Seals & Sea lions

Tony BrittonTony Britton Major grinsPosts: 314Registered Users Major grins
edited December 29, 2016 in Wildlife
Here's some of my favorite photos of seals & sea lions.

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  • StumblebumStumblebum I shoot, therefore I am Posts: 6,656Registered Users Major grins
    edited May 28, 2016
    Love these!
  • Tony BrittonTony Britton Major grins Posts: 314Registered Users Major grins
    edited May 28, 2016
    Stumblebum wrote: »
    Love these!
    Thanks for looking & commenting. Much appreciated!

    Tony
    https://tonybritton.smugmug.com/
  • Tony BrittonTony Britton Major grins Posts: 314Registered Users Major grins
    edited December 29, 2016
    Another set!

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  • CavalierCavalier Life is a Bokeh Foresthill, CaliforniaPosts: 1,549Registered Users Major grins
    edited May 28, 2016
    All great - but that last one is priceless!! Was it giving you the raspberry or throwing you a kiss?
  • Tony BrittonTony Britton Major grins Posts: 314Registered Users Major grins
    edited May 29, 2016
    Cavalier wrote: »
    All great - but that last one is priceless!! Was it giving you the raspberry or throwing you a kiss?
    Well, a little of both, actually. What started amicably enough with a volley of mutually thrown kisses quickly veered southward as a flurry of unprovoked raspberries were suddenly hurled at me.

    Now, I might have expected this behavior from a California Sea Lion, but a Harbor Seal? Really?! I guess the sobering lesson here is can you ever really know a Harbor Seal?

    By the way, you have a stunning website!

    Tony
  • Tony BrittonTony Britton Major grins Posts: 314Registered Users Major grins
    edited December 29, 2016
    A few more.


  • CavalierCavalier Life is a Bokeh Foresthill, CaliforniaPosts: 1,549Registered Users Major grins
    edited May 29, 2016
    Thanks for the explanation of the turn of affection from the Harbor Seal. This wasn't a Morro Bay Harbor Seal was it? It would explain the raspberry if it was!

    and thanks for the kind words about my site!

    Love the last set of shots as well.
  • RichardRichard Mildly bemused Madrid, SpainPosts: 17,697Administrators, Vanilla Admin moderator
    edited May 30, 2016
    Wonderful set--expressive and technically spot on. clap.gif clap.gif

    I'm a little curious about the lighting. Did you apply vignettes in post? Flash? headscratch.gif
  • Tony BrittonTony Britton Major grins Posts: 314Registered Users Major grins
    edited May 30, 2016
    Richard wrote: »
    Wonderful set--expressive and technically spot on. clap.gif clap.gif

    I'm a little curious about the lighting. Did you apply vignettes in post? Flash? headscratch.gif
    Hi Richard,

    Thanks. No vignette was applied in post and there was no use of the flash. The "look" I desire in my photos is primarily the result of liberal doses of negative exposure compensation and side-lighting of the subject. As long as there's plenty of sunlight striking the subject from an extreme angle I can "darken" the image with negative exposure compensation adjustments and anything else I can do to further decrease the light surrounding the subject. Using fast shutter speeds or high aperture values, for example.

    Here's a good example of what I mean: I wanted this image of the sea lion to appear dreamlike as it made its way into the light toward the upper left portion of the frame. You can see that the angle of the sunlight provided just enough light on the subject's chin and neck, which allowed me to make the necessary adjustments to the camera settings and create the "mood" I desired. For more examples of this please see my "Strictly For The Birds" thread in this Wildlife section.

    Best regards,

    Tony
    https://tonybritton.smugmug.com/

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  • Tony BrittonTony Britton Major grins Posts: 314Registered Users Major grins
    edited December 29, 2016
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  • EiaEia Major grins Posts: 3,554Registered Users Major grins
    edited May 31, 2016
    How cute are they? Especially the second one. He is laying there like the cool guy he is! clap.gifclapclap.gifclap
  • Tony BrittonTony Britton Major grins Posts: 314Registered Users Major grins

    I hope you enjoy this one!

  • denisegoldbergdenisegoldberg Major grins North Andover, MAPosts: 10,729Super Moderators moderator

    I love this one Tony, very peaceful and a perfect portrait.

  • StumblebumStumblebum I shoot, therefore I am Posts: 6,656Registered Users Major grins

    Awesome as usual Tony!

  • Tony BrittonTony Britton Major grins Posts: 314Registered Users Major grins

    @denisegoldberg said:

    I love this one Tony, very peaceful and a perfect portrait.

    Thanks so very much!

    Tony

  • Tony BrittonTony Britton Major grins Posts: 314Registered Users Major grins

    @Stumblebum said:
    Awesome as usual Tony!

    Thanks for looking and commenting!

    Tony

  • Tony BrittonTony Britton Major grins Posts: 314Registered Users Major grins

    A few more of my favorite black and white conversions. I so enjoy working with side-lighting.

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  • StumblebumStumblebum I shoot, therefore I am Posts: 6,656Registered Users Major grins

    Continuing excellence!

  • Tony BrittonTony Britton Major grins Posts: 314Registered Users Major grins

    @Stumblebum said:
    Continuing excellence!

    I greatly admire your photographs so your comment is especially meaningful to me. Thanks.

  • JAGJAG Photomaniac Wasilla, AKPosts: 4,596Super Moderators moderator

    Awesome images. I really like your 'dream like' effects.

  • EiaEia Major grins Posts: 3,554Registered Users Major grins

    Awesome!!!! Too much cuteness! I really enjoy the b/w conversions. Such expression! These are priceless!

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