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I'm Out of Here!

I'm Out of Here!
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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: 2007-11-10
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 1Ds MkII, Canon 70-200 f 2.8 L USM
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-11-14 20:42
Viewed: 3320
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Just touching base in California. I took this shot a few days ago. This was a large pile of juveniles - they were very quiet - but suddenly one wanted out!

The Northern Elephant Seal lives in the Eastern Pacific Ocean, migrating as far north as Alaska and the shores of California and Baja California, where they come ashore to breed, give birth and molt, mostly on offshore islands. While the pelagic range covers an enormous span, there are only about seven principal breeding areas, four of which are on islands off the coast of California. There are two places on the California coast where colonies can be legally observed, Aņo Nuevo State Park and Piedras Blancas (near San Simeon), by the thousands. Recently increasing numbers have been observed in the Gulf of California

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Hi James,
Nice to see an seal colony with an excellent macro of yours. Great focus and sharpness. Nicely composed. good and informative notes. Thanks a lot for sharing. Best wishes

Oh my goodness! What a wonderful capture. That is quite a bevy of babies! I love the almost starburst effect with that little one popping out of the center. Just super!

Evelynn : )

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-11-14 22:32]

Hello James,
Very nice capture of this agglomeration of seals,
the details and composition are superb..


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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-11-15 0:52]

Hi James,
they all seem to be smiling! And who can blame them, looks pretty snug in amongst all those bodies. Nice varied tones of grey and sharp detail. What a lovely natural scene, thanks for sharing it.

Hi James,
Nice scene and interesting story. Sharp and well seen image. Great pov and composition.

Hiya James, what a wonderful shot, really like the natural colours and sharpness, but the composition is superb, a wheel of seal blubber protecting the juvenile, excellent capture!

Hi James.
Fantastic, well seen. Sleeping blubber not beauty is it? Great composition with them all circled around the little fella on his way out of there. Great sharpness, exposure and detail.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-11-15 2:06]

Ha Ha! Great title!
A superb shot of this fatty lump of sleeping seals.
+++ Excellent clarity, sharpness and detail.
I love the way they're all pointing to the escaping seal with thier noses.
Perfect lighting that is shadowless and soft.
--- Nothing at all :)
Well done James.

Hi James,
A beautiful capture of these group of elephant seals. Excellent composition with a very well managed DOF and fill frame effect. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hello James,
Big juveniles:-)
Good you can observe them and that their numbers are increasing.
Well done

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-11-15 4:09]

Hi James.
Very interesting subject and POV. I also like the excellent quality of the shot, perfect soft lighting and natural colours, crisp sharpness and exact DOF. Well done and TFS.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-11-15 4:39]

Hello James,
Thanks for sharing this great image, all technical aspects are spot on. Reminds me of a scrum, are you coming anywhere near my neck of the woods on this trip.

Hello James,
Oh! what a huge grounp of seal colony well captured here!
perfect sharpness, real colour and so much details with excellent exposure and focus!
very well done and thanks for the notes
have a good stay in US!
all the best

Hi James, A great pic :-). Nice to know you were NEAR to them, must have been a great feeling :-).

Warm regards,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-11-15 10:42]

Hello James,
Very nice photo of these seals. Most of all I like composition. Great sharpness and beautiful grey colours.

Hi James

What a great shot. I love the combination of colours and details.
great capture.


Hi James,
Good to hear from you on your adventure in the US.
This is a really fun shot.
Great POV of these Seals akin to sardines in a can.
Blissful seal rest.:-)
FUN FUN FUN makes me smile

Hi James,
I like the frame filling composition a lot. Its something I like to do myself as well, but I never came across the opportunity to fill the frame with seals.
The way they all seem to stick there head together gives the photo a very unique effect. The one guy trying to leave the center adds a bit of a funny touch.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-11-17 12:43]

Hi James

What a sight. I love the tight framing. Good focusing, GREAT subject and spot on exposure



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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-11-19 0:44]

Wow, this is a most unusual shot James! Your portfolio is wonderful. Smashing shot with the central Seal having enough of it. Apart from good light, good exposure, great detail and sharpness, this shot is very creative, could be termed as abstract with those wonerful curves and lines with tones winding through the shot. I love it.
:) later

Oh yes James we did have many of them near the input for fishing vessels in Mendocino county. As the deep sea trawlers came, they frequently dropped old bait as they neared shore. This created a swarming of seals following the boats in and hen lounging at the harbour. Your sense of humor here with tile is right one. I can relate to that myself with my wife and I having 7 children..at one time all gone now...A very humorous image.

Hello James, awsome composition, detail, light exposure and a perfect title! sorry not been keeping up with a lot of shots here, You got some amazing stuff since I last looked, Details from the the 1DsII must be awsome to look at full size, thanks a lot for sharing your great works from around the globe my best rgds Necip.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-11-25 19:01]

Hello James

There you have a wonderful moment captured.This is how I feel Christmas shopping.
The pattern made by the seals is interesting.
Very good focus and well composed.


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