Seal photography is prevalent at this time of year as the seal breeding season runs from October to December.
Seals tend to come to shore more at this time of year, presenting more opportunities for photographers to get close up shots of these beautiful animals. Locations such as Donna Nook near Cleethorpes are ever popular with photographers, along with various other coastal locations around the UK. A camera that is splash-proof will be ideal, such as the K-5II
, just in case it rains or the sea gets a little rough. Both of these cameras are weather sealed, protecting them against stray sand particles, too.
Here are some top tips for seal photography:
Keep your distance -
You should always put the welfare of the seals first.
Watch the tide -
As you get engrossed in taking your photos, be careful not to get caught out by the tide. Make sure you look at and memorise the tide times, and plan your visit to minimise your chances of getting stranded or worse, getting swept out to sea and your kit ruined.
Long zoom -
A long zoom can be used to get close up photos of seals without putting the camera in their face. A large number of seals will make their way onto the shore at this time of year, so there's plenty of opportunity to get some good shots of mothers and babies, too. Using a long zoom will enable you to camp out nearby and perhaps not even get noticed by the seal, so you'll be able to get some more candid shots of them and their pups. A tripod will help to keep your camera steady with a longer lens attached.
Seals are quite low to the ground, so you'll most likely not be able to get a great shot from a standing position. The Pentax MX-1
features a tilting screen, allowing you to hold the camera in a low position and still see what you're shooting.