Ruth Sprain  

Mama & Baby by Ruth Sprain

September 2020 - Mama & Baby

September 2020 - Ruth Sprain


About the Image(s)

I took this photo in the Galapagos Islands in the fall of 2018.

Mother sea lions lay with their pups on the sand, resting after fishing for food. This particular pup was alert and interested in some of his mother’s attention.

The photo was taken with my Canon 7D Mark II at f-11, 1/350.

In PhotoShop, I used the Daylight setting for color balance, cropped, saturated slightly, dodged and burned, added a slight vignette, and sharpened. I tried to enhance the sea lions’ eyes while keeping a natural look.

5 comments posted

Mary Ann Carrasco   Mary Ann Carrasco
You have captured the look on the pup and the fondness of the mother looking on. I wonder if cropping a bit more to take out some of the sand on the top may draw the viewers eye more towards the pup.   Posted: 09/03/2020 19:42:56

Ruth Sprain   Ruth Sprain
I could probably crop a bit tighter on the top. However, I didn't want to cut off the flipper of the mother seal.   Posted: 09/03/2020 22:16:48
Ruth Sprain   Ruth Sprain
I cropped a bit off the top, bottom, and right side. What do you think?   Posted: 09/04/2020 11:10:13
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Mary Ann Carrasco   Mary Ann Carrasco
I like this very much! I think it really brings out the pup and the mother's gaze on her young!   Posted: 09/13/2020 14:57:55

LuAnn Thatcher   LuAnn Thatcher
What an opportunity to go to the Galapagos Islands!

I like your image, Ruth. I find the flow from mother to pup works nicely. You have their eyes in view and the pup's attention, very natural scene. I have to chuckle at what appears to be a neckerchief on the pup! You didn't include all your camera settings, how far from the two were you (focal length)? What lens did you use? What was your ISO? Did you shoot handheld?

I know you like natural photographs for competitions. I tried a few different options, but I think your tones in the animals are more to your liking. I tried to darken the sand a bit, but then I lost the nature photography look. If the image is sharpened anymore, the white sand behind the pup's head on the rock blows out. I think your second crop works nicely.

On a side note, did you capture any shots from a lower to the ground perspective? I know nature judges like the direct sightline view sometimes more than from a higher perspective.

How was your trip to the Galapagos Islands? Did you do a photography tour? My husband just said he was interested in this location for a trip. I'd love to hear about your adventure.

Best regards,
LuAnn   Posted: 09/12/2020 15:24:35


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