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Brown Fur Seals

Brown Fur Seals
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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: 2008-12-09
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon 400mm 2.8 IS
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/800 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Namibia, a photographer's dream
Theme(s): Intimate Portraits, Open Up....II, Brown Fur Seal colony at Cape Cross [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-01-13 9:33
Viewed: 7884
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hi Folks,;-)

Yesterday I introduced Sandy, the Brown Fur Seal pup from the Seal Colony at Cape Cross, Namibia.
Today's photograph shows two Brown Fur Seals in some kind of bite situation. You know. Guess the big one could even be Sandy’s dad.
I was busy photographing and searching for an isolated seal and stuff among all these seals at the colony and while I was looking through the camera, I heard a visitor's voice in the background:

“Hey…look at that big one, it’s already the third one he’s *******.”

The probably reserved word ‘bang' was in the sentence. As my knowledge of the English language is some kind of limited and the voice sounded excited, I decided to change my camera position to take a shot…
So this photo is one of shots I took of 'the big one'.

Anyway we’ll talk about their behavior and reproduction in one of the next uploads. Promised.

Something else
Steve (Lordpotty) mentioned in a critique that he actually knew the seal specie.

“We have Fur Seals at several colonies near here.”(New Zealand)

In upload #1 we talked about the Pinniped, in #2 about the Eared seals.
We’ll go a bit further and we see that in the family Otariidae in the genus Arctocephalus there are 8 species . And I guess this specie is actually a Cape Fur Seal (A. pusillus) subspecies, the South African Fur Seal (A. pusillus pusillus) and the specie Steve was mentioning is his critique is probably the New Zealand Fur Seal or Southern Fur Seal(A. forsteri).

From wikipedia…

Family Otariidae
Genus Arctocephalus
1.Antarctic Fur Seal, A. gazella
2.Guadalupe Fur Seal, A. townsendi
3.Juan Fernandez Fur Seal, A. philippii
4.Galapagos Fur Seal, A. galapagoensis
5.Cape Fur Seal, A. pusillus
South African Fur Seal, A. pusillus pusillus
Australian Fur Seal, A. pusillus doriferus
6.New Zealand Fur Seal or Southern Fur Seal, A. forsteri
7.Subantarctic Fur Seal, A. tropicalis
8.South American Fur Seal, A. australis

Special thanks to Steve. Thanks a lot for looking and reading. Have a nice day…

Morigann, Argus, PeterZ, zulfu, nglen, matatur, Noisette, marhowie, rcrick, crs, Alex99 has marked this note useful
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To matatur: tripod or monopodNephrotome2 2 01-14 06:03
To zulfu: Thanks Mehmet,vanderschelden 1 01-13 11:29
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Hello Annick,
Great capture well composed. This is another beautiful mammals of Namibia with a cute expression.
Very well done. Regards

hello Annick
weer een goed schot
mooi scherp en goede details
groetjes lou

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-01-13 9:56]

Hello Annick,
A superb capture of a parent Brown seal and its pup. The POV, pose and facial expression of the parent are taken with excellent technical qualities and the BG is suitably OOF.
Nice one and TFS!

Hi annick
I'm surprised to see these cute little things have big teeth!
Another good one
Keep on enchanting us

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2009-01-13 10:30]

Hi Annick

Great pose and shot - I can just imagine the verbal comment! The NZ species is quite a bit smaller and darker than the SA Species.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5136 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-01-13 10:32]
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Hallo Annick,
Weer een echte Vanderschelden. Scherp in schitterende natuurlijke kleuren en een prachtige compositie. Het lijkt alsof hij jou om hulp roept.
Mijn foto's van deze kolonie waren allemaal nog dia's (2002). Ik heb nog even gekeken vanavond, maar wat een verschil in kwaliteit.. Toen zag ik dat nog niet zo. Gelukkig zie ik nu jouw foto's. Laat maar komen!

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2009-01-13 10:39]
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Lovely shot Annick. i liked this so much. TFS.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-01-13 10:48]

Hi Annick. Once again a fantastic close up of the seals. I love the large dark eyes. whch you have taken with good detail as with the coat. all with natural colours. well done TFS.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2009-01-13 12:12]

merhaba Annick
good capture of these cute seals
i like composition, POV, sharpness and details

A fine double portrait in the midst of nature Annick, hope that bite was a playful one. The details are so outstanding that I think you had a tripod, or at least a monopod attached to your camera!

Hi Annick,
Uncommon shot. Very detailed. The soft light is great. Brilliant action. Rare and majectic animals.

Hello Annick
a fine portrait shot of this two brown fur seals, I like " the big one " with his mouth wide open, this way we can see his sharp teeth
colors,sharpness, pose and 3D effext are excellent

Hi Annick,

Super shot of this Brown Fur Seal and pup! Excellent detail it really leaps out of the screen and the f/4.5 has separated it from the background beautifully, really nice work mate,

all the best, Rick :)

Wow Annick!
This one is even better than the last.
You've captured these two brilliantly.
Excellent exposure again with fine detail and true colour.
I think you are right about the species too.
I believe ours is Arctocephalus fosteri as you said.
Cheers & TFS

Hi Annick,
Another intimate portrait added to my theme. Thank you. This is a great shot, technically as well a artistically :) the lighting has complimented the experssion of the animals and your DOF isolated the cluttered BG. TFS

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2009-01-14 0:02]

Hi Annick,
Wonderful shot of these Brown Fur Seals and you have captured a marvellous expressions. Very neat and sharp image with superb lighting. Very nice composition.

* Your Namibia gallery is fantastic.

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2009-01-14 22:03]

Hallo Annick,

What a fine portret of the seal you have made! The image is very good being extremly sharp and having very fine and naturaly looking colors. The pose of the animals is very fine as you have well chosen the moment to take the photo.

Thank you for sharing,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-01-15 10:59]

Hi Annick.
Amazing post. Great note and so wonderful shot of these beautiful animals. You have pictured a very touching scene and quality of the shot is outstanding as usual. Superb combination of razor sharp image of the animals (details are stunning) and fine smooth BG. Colour palette of the picture is fine, harmonic and very pleasant for look. My best regards and TFS.

  • smurali Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 205 W: 14 N: 609] (3596)
  • [2009-01-16 9:21]

Wow ! Is this is the same Seal that looked so ferocious a few frames ahead?

- Murali

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