Bruce Benson  

Sea Lion Dock by Bruce Benson

September 2020 - Sea Lion Dock

September 2020 - Bruce Benson


About the Image(s)

I took this image last winter in Westport Wa where the seal lions take over this dock, there are so many that they almost sink the doc.

F 5/1/2500/ISO 2000
Canon 1DX MK ll/Canon 400 2.8

13 comments posted

Marie Costanza   Marie Costanza
Bruce, What a beautiful crisp image! I especially like the green rope and the sea lion's expression as he looks at it. It makes me wonder what he is thinking about doing with that rope. What kind of editing did you have to do? I don't see an original, so I'm wondering if you just took the original of his face or if you cropped.   Posted: 09/03/2020 15:56:18
Bruce Benson   Bruce Benson
Hi Marie, thanks for your comments, I have been having trouble sending e-mails to Isaac for the last three months, for some reason he does not receive them. I have worked with my internet provider with no solution. Last night Isaac suggested that I send to his wife's email and she did get it. He replied that I did not include the original so sent it this morning and think he will include it as well. I did crop this image a very small amount but we were able to get quite close to them so even with my 400 mm lens was able to get almost full frame. It was a very foggy morning so I had to do raise exposure a bit and did dodge two bright areas but other than sharpening did not do much. Bruce   Posted: 09/03/2020 16:06:34
Marie Costanza   Marie Costanza
How fortunate to have the opportunity to get so close!   Posted: 09/03/2020 19:18:24

Walt Brunner   Walt Brunner
Bruce, wonderful shot! Your processing brought out the best in this shot. My only suggestion would be to clone out what I think is an eyelash at the bottom of the red area. Well done.   Posted: 09/03/2020 16:44:06
Bruce Benson   Bruce Benson
Thanks Walter, good eye to notice this. Bruce   Posted: 09/04/2020 17:35:13
Bruce Benson   Bruce Benson
Thanks Walter, good eye to notice this. Bruce   Posted: 09/04/2020 17:35:15

Mary Frost   Mary Frost
I, too, love your sea lion. It reminds me of the time I spent living on the West Coast. His nose is my favorite spot!   Posted: 09/03/2020 17:56:08
Bruce Benson   Bruce Benson
Thanks Mary, living near the coast provides some good opportunities for shooting. I appreciate your underwater images, they are something I could never do. I do not like being under the water. Bruce   Posted: 09/04/2020 17:41:45
Mary Frost   Mary Frost
I understand your reticence to be underwater. I have a cousin who tried to join me and couldn't clear her ears. I don't think all bodies are equipped for the underwater environment. Evidently my ears, etc. were made for to be underwater. I didn't have any problems to overcome. One neat advantage for me is that, as I get older (I am 87) I am entirely comfortable arthritic pain!   Posted: 09/04/2020 18:53:03
Bruce Benson   Bruce Benson
Mary, Wow you are so lucky to be able to continue your under water activities. I am 75 and each year it is more restrictive what I can do. I have had multiple surgeries on both of my ears so that is a major problem to be under water. Bruce   Posted: 09/04/2020 19:03:45
Mary Frost   Mary Frost
Yes, that would certainly be a handicap. So far, my surgeries have been to my knee and shoulder. The weightlessness of the underwater environment is my friend.   Posted: 09/04/2020 20:22:48

Isaac Vaisman M.D.   Isaac Vaisman M.D.
Bruce, it is interesting how the head of the sea lion is looking up and away, and the complex structure created by the rope and the holder is looking down creating complete equilibrium on the image. The background is soft and out of focus not being distracting. Another sea lion can be detected there. I have visited a couple of places where sea lions conglomerate (New Zealand and San Diego). The stink and the noise created by their sound is just overwhelming. I just uploaded the original, and as you said, very little PP besides cropping.   Posted: 09/03/2020 19:55:21

Adrian Binney   Adrian Binney
A very nice simple study Bruce. I live very much the rope and also the background red area, both of which add context to a great study. But in particular, it's the texture of the sea lion that's lovely to enjoy your detail.
I haven't seen these in the wild yet.   Posted: 09/23/2020 11:37:39


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