Outstanding work my friend, with great details in the dark fur and in that gaping mouth.
I like his tiny ear very much, Thanks Annick.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2009-01-18 14:01]

Hi Annick,
a superb shot!
The pose is great.
Very sharp and crisp.
Superb detail.

Well done,

Great detail and attitude, which are both helped by the really tight framing. You can almost hear his cry!

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2009-01-23 3:04]

Ha Annick,

Wederom een mooi portret,mooi afgezonderd,daar ik weet dat deze veelal in kolonies bij elkaar liggen,groetjes,


Hello Annick.

Excellent image portrait. nice composition and colors.

Jose Luis.

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