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carolt55 September 04, 2016
Absolutely stunning image, Thank you for your wonderful descriptions.
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Paulacook144 November 22, 2016
Little faces only a mother could love.Just a wonderful image .
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JDLifeshots November 22, 2016
Amazing capture! Congrats.
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Fraida December 11, 2016
Outstanding work!
 
Duane_Watts January 12, 2017
Supurbly stunning shot! Amazing!
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Pablo-Klik February 02, 2017
MAGNIFICA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
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Fantastic
 
jccaptures February 06, 2017
Very adorable
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MaryAnne306 March 09, 2017
What a wonderful photo! Congratulations on all your awards--well-deserved. Great description, too--thanks.
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Pamelabole March 10, 2017
Hahaha.....those faces!!!, I just love this!!! Amazing capture....lucky you to have such a thrilling experience!!!! Congrats on your finalist award!!!! : )
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Excellent shot !!
 
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Alwolfe September 25, 2017
Absolutely beautiful!
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Pegertler Jan 11
Masterful in every way. I’m guessing you’re a biologist by profession or interest. Your write up is informative and accurate and enhances an already magnificent image.
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DoroGosling Jan 12
Priceless!
 
julierussell Mar 31
This is gorgeous amazing capture indeed
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Alfredo_Jose Apr 12
Outstanding work!
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Amazing ????????????????????????????????
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Trotts May 04
Love it. Fabulous
 
Outstanding image and narrative.
 
marcam10 May 16
Superb wildlife image …wonderful focus and clarity. Those little drops falling from the moustache a beautiful detail. so glad you have mentioned the revival of this once endangered animal. : )

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Walrus (Odobenus rosmarus)

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These clumsy and fat mammals on land are amazingly fast and agile in the ocean! This encounter by the Seven Islands, Svalbard is from a zodiac, and they swam towards us to check us out as if this was a strange and much larger than usual member of their species. They even swam underneath the zodiac, but never did they try to intimidate or seemed nervous by our presence.

They are so large and powerful that even the polar bear will not attack a healthy walrus, unless a young is all alone. The tusks powered by their bulk (up to 2,000 kg) is enough to kill a polar bear (up to 700 kg).

It was hard to keep track and shoot, as they popped up in new places like whack-a-moles!

As with most wildlife, humans hunted this species almost to extinction, but is now growing steadily in numbers due to several decades of protection. This picture is also a great example of this as you see three different age groups – a sign of reproduction.

Despite this, the walrus is still a vulnerable species.
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Behind The Lens

Location
Seven Islands, Svalbard, from a zodiac @80°41'16.8"N 20°52'46.3"E.
Time
July 26, 2016 17:54.
Lighting
An overcast, windy day with flat light.
Equipment
Nikon D4S, AF-S Nikkor 500mm 1:4G ED + Nikon AF-S Teleconverter TC-14E II @ 700mm/ƒ/6.3/1/640s/ISO 125 Gitzo GT5542LS Systematic tripod WIMBERLEY Head Version II
Inspiration
I was hoping to encounter some walrus during my trip around Svalbard, bu that is by no means a guarantee. The weather can be extremely windy, the walrus can have moved to unknown locations - it is after all wild life. I encountered a group on land and was hoping to get some shots of them, but out of the blue several walrus popped out of the ocean like whack-a-moles and I was barely able to get this shot before they were all gone and continued on our way to the shore to take a look at the group there.
Editing
Very little processing: Lighten shadows Decrease whites Some adjustments to yellows, oranges and blues Very light sharpening
In my camera bag
Nikon D4 & D4s AF-S Micro Nikkor 105mm 1:2.8 G ED Nikon 800mm f/5.6E AF-S VR Nikon AF-S Teleconverter TC-14E II Nikon Speedlight SB-910 WIMBERLEY Head Version II Gitzo GT5542LS Systematic tripod Formatt Hitech Firecrest 13 & 20 ND filters di-GPS Eco ProFessional M GPS units Zeiss lens wipes Fibercloth Eyelead sensor gel stick for sensor cleaning
Feedback
Photographing wildlife from a zodiac is very challenging when using a long lens like I did here and requires some training to know where you are relative to the subject that is constantly moving and the waves rocking the zodiac. But with it you get amazingly intimate captures. I have now upgraded to an 800mm which gives me even more reach. My Wimberley Head Version II and Gitzo GT5542LS Systematic tripod are my life savers, as the gimbal responds to my every move and gives me full control and stability.

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