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Copyright: Niek Bouwen (SunToucher) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2385 W: 237 N: 3033] (11162)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-07-20
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Sigma 18-200 Zoom F3.5-6.3 DC
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/60 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Summer vacation 2009: USA
Theme(s): Mammals of the USA, Your favorites [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-11-17 1:26
Viewed: 3934
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is the last in the series of my encounter with the Californian Sea Lion. Although the sea lion was very tired, he still had some strength in him to give me this classic pose. Soon after this photo we left and allowed him to get some rest.

The next day we spoke to our neighbors and told them about the encounter. They mentioned that in the many years they have lived here they've never saw a seal lion on the beach. They expect that this young sea lion was chased by a great white shark and eventually landed on the beach to rest. A larger male colony is found just south of here on some well-isolated rocks.

So I guess I got real lucky.

Niek Bouwen Photography

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-11-17 1:31]

Hi Niek,
Wederom een prachtige compositie. Eenvoudig, elegant en mooi, gefeliciteerd.
Ik heb gelezen en de invoering van de persoonlijke site. U volkomen gelijk. En ik ben ook een persoon. Ik kudde om te reizen en te zien als vele mooie landschappen en plaatsen. Vanuit dit oogpunt hebben we iets gemeen. En zijn erg blij om te zien dat er anderen zijn die ook oamnei hobby.

hello Niek
both of three photos are good, here managed well the light and the details are very good, the wave as background particular, the attribution of bright colours splendid,great photo!
keep photographing! TFS

Hello Niek! Amazin pet! Is it Yours? Sorry, it is only joke. Wonderful topic, good scene, excellent background, perfect exposure, original work. Well done!

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-11-17 2:05]

Hi Niek,
It's very nice capture.I liked lighting,pose of Sea Lion and composition a lot.Excellent work!
Thanks for posting..

Such a beautiful portrait of a majestic animal Niek, not frequently seen in TN. TFS this rare view my friend.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-11-17 3:38]

Hello Niek,
A very fine close capture of this Sea Lion with the waves rolling in behind. Great sharpness, lovely light and colours. A beautiful composition too.
Many thanks and cheers, Ulla

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-11-17 4:10]

Hello Niek,
A fine portrait of this Californian Seal!
The low POV against the incoming roller BG is great and taken with excellent sharpness and lighting, infact the lighting puts this shot at a higher level than most.
Thanks and kind regards,

Dear Niek!

Your picture attemps its real dimension and value through the fascinating narrative notes. The fact that you met this beautiful animal at a place where nobody saw one before is touching. Moreover, the pose of the sea lion and the light reflections on his skin are superb.

Kind regards


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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2009-11-17 5:47]

Superb shot, Niek, it's fantastic that you could photograph such a strong and beautiful animal of the ocean. The picture, as usual, is technically skilled, beautifully composed. Thank you!


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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2009-11-17 6:30]

Hi Niek,
He seems to be posing for you.I like the lighting, background, pose, clarity, composition and POV a lot. TFS
All the best,

Superb capture. Sometimes the photographer is blessed by nature as was the case here.

Great POV and I like the backdrop with that rising surf Niek.
Born and raised in California ya know..Lived near the ocean too.
Really miss it sometimes.
Nicely done!

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2009-11-19 3:39]

Hi Niek

Very nice series of this gorgeous sea lion! Indeed you appeared to be very lucky but you also knew right on the spot how to work with this luck and got some really terrific shots! I've seen them on your website and i said to myself then that "boy, this had to have been a cool encounter!" :)
Superb pose captured here and excellent exposure control. The foamy waves create a lovely BG for this scene and make the sea lion stand out even better.

Bravo and TFS

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2009-11-20 3:02]

It was lucky such a skilled photographer was there to catch this rare sighting ;o)
The light and texture of his wet skin really helps make this a lovely image, as well as the light from the time of day you took this. The breaking wave in the background shows you were thinking about everything that was going on in the frame in order to make as much as possible out of the scene before you, great timing.
Have a very good weekend my friend.

Hi Niek,
I forgot to slip my praise in. The portrait is the demonstration of a consummate photographer, knowing all about the symmetries/ asymmetries, dark/ light, the colors/ absence of colors. The dark wave as a background! Simply great, Niek.
My best regards

Hello Niek,

A well composed presentation with good details!
The animal gives a good pose too, not that he has many choices hehehe...
And the Pacific washing the Oregon shores makes a fine blurry background..!

Pablo -

Hello Niek !
Wow, what an awesomepicture ! I realy love the pose of the Sea Lio, he looks so proud, so majestic ! The water rolling into a wave, in the BG, is a wonderful bonus, and the soft light is just gorgeous ! Splendid atmosphere, and great moment captured with skill and talent. Very well done !

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  • mlines Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 556 W: 26 N: 668] (3116)
  • [2010-04-24 17:13]

Hi Niek, The white of the wave makes an ideal backdrop for this dark-skinned seal. The crop is effective. TFS. Murray.

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