Day 337 – A few days away III

Photography is all about the light – so today I got up early and headed back to see the seals….

Dawn at Donna Nock

Sunrise

Shooting seals in low light is tricky… I wanted to capture the colour of the sky but the seals with dark shapes on the beach blending in with the landscape – actually I am amazed at how well they blended in!

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A seal pup at sunrise

A young pup looking over the beach as the sunrises – I think he had the best view point!

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Behind the barrier – just us

My hubby admiring the view as I capture the seals beyond the barrier – the challenge was to make sure it did not look like that is where I was photographing from.

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A morning stretch

This was a morning stretch and the popular area with visitors – it was lovely and calm this morning – most visitors were not up to early mornings … and as more people arrived – there was lots of photographers and cameras most of whom said hello and were quite friendly, moving along to allow others to get a shot too!

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First bath!

First birth … maybe – but it looked really cold!

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Sex on the shore!

Maybe to much detail but this is a bull and a sow and it looks like this sow will be leaving her pup and heading back out to sea soon carrying a new pup for the next 11 1/2 months of so.

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A baby pup

An exhausted new born on the wet grass.

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Mum and pup

An older pup and its mum, resting on the shore.

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Mating dance between sow and bull

Is this a mating dance – I love the light this morning, not to much to create shadows but enough so I can use a shutter speed that is reasonably high to capture the movement without too much ISO.

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A maturing pup

The pups are all so different and so sweet to look at….

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A young pup

Another one in the long grass….

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A different angle!

Thinking creatively … I opted for a different angle…. and now it is time fro breakfast!

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