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Had a great afternoon at Donna Nook on Saturday. It seems that the bad weather has left more young seals orphaned than normal so it was probably even more of a humnbling experience than in other years.

Some facts from www.lincstrust.org.uk :

"The British population of grey seals is of great international conservation importance and we are fortunate to have a thriving colony on the Lincolnshire coast.

For much of the year the seals are at sea or hauled out on distant sandbanks, but during the winter they come to breed near the dunes on the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust nature reserve at Donna Nook. They are present on the beach in November and December.

The RAF Bombing Range at Donna Nook provides the seals with a relatively disturbance-free site for hauling out. The seals are not the least bit concerned by the planes. Staff at RAF Donna Nook make every effort to make sure that no harm comes to any animal because of military activity. The Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust manages Donna Nook as a Nature Reserve with the agreement of the Ministry of Defence. "

Camera:Canon EOS 40D
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Title:Vulnerable
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Uploaded:7 Dec 2009 - 7:21 PM
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Excellent shot !

Chris

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Hanners
Hanners e2 Member 8875 forum postsHanners vcard Ireland10 Constructive Critique Points
7 Dec 2009 - 7:25 PM

spot on comp and good sharpness Dave Smile

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photophantom
7 Dec 2009 - 7:39 PM

gorgeous light, great close up
Dennis

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Steve_S
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7 Dec 2009 - 7:53 PM

Great capture, nice light
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wamp
wamp  8276 forum posts England8 Constructive Critique Points
7 Dec 2009 - 7:55 PM

Lovely light and Detail. You've got to feel for them - the poor little things

Sean

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Ruthannette
Ruthannette e2 Member 7Ruthannette vcard England
7 Dec 2009 - 7:56 PM

Super shot Dave.

Ruth

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mrswoolybill Critique Team 7395 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom971 Constructive Critique Points
7 Dec 2009 - 8:47 PM

I like your placement - he has so much space to move into, it makes his hesitation more affecting.
Moira

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cassiecat
cassiecat  639 forum posts England46 Constructive Critique Points
7 Dec 2009 - 9:23 PM

lovely light and detail. think i'd be tempted to crop the top sand off. tell me the babes arent left to die Sad
take care,lesleySmile

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tigertimb
tigertimb  640 forum posts United Kingdom66 Constructive Critique Points
7 Dec 2009 - 9:25 PM

Lovely portrait Dave; I agree with Moira about the composition with a great touch of sunlight and detail too
Tim

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Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 5Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
8 Dec 2009 - 4:04 AM

Wonderful image Dave. Too bad he is in the mud with that lovely white seal fur...........Sandy

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Ray42
Ray42  6 England3 Constructive Critique Points
8 Dec 2009 - 6:36 AM

Great shot - good light and detail

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TrevBatWCC e2 Member 6TrevBatWCC vcard England8 Constructive Critique Points
8 Dec 2009 - 3:47 PM

Lovely lighting, and he's posed very nicely for you too, Phil! Excellent capture.
TrevB Smile

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Mynett
Mynett e2 Member 6137 forum postsMynett vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
8 Dec 2009 - 7:08 PM

awww they are so cute, a lovely capture

Linda

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dweezil
dweezil  6 England
8 Dec 2009 - 9:30 PM

Lovely capture Dave,hope you are well
Craig

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KBan
KBan  9456 forum posts England4 Constructive Critique Points
8 Dec 2009 - 10:04 PM

lovely detail here Dave, would love to pay a visit.

Keith

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Admiral_Frost
8 Dec 2009 - 11:21 PM

A cracking shot Dave happy to make it 30.
Dave

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brownsilent e2 Member 7brownsilent vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
8 Dec 2009 - 11:25 PM

Oh, lovely little soul - what a great expression in its face. Superb image,
Johanna

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Pegon
Pegon  978 forum posts England1 Constructive Critique Points
8 Dec 2009 - 11:49 PM

A lovely capture Dave, nice light.
Hope you and the family are all keeping well. I hope it's not too long before we have a meet-up again.
Take Care.
Pete.

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10 Dec 2009 - 11:42 AM

excellent shot.

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10 Dec 2009 - 7:07 PM

nicely captured
regards
Yung

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OMG  551 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
12 Dec 2009 - 1:14 AM

I am still sad that I wasn't with you! Lovely shot but I agree with Lesley and think it would be better balanced with the top sand cropped.
Derek

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Glyn1  5 England1 Constructive Critique Points
13 Dec 2009 - 2:07 PM

lovely shot Dave,

Good to meet you too, I enjoyed this morning even though it was a slow start.

If I dont see you before Have a Very Merry Xmas & a Healthy Prosperous New Year.

Glyn

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13 Dec 2009 - 2:34 PM

A cracking shot Dave, lovely detail and light here,
Geoff.

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russpears  4
6 Jan 2010 - 6:20 PM

I would have like to see a wide angle shot of this to complement the mood more. As a whole it seems static which should complement the mood but then it comes down to a need for some impact. The turning of the head to camera left works well to resist the typical flow and holds on to the viewers natural reaction. The color seems to work less here, where I would have went with a BW treatment for better contrast without using a curves adjustment. The static placement of the head is good, however I would have like to see a second focal point, like a group of seals, in the composition that would help clarify the story if you had no chance of getting more negative space. Sams critique is really right on here

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