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Arctocephalus pusillus

Arctocephalus pusillus
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Copyright: Annick Vanderschelden (vanderschelden) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2553 W: 74 N: 7464] (30441)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-12-09
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon 400mm 2.8 IS
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/800 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Namibia, a photographer's dream
Theme(s): Brown Fur Seal colony at Cape Cross [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-01-12 10:26
Viewed: 6109
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This one is Sandy. Well, I call him or her Sandy:-)
Sandy is a Brown Fur Seal pup.

In my previous post we talked about the Pinnipeds or fin-footed mammals. The Pinnipeds consist out of three families and one family is called the Otariidae or the Eared seals.

In the previous post in one of the critiques, Sabine wrote that she was surprised to see ears. I was also surprised actually...:-) You can't see it very well here 'cause it's a pup.

From wikipedia...
Eared seals, also called "walking seals" and "otariids", include the animals commonly known as sea lions and fur seals. These are vocal, social animals that are somewhat better adapted to terrestrial habitats with rear flippers that can turn forward such that they can move on all fours on land. Their foreflippers are larger than those of earless seals and are used as a primary source of maneuverability in the water. Eared seals have external ears, as their name suggests, and more dog-like snouts, further distinguishing them from the true seals. While sea lions are generally larger than fur seals and lack the dense underfur of the latter, the long-standing division into subfamilies (Arctocephalinae and Otariinae for fur seals and sea lions respectively) has been shown to be unjustified in light of recent genetic evidence suggesting that several fur seal species are more closely related to some sea lions than other fur seals. The iconic ball-balancing circus seal is generally some species of sea lion, most commonly a California sea lion.

Photo is captured with a monopod. GPS(and map) and altitude data is provided in the previous post.

Tomorrow another portrait of the Brown Fur Seal and more info about this specie.
Thanks for looking..

nglen, Morigann, hansh, valy67, anel, ronnyho, ferranjlloret, horia has marked this note useful
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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-01-12 10:31]

Hi Annick . This is a fantastic close up of the cute looking pup. I can see why you called it sandy. It has huge dark eyes. You have taken this with you shape focusing and fine detail. with rich natural colours. well done .TFS.

Hello Annick,
Great close up of this little mammals, with fine details and good DOF.
Very well done.

HI Annick,
that's so lovely, such a cute one with all the sand on it - and I can see again the "ear" ;-)
Thanks, beautiful moment
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • hansh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
  • [2009-01-12 11:51]

Hoi Annick.

Een mooi en schattig portret. Lijkt een beetje alsof hij in de modder aan het baggeren is geweest.
Prima foto.

Gr. Hans

Hi Annick,
A very 'characterful' (is there such a word ... there should be) portrait of this sandy fur seal pup.
You've captured some great textures and details here.
Nice work.

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2009-01-12 12:57]

Hello Annick !
How cute he is ! I love his pretty face, his big black eyes, his fur. You managed to capture him with pin sharp details, in a great pose (he looks curious and attentive), and the picture is also very nicely composed, with beautiful natural colors and a splendid BG. Very well done !

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-01-12 13:03]

Hallo Annick,
Wat een schitterend koppie. Perfecte details, zelfs een zandkorreltje op het oog is zichtbaar. Mooie natuurlijke kleuren. Uitstekende diepte werking. Bijzonder gekleurde achtergrond.

wow , very beautiful portrait with very clear details , perfect colours and light ,
nice POV,

Hello Annick

A beautiful portrait of this seal pup.
The eyes are terrific.
Excellent lighting and contrast.
The focus is razor sharp with wonderful detail.
Well placed in the frame against a lovely OOF BG.
The POV is fantastic.


Hi Annick,

A superb portrait of this little seal, excellent exposure, sharpness and detail.


hello annick,
lovely closeup shot, the composition is good, the dof is precise and the details look nice, i like your framing very much, you have one of the greatest gallery here which has such a wide presentation of animal kingdom,
tfs & regards

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-01-13 2:14]

Bonjour Annick,
Anna écrivait que les petits animaux étaient adorables. Ici, nous en avons un exemple parfait! Cette petite Sandy me rappelle mon fils lorsqu'il était petit .. et il paraît que sa mère n'était pas mieux. Focus parfait sur la tête et un arrière-plan tout en douceur convenant au sujet.
Magnifique portrait animalier
Meilleures salutations

hello Annick
een fantastische opname
zo scherp
en dichtbij ,met alle details
groetjes lou

This is a great and funny portrait!
Very sharp, you can see the sky shining in the eye.

Ciao Annick, lovely portrait of beautiful creature, splendid details and great sharpness, fantastic blurry BG, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hi Annick,
Excellent portrait! Very good sharpness and fine details.
TFS. Ferran.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2009-01-13 20:53]

Hello Annick, Wow what a nice looking fella. I think he just returned from the play ground and seem to be really enjoying himself. Well done and a good closeup shot. Ganesh

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2009-01-14 1:15]

Hi Annick

Very cute close-up here from you!
Very nice name for the little fellow here as well ;))
I really like the excellent details you managed to get here and that sand makes this shot so much personal and unique. Also, the wet fur retains some great reflections that you did well not to cut out.
Superb portrait!

Bravo and TFS

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2009-01-14 14:38]

Hi Annick,
a superb shot of this muddy Seal :-)
Excellent detail.
Superb composition.

Very well done,

  • smurali Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 205 W: 14 N: 609] (3596)
  • [2009-01-16 9:27]

The Seal series had been great.

- Murali

great haircut, TFS Ori

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