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Sunshine Makes Me Happy

Sunshine Makes Me Happy
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Copyright: Rick Price (Adanac) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-09-07
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 40D, Canon 100-400/4.5-5.6L IS
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/800 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-09-21 8:32
Viewed: 3150
Points: 30
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Hi All,
Today is a rainy, lazy day at Yellowstone so I send to you this image of a Harbor Seal sunning on some rocks at Monterey Bay California, taken on our recent trip down the coast. We saw many Sea Otters, Stellar Sea Lions and Harbor Seals in this area of California, Thanks to Scott for the great information on where to go.Go here for some good information on the Harbor Seal http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harbor_seal

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-09-21 8:40]

Hi Rick. Good to see you . A nice colourful picture of the seal lazing in the sun. It has its eyes on you . Good detail and colours. Thats looks like a star fish oming out ofthe water on the rocks. wel ldone TFS.

Very relaxing shot, I enjoy it being unable myself to move a lot actually. Thanks, CarOze

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-09-21 10:01]

Hello Rick,
What a lovely capture of this beautiful Seal sunning itself on the rock. Beautiful light and colours and fine sharp details. I like your composition and can just see a little Sea Star as well!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-09-21 10:02]

Hello Rick,
A great capture of a Harbor Seal taken in a fine sunning-itself pose from a great POV. The composition on the rock against the sea is great and the two arms of the starfish showing above the water line a little bonus.
TFS this beauty,

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-09-21 10:03]

Hi Rick,

I remember seeing a scene just like this in Monterey years ago. Aren't those seals wonderful? You seem to have your way with them - it is looking at you and posing for the camera. I love the position on the rocks. Wonderful colors and details and an awesome setting.


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  • mariki Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 838 W: 60 N: 2307] (9477)
  • [2008-09-21 11:13]

Hello Rick,

Very beautiful picture of this seal sunbathing on the rock. Good composition, good sharpness. Excellent light and colours, I like the touch of orange brought by the sea star.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-09-21 13:57]

Hi Rick,
great shot of this lazy Harbour Seal.
I love the way they just flop onto the rocks :-)
Great sharpness and clarity.
Superb DOF.
Brilliant eye-contact too.
That Starfish is a bonus!

Well done,


You have a bountiful archive now rick..I feel privileged to have seen some of your shots...and I am gonna have t say that your landscape work when it comes from the air is out of this world...I'll look forward to your amazing surprises...as this one..we have not had a shot from this place since...well a long long time..there was a fella who "hung out" at the aquarium there..and posted shots of it so much I thought perhaps he should get a job there..but the whole area is dramatic...You will not have to worry much about getting images this winter:-)

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-09-21 23:00]

Hi Rick,
Wonderful shot of this Seal basking in the sun and you caught its attention rightly. I can see a Starfish too, half submerged in water. Very impressive sharpness and details and you have handled the harsh natural lighting perfectly. Excellent DOF, POV and composition. Thanks for sharing this fine image.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-09-21 23:41]

Hi Rick

Lovely shot of this Herbour Seal (known here as the Common Seal) - nice pose with good detail and exposure.


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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-09-22 6:01]

Hello my friend Rick, this is so beautiful, I like those animals in the sun, I wish I could bathe, swim and sunbathe with them on the rocks. What a life! This picture is quite interesting as the composition with the rock and the seal go hand in hand. We even see a small sea star at the bottom of the picture. Beautiful colours and magnficent sunshine which I missed so much this summer. Thank you, friend, glad to see your pictures again!


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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-09-22 7:39]

Hi Rick,
superb shot my friend, this fat Harbor Seal looks almost like boulder in his own right! Very nice detail, POV and great eye contact. The little starfish half emerging from the water is the icing on the cake - well done!

Hello Rick

Sunshine makes me happy too,helps with the exposures.
It must be a hoot to spend time there and capture these guys.
A lovely shot ,with excellent clarity and focus.
The starfish is priceless.
I just looked through your gallery and your natural shots of wildlife rock!
Great job.


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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2008-09-24 21:46]

Hi Rick
I have been reading about the get together you guys had up North.Kathy has been giving details on the group mails.

What a wonderful capture you present to us sunning away in California in a very original setting.I have n'ver seen these great animal in real life.And now i realise i should have attened the IAMA conference i missed out in Monterrey this summer!!!It is as if he was looking right into your camer and he does seem a little attentive of your action.
Well done.
TFS & Cheers

I'm glad you had a sunny day at Monterey. That bay with its sugary sands and sculptural rocks is just gorgeous in my opinion, We always walk from Monterey down to Pacific Grove and it never disappoints... except on a weekend maybe when everyone else had the same idea and half of them on fast bicycles!. I like the attention that this fellow gave you. It is a really nice image with good sharpness and natural color.

Evelynn : )

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