Jose Cartas  

Sea Lion and Pup by Jose Cartas

November 2023 - Sea Lion and Pup

About the Image(s)

It is very easy (maybe too easy!) to take pictures of animals in the Galapagos. They don't see humans as predators and just ignore us. You can approach them (even birds) very close, and they don't move, giving you plenty of time for the shot. We were there in mid-September and there were a lot of newborn sea lions. Here, I focused on the interaction between the mother and her small baby, just a couple of days old. I didn't need to do any post-processing, except some noise reduction in LR. Technical specifications: 230mm. lens, 1/125 sec. at f/5.6, ISO 1250, handheld.

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5 comments posted

Kirsti Näntö-Salonen   Kirsti Näntö-Salonen
Jose, this must have been a great trip! You have captured a tender moment very beautifully. I love the way the rocks in the background seem to repeat the curved forms of the sea lions.   Posted: 11/10/2023 14:11:15

Mervyn Hurwitz   Mervyn Hurwitz
Again a wonderful wildlife picture with a great nature story with the interaction between the mother and her baby.
Please darken the foreground sand and rocks to make this picture even more perfect.   Posted: 11/12/2023 10:50:15

Bob Benson   Bob Benson
Yes, a great nature story image. And I agree with Mervyn that a subtle linear darkening gradient would keep us from going off the bottom.   Posted: 11/12/2023 14:55:14

Anges van der Logt   Anges van der Logt
Agree with Mervyn as well on darkening the foreground. It would make the image even more better than it already is! Very nice nature story/image!   Posted: 11/20/2023 19:22:35

Tony Au Yeong   Tony Au Yeong
Hi Jose, this is a great photo showing the intimacy between the mother sea lion and her baby. The composition is nice. If you do not like to darken the foreground may be cropping slightly from the bottom can help.   Posted: 11/25/2023 08:00:22