26 April 2016

Seal on the south coast

I find seals (kekeno) difficult to photograph. In the water they're constantly moving and mostly obscured; hauled out, they spend much of their time like big blubbery sausages moulded to the rock on which they're sunbathing. At Turakirae Head, on the southern coast of the North Island last weekend, this was one of the few moderately cooperative seals that posed nicely for me. Harsh, contrasty, middle-of-the-day light didn't help, either. A lovely day for a walk, but a photographer's hell.

[1/1250 sec. at f5.6; ISO 200]

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Zhoen said...

I love the texture of this one's fur against the rocks, in that harsh light.

pohanginapete said...

Zhoen, I've wondered what that fur feels like, but, having seen the teeth on these seals, I wouldn't want to get close enough to find out.