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Lounging Seal

Lounging Seal
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Copyright: James Parker (Jamesp) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-30
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 1Ds MkII, Canon EF 300mm f2.8 USM IS
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/640 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-10-30 10:21
Viewed: 4286
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I prepared two versions of this shot from RAW before deciding on this one - the water is quite a bit lighter here and may not be to everyone's taste. I could have used layers and merged - but I have never managed to work that bit of Photoshop - I did say I am pretty useless!!

Anyway, this was hand held with my 300mm 2.8 lense plus 1.4 converter. The boatman had seen these seals on his way to collect us and made a special detour for me to take this shot.

The weather conditions were overcast - so a good British summer's day!!

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-10-30 10:25]

Hi James . The Seal looks so happy in the water. as this was taken hand held with the converter you have done so well with the detail. and natural colours. he posed well for you. well done TFS.

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  • pirate Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
  • [2007-10-30 10:31]

Hi James
lovely capture wit great pose, great result for an handheld 420 mm tele
tfs tom

  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-10-30 10:45]

Hi James, it is wonderful to see this classic shot of a Seal lounging afloat and clearly having a good time. I don't think it matters about the lighting, the main focus is on the Seal and it is both charming and delightful, one can see that he/she is having a great and relaxed time. I like it.
:) tomorrow

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-10-30 11:20]

This is a superb shot of this relaxing seal.
The pose is excellent :)
+++ Sharp with great clarity. The detail is also brilliant. Very good DOF and focusing. A good low-down POV.
Well composed aswell.
You've exposed it very well.
--- Nothing :)
Well done James,

Hi James,
Very interesting capture of this l. seal!
I like the low POV and the reflections on the water, it creates a very special mood for the scene with all that algae floating on the surface.
Well done and thanks for share it with us.
My best regards,

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-10-30 14:06]

Hi James

I think you chose well. The seal here is the subject and it should be exposed well, not the water around it. As for the merging photos...i find it too much of a trouble...one photograph should be enough to show the beauty of a scene, right?
How nice of the boatman to take you on that special detour :) And it was definitely worth it!
You got an exceptional close-up, with impeccable sharpness, despite the very long focal length.
The pose you managed to capture here is excellent, too!
Great job!

Bravo and TFS

I am amazed at the quality of shots you get with that heavy lens and converter. We have the same combination and always use it on a tripod. I suppose my husband could manage it but I sure couldn't. I do love the expression you captured on this fellow. .. the picture of contentment.

Evelynn : )

Hello James,
Wonderful captured of this joyful Seal and you see how he enjoyed so much with the closing eyes!
I think the water light does not matter much because the main subject is on the Seal itself also in good clarity!
to me it's a good photo well seen
thanks for sharing

Hi James.
This is delightful, he looks so content.
Wonderful image with great sharpness and detail.
That was neat of the boatman to think of you and go that way for you to do photos.
Great shot,


And they do tend to lounge do they not James. Born to eat and lunge both in sun and water. How multi talented in it's relaxation techniques. Nice spot on picture with a bit longer lens. Very aptly put in notes.

What a great pose! I have a dog who gets into crazy position that are obviously comfortable.
It's a wonderful look into the behavior of these animals...and it's cute! ;)

Hello James,
Very nice seal, very well composed
great POV, he reminds me of a otter in that
position.. Well done


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  • Bufo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
  • [2007-11-01 3:08]

Hello James,
another fine capture, this time of a splendid waterbathing seal. Just great to see the expression on the face of the seal. I wonder whether another crop might work out in a better way. The space without reflection of the seal in front doesn't add to the picture. Instead, I might have left some more space avove and left of the seal. Anyway, some good work on the rocky shores of skye (I saw many seals just out on the shore of the Southern part of th eBlack Cuillins).

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-11-01 8:41]

Hello James

A very relaxed scene of this seal enjoying life.
The shot is well composed with a very good POV and DOF.
The focus is very good showing good detail of a seal in it's natural element.
Well done.


Cute face and nice pose.
Very unique pic, because of resting in water and because of the algua.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-11-24 4:11]

Hello James,
This capture is splendid, I like how the seal looks so peaceful and natural. I personally like the silvery water in this capture. Thanks for sharing James.

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