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Tuesday, April 7, 2009

The one that got away....

Just when I thought I had wildlife photography figured out ("...get the camera perfectly set up and then just wait"), I learned something new - you have to pay attention because when something happens it often happens very quickly. Yet, though I snapped the shutter about 1/1000th of a second too late for what I wanted, I still like the above image for its nice parallels and its simplicity. And I am still enjoying discovering how to use my 300mm prime telephoto, as in the photo to the right. It was a bright, warm and sunny day and I also encountered the two harbour seals below cruising the Gorge. I suspect they were after herring since they are running now.
I also went out looking for an elephant seal yesterday, since one was reported to be moulting on the beach near where I live. It was, alas, gone. However, you can see a photo of it on my neighbour's blog "Cafe Jabbaccino."

6 comments:

Jabba said...

Well, it isn't actually a photo of the EXACT seal I saw....but otherwise, it was a great sight to see.

Katney said...

I have to laugh. Your photo reminds me of the last two on my city blog. One of the power poles--but the moon stayed put for me. The other was a bird in a tree. Not well focused but when I moved he left, too.

That is the chicken said...

I really like the seagull wing photo. In my prairie city the seagulls are calling this week...it makes me think I'm at the ocean each time I step outside...even though it's tarmac not sand beneath my feet.

Priyanka Khot said...

I liked all the three photos!

koala said...

That must of been fun.

Benjamin Madison said...

Jabba, well, it's a nice photo anyway.

Katney, there's an idea for a City Daily Photo Blog theme day - photos that were nearly good.

Chicken, yes, I forget that seagulls are found all over the place, even thousands of miles from the nearest salt water.

Priyanka, thanks. I like them too - particularly the two seagull shots.

Koala, yes it was fun. I love to go out with my camera on a bright warm day. And it's great to be able to photograph real wild animals right here in the city, animals that live here amicably with us troublesome humands.