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Copyright: Peter Bagnall (Heyshamite) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 144 W: 0 N: 396] (2193)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-12
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 1Ds MkII, Canon 100-400L IS f4-5.6
Exposure: f/8, 1/128 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-06-18 4:10
Viewed: 3951
Favorites: 3 [view]
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Taken from a small ferry boat in a sea swell at the Farne Islands I managed to capture this seal photo as the boats movement momentarily stopped on the top of a wave. I was also lucky as the heads of two passengers parted at the opportune moment allowing me to point the camera through the gap.
Camera settings:- ISO 100, AV, Spot metering, 365mm focal length, Lens IS on, 1.4 x converter, Auto white balance, Shutter closed to f8 for more DOF, Hand held.

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A beautifully composed image Peter,

The seal is set out very elegantly on it's bed of sea-weed.
Finely detailed and nicely saturated.


Hi Peter,
Fantastic image of this wonderful looking Seal. You were ever so lucky to capture this moment by the sounds of it. The detail in the Seal can be seen very well, it has lovely colourful markings. I have never seen an image of this type of before. Excellent.

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  • erve Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 96 W: 3 N: 131] (620)
  • [2007-06-18 6:48]

Really nice contrast between the seaweed and the fur of the seal, with its leapard like markings.


Hi Peter

What a beautiful picture of this seal. the detail and sharpness is excellent and you have the DOF spot on.


nice pic, TFS Ori

Hi Peter,
Superb portrait. I like these almost black-and-white colours.
Excellent DOF, etc.

Hi Peter.
Wow! Awesome! The sharpness, clarity, his expression, colour and crop are all fantastic. Very beautifully done.
Best regards, Steve.

Wow! So beautiful mammal.
Excellent details, Gread colors.
I very like it!
Superb shot.

Thanks for sharing.
Kind regards,

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  • mjcarr (15)
  • [2007-06-18 15:12]

again well done peter ..really sharp tfs mike

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-06-18 16:38]

HI Jam4es,
great muted colours, almost monotone. Love the pose and detail of the seaweed, nice timing too by the sounds of it!

  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-07-12 7:22]

HI Peter, a beautiful rendition of this handsome Seal. Very well composed with great pov. Seal and its markings contrast well against the dark seaweed. Good light on the eye. The Seal posed beautifully for you. Amazing at 100 iso on a boat!

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