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Copyright: Rene Lortie (rlortie) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 295 W: 59 N: 593] (2058)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-08-17
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 10D, Canon EF100-400 IS L
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/750 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Mammals of Canada [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-12-22 22:45
Viewed: 6423
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Taken from a boat along the coast of Forillon National Park in Quebec, Canada.

Grey seals
Halichoerus grypus
Phoques gris (french)

Males reach lengths of 245cm (8') and weigh 450kg (990lb), females 215cm (7') and 270kg (600lb). The head is long and the seal is often called the"horsehead" seal. The nostrils form a W. The males are dark with light spots and the females are light with dark spots. Grey seals also have a varied diet including fish, crustaceans and squid. Pups are born from mid-December to February on rocky ledges in this area. The pups are white at first then moult into the respective coat colours, the moult beginning after weaning at 16 days. Grey seals are also considered a pest in herring weirs and Atlantic Salmon aquaculture sites. The latter employ sound makers and double nets to keep the seals away. Grey seals are the primary host for the codworm (now called sealworm). One stage is found in the muscle of various fish species, fish processors often "candle" infected fillets (place them over a light table) and remove the worms by hand. Grey seals are sometimes seen in the water, their prominently shaped heads distinguishing them from harbour seals. When they "haul out" it is usually on rocky ledges and offshore islands with harbour seals rather than populated islands because they are wary of humans.

Tech notes:
Sharpened and cropped in PS CS.

Exposure mode: Av
Flash: Off
Metering mode: Evaluative
Drive mode: Continuous: frame 1
ISO: 200
Lens: 100 to 400mm
Focal length: 400mm
Subject distance: 55 m
AF mode: One-shot AF
Focus point: [- < - - -]

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Composition: ****
Sharpness: ****
Color: ****
DOF: ***
POV: ****
Note: ***

Very good, good sharpness.
Well done.

Edxcellent sharpness. Good composition. Interesting informative notes. Good job

  • Great 
  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-12-23 16:57]

If he goes into a deeper sleep he is going to roll off that rock :)

The sharpness and composition is excellent. Great POV as well.

Very well done and thanks for posting.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-06-12 19:29]

René, I agree with Japie: we have the feeling the animal is going to roll off the rock.

Excellent sharpness and pov. A cute and great shot.

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