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lazy like a sea lion

lazy like a sea lion
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Copyright: Krzysztof Pabis (cataclysta) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 752 W: 174 N: 2191] (5666)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Black & White
Date Taken: 2007-04
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Olympus C-8080 WZ
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): My Dedications [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-04-02 5:15
Viewed: 4871
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
It is my first BW photo on TN and I wan to dedicate it to Mike Warnes (warnzy) because he likes BW images ;-) Thank you Mike for your great birds and mammals shots.

I have a very little time for TN in these month and I have a lot of work. That is why I want to be lazy as those sea lions ;-) Photo was taken in Argentinian harbour Mar del Plata.

Sad story of South American Sea Lion

Many hundreds of thousands of South American sea lions were killed by commercial hunters in the 19th and 20th centuries, some until as late as the 1950s, and several populations were heavily depleted as a result. There is currently no commercial hunting of the species within its range, although pressure exists in several countries to resume such hunting.

There are also widespread interactions with trawl fisheries, the opportunistic male sea lions often following trawl boats and being shot or becoming entangled in the trawl nets. Drift gill net fisheries may also result in the bycatch of sea lions when deployed along their transit routes. Dynamiting of South American sea lions has been reported from Brazil and Peru. Increasing levels of sea lion mortality are also associated with the rapidly expanding salmon farming industry, especially in Chile, sea lions becoming entangled in the protective nets around the farms or being shot by fish farmers to protect their stocks. In 1999 the Chilean government extended a moratorium on the killing of South American sea lions for an additional five years, the original moratorium having been instituted in 1994. There has been evidence in the past of fishermen in Chile and, to a lesser extent, Argentina, killing sea lions as bait for the king crab fishery, but it is not known if this practice continues.

Sea lions at the port of Mar del Plata, Argentina, are badly affected by toxic chemicals and heavy metals, and are suffering from complaints such as skin infections, conjunctivitis, rhinitis and alopecia.

Lazy is a song by British hard rock band Deep Purple from their 1972 album Machine Head, a live performance of the song can be found on the album Made in Japan, released later the same year.

(source: http://www.pinnipeds.org and wikipedia)

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-04-02 6:15]

Hello Krzysztof,
I am not a B&W enthusiast, but this is irresistable!
A fantastic composition of the heads of three sleeping Sea Lions nuzzling together. It would have been great to see it in colour, even if the org had little colour.
Great image anyway and thanks for sharing it,
Best wishes, Ivan

Hi Krzysztof,
Welcome back my friend! Nice to see again! Really I also want to be lazy :) but we are starting to herpetological trips. You are lucky indeed :D. Your capture is lovely and splendid in all aspects. Well done! But now I want to go to sleep thanks to these beauties :-). Thanks for sharing this nice shot.
All the best! Take care!


Hello Krzysztof,
They are in deep sleep and look so cute. Very nice pov and composition. I feel sleepy already. TFS,

It may be a bit unless someone calls Mike...but he will be here...and I know how much he loves this type of image, a I do well...There is a special quality to certain ones...mostly in editorial but in nature as well..I think Ansel gave us all hope which should last for at least 2 more generations...very nciely done!

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-04-02 8:13]

Hello Krzysztof,
almost too cute my freind! what a great shot, they all seem to be smiling. Good choice of B & W, some lovely detail in the fur and the framing is excellent. Very well done my friend.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-04-02 10:14]

Hi Krzysztof.
Simply amazing scene and framing. I welcome use W/B palette so much. Very touching, perfectly done job. Exposure, details and sharpness are spot on. Bravo.

Hi Chris,
A nice BW capture of these lazy sealions seems that they are not worried about food. Excellent details and a fine composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hi Kryzsztof,

I'm flattered that you dedicated this picture to me. I do love black and white pictures and I'm a big fan of Ansel Adams, who was a master of the art as is Bob Shannon. Done well, B&W shots can provide and unique insight on a subject, without all those colours to distract the eye. The secret is to use the right shot, and this is a perfect conversion to B&W. I love the detail in the fur, the sharp white of the whiskers and the tonal range is perfect. I'm sure it's a great shot in colour, but it's a very special B&W one. I'd be happy to see this shot hanging in my home.

But I'm particularly pleased as you were one of the people who encouraged to to keep posting on TN at a point where I had pretty much decided to give up. So I also owe you a debt to gratitude for that.

You are a great photographer and a great contributor to TN. Keep up the good work.


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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-04-02 13:12]

Aahh now that is CUTE!!! :-D
This looks great in B+W because the dynamic range is so good.
Very sharp with lots and lots of detail.
Nice composition.
The expressions are brilliant :-)
Well done Krzysztof,


Hi Krzysztof,
Simply great. I liked this photo very much. TFS. Regards,

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-04-02 22:38]

Hi Krzysztof,
Outstanding black/white shot of these cute sea-lion trio taking a nap. Fabulous moment captured with very skilfully chosen POV and with immaculate sharpness. This indeed is a masterpiece and reminds of an era gone by. Superb composition. Kudos.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-04-03 0:42]

Hello Krzys,
What a lovely capture of these three having a snooze together! What a life! I like the sharp details and the textures and the composition is brilliant.
Many thanks, Ulla

Hello Krzysztof,

Excellent B&W picture of these cute sleeping sea lions. Great sharpness. Good lighting. Superb reproduction of the fur texture.

Hi Krzysztof, very cute trio, great choise conversion in B&W, excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hello Krzystof,
lovely and superb capture of these sea lions. TFS. Regards,

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-04-13 20:32]

Hello Krzysztof

A lovely capture of these three snoozing friends.
The way they meet at the middle of the frame is neat and well composed.
I like the sharpness and focus.
The contrast is well handled.
Nicely seen and presented.


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-05-27 4:03]

Hi Krzysztof,
very special shot and these guys are really cute.
I like their noses, and the whiskers are so sharp and clear.
Well cropped to give an effective visual impact.


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