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Just back from a very enjoyable weekend at Donna Nook with my wife Trish, and good friends Sylvia (Teocali), Ina (Gezina) and Graham(Gray-Ina) and this has to be one of my many favourites. The rugged and brutal mating between these pair of Grey Seals. I was trying to capture these great animals doing something this year rather than just laying there. Hopefully I succeeded with this full frame capture. Apologies for deleting the last image but on the sound advice of Brian (Bricurtis) it needed a little more contrast so back to the drawing board and here is the result.
Many thanks for the CC's on the last series upload of the Goldcrest.

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 5D MkIII
Lens:Sigma 800mm F5.6 EX DG HSM + Kenko 1.4x convertor
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:8 Dec 2012 - 9:31 AM
Focal Length:800mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.7
Aperture:f/8.0
Shutter Speed:1/60sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:1600
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Custom
Title:The Mating Game
Username:MossyOak MossyOak
Uploaded:9 Dec 2012 - 5:18 PM
Tags:Bull, Cow, Donna nook, Grey seal, Mating, Seals, Wildlife / nature
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WindowonWildlife
WindowonWildlife e2 Member 5WindowonWildlife vcard United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
9 Dec 2012 - 5:41 PM

An excellent action capture Richard and well worth the visit mate ! Ps... Give my best to Ina and Gray, not seen em in quite some time.

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lonely_oryx
lonely_oryx e2 Member 761 forum postslonely_oryx vcard England54 Constructive Critique Points
9 Dec 2012 - 5:50 PM

Super capture

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tomcat
tomcat e2 Member 95932 forum poststomcat vcard United Kingdom15 Constructive Critique Points
9 Dec 2012 - 5:50 PM

Only just got in from footy, so couldn't tear the original upload to piecesWink

I would say, overall, that the subject matter, detail and D-O-F, are just about spot on RichardSmile

Adrian

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tomcat
tomcat e2 Member 95932 forum poststomcat vcard United Kingdom15 Constructive Critique Points
9 Dec 2012 - 5:56 PM

You had better have it, before I get tempted to give it to another couple of well deserving images

Reason? A true capture of nature in the raw

Adrian

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MossyOak
MossyOak  2 England15 Constructive Critique Points
9 Dec 2012 - 6:08 PM

GrinGrinGrin Thanks Ade, a real pleasure to accept and you were missed, good pub, grub and company and oh the seals weren't bad either.

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annettep38
annettep38 e2 Member 3188 forum postsannettep38 vcard France32 Constructive Critique Points
9 Dec 2012 - 6:13 PM

Mating? Looks like he is saying: hang on I can see a hole in that lh 3rd molar Smile
excellent shot .. perfect timing and all the rest.

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longhoss
longhoss e2 Member 4longhoss vcard United Kingdom
9 Dec 2012 - 8:32 PM

super image Richard
great detail and depth
Glyn

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johnjo58
johnjo58 e2 Member 4johnjo58 vcard United Kingdom5 Constructive Critique Points
9 Dec 2012 - 8:33 PM

Great wildlife photo Richard, sounds like a great and fruitful trip
David

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bricurtis
bricurtis e2 Member 91909 forum postsbricurtis vcard England48 Constructive Critique Points
9 Dec 2012 - 8:57 PM

A well captured moment - definitely more 'life' in this version Richard.
Brian.

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Maiwand
Maiwand e2 Member 7Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
9 Dec 2012 - 9:45 PM

Looks like it was a successful w/e Richard. Cracking good shot my friend.
Ron

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michaelo
michaelo e2 Member 8michaelo vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
9 Dec 2012 - 11:21 PM

super image Richard

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teocali
teocali e2 Member 6249 forum poststeocali vcard England18 Constructive Critique Points
10 Dec 2012 - 12:36 AM

A very special true wildlife capture, Richard. Timed to perfection to illustrate a moment of tender interaction between these two lovely animals. Beautiful detail, skin textures and tones. Love the highlighting of the whiskers. A super weekend in great company and blessed with a whole day of sunshine!
Sylvia

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sparrowhawk
sparrowhawk e2 Member 5268 forum postssparrowhawk vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
10 Dec 2012 - 1:05 PM

wonderful shot

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