Bearded Seal Portrait

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Young Bearded Seal

Svalbard, July 2013

Canon 1D4, 600mm, 1/400, f/7.1, ISO 800, +2/3 EV

Bearded Seals (Erignathus barbatus) are extremely photogenic and during our recent Svalbard photo expedition we spent one particularly cold evening photographing this youngster on the ice.

As we slowly moved around him on the zodiacs we had ample opportunities to create a wide range of images from close and intimate portraits to wide environment shots.

This was one of the first images I got of him after which we spent  about two hours working the scene.

This shot formed the basis for me to work from and gave me a good starting point from both composition and exposure point of view.  In a future post I will share a few more images and some thoughts of how I approached this particular sighting to create a wide range of images from one sighting – something that every wildlife photographer should always keep in mind.

Until next time.

Gerry van der Walt

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