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"Oh Bother!"

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Copyright: Evelynn Smith (Evelynn) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2025 W: 741 N: 3285] (14454)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-12-22
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 30D, Sigma 80-400 OS
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-03-29 20:45
Viewed: 2890
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The way this big fellow looked at me with that one, half open eye made me think of Winnie-the-Pooh. "Oh bother!" is a phrase used to express annoyance. The phrase was made famous by Winnie-the-Pooh. The wonderful thing about "Oh, bother!" is that you can only use it effectively in situations that are mildly annoying or inconvenient.



ManYee visited the same site a month or so later and has lots of information on both the site and the elephant seals with her post. ManYee's post

oscarromulus, bettinamarie, pankajbajpai, horia, vanderschelden, Silvio2006, SkyF has marked this note useful
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" Oh Bother!" is right Evelynn.
You have registered "TIRED".
After all that swimming in those seas.!!!
Excellent clarity.
Love it.
Greetings from Canada from Mario.

Hi Evelynn,

He looks totally Flubbergasted, an amazing big chunk of flubber on the California coast, some days I feel like that though. Great clarity in this wonderful shot. :)

Hi Evelyn,
You are so very lucky to encounter this beautiful creature. The composition, color and clarity are spot on! He is adorable....I love him!

Take care,
Bettina Marie =0)

hi evelynn,
nice shot, very good note, liked the pov, natural colour tones, sharp image, nice composition,
tfs & regards

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-03-29 22:26]
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Hello Evelynn,
I would love this in my gallery, this boy has had a few arguements over the girls by the scares on his neck. Your capture is great to say the least, great camera work. I believe I have heard they are amazingly quick for thier size.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-03-29 22:59]

Hello Evelynn

Wow look what washed up on the beach.He looks like Jimmy Durante.Excellent focus and sharp details.Look at all the battle scars! Well done.TFS


I just love the light on the glistening bodies of the elephant seals. What time of the day were these pictures taken? Were the seals all wet? My pictures did not come out anything like that.
That IS a wonderful expression that you have captured. I like the pose and the wet sand in the BG.
TFS. : )

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2007-03-30 1:50]

Hi Evelynn,

A great capture of this big one,a nice low POV,the exposure is well handled,if the guys are have a territorial fight it is better to keep some distance and I tink you will bother,but here indeed he is quite relaxed,tfs


Hello Evelynn,
Ahhhh.... this is a pleasant capture!
Easy to see why he got the name...
Good details are captured, focus is spot on and that eye is really catching attention...
Well composed presentation!
Pablo -

I am so jealous that you can see these. The tones of sand and water go so well in this shot.The focus could not be better in my opinion.The one eye open is such a gallant effort on his part. Oh Bother....Perfect!

Haha very good Evelynn! I'm a bit undecided about the blurry bit of FG in the bottom but otherwise a great shot with excellent lighting.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-03-30 7:13]

Hi Evelynn

What an expressive face! He really is bored of everything and just wants to jay back and enjoy the warm rays of the sun :))
A splendid shot! The fronatal and low-angled POV here is exceptional and really catches all that "emotion" very well.
The exposure here is also very well managed and gave you a very nie contrast on the elephant-seal's body and face.
The crispy-clear details and the charming and well saturated colors complete this lovely composition.

Bravo and TFS

Hi Evelynn,
Look at the half-open eye, perfectly captured. I think you've choosen a good moment. It reflects perfectly the seal in his natural environment. The background is also good, reflecting in the seal's fur. Good work again.
Regards, Ruud

Good shot, Evelynn.
The light and the little sharp eye into the light as well as the composition and so forth are well done

Hi Evelynn, lovely portrait of this great sea elephas, wonderful light and splendid colors, great focus, very well done, have a nice week end, ciao Silvio

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-03-30 18:05]

Hi Evelynn,
looks like he can't be bothered and even has a hard time to open an eye. Very nice shot, this animal is amazing. Great composition with the lovely suroundings.
Colors, light and sharpness are great.

Hi Evelynn,
What a funny expression you captured here. The title goes perfectly with it. The quality of this photo is excellent, with great details and perfect lighting. Great work on the DOF and on your low POV. The wet sand in the back makes for an interesting reflection. I am seeing something in the reflection, just on the left of the seal, but can't figure out what it is.

P.S. I read you bought a new lens. Is Jerry happy to carry an other lens? :)

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-04-02 14:39]

Hi Evelynn

Wonderful shot and quite apt as I went past Ashdown Forest today (the place on which 100 Acre Wood, where Pooh lived, is based). He looks like pooh bear after too much honey.

Wonderful light, great expression and pin sharp. Lovely shot



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