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Monk Seal 4



This poor guy was minding his own business when a wave came and nailed him. Obviously he didn't really care. Hawaiian Monk Seals are endangered with about ...
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This poor guy was minding his own business when a wave came and nailed him. Obviously he didn't really care. Hawaiian Monk Seals are endangered with about 1100 left in the wild. They sleep on the beach all day and go out to feed at night with their main predator being sharks and man.
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irishrose1958
 
irishrose1958 March 10, 2018
Timing perfect
maryannebyrne_8630
 
maryannebyrne_8630 August 23, 2018
Incredible shot!
malispics
 
malispics August 23, 2018
That is an awesome shot!
RonTear PRO+
 
RonTear August 28, 2018
Moment of beauty !!
andrevondeling
 
andrevondeling January 20, 2019
Magnificent shot!
VLJ_PHOTOGRAPHY PRO+
 
VLJ_PHOTOGRAPHY October 20, 2019
Beautiful capture
jackiegoodwin PRO+
 
jackiegoodwin November 14, 2019
perfect timing - thank you for entering your lovely photo into my "animal of any kind challenge - best of luck
BarbsT PRO+
 
BarbsT Feb 15
Wow, right time, right place, great shot!

Behind The Lens

Location
I took this photo off the Surfer's Beach at Kepuhi beach resort on Molokai Hawaii.
Time
This was afternoon when the tide was coming in. It took a while because every time I thought it would reach the seal, it didn't. But obviously he didn't really care.
Lighting
Not having direct sunlight was helpful although I would have liked to experiment with some sun backlighting the water.
Equipment
Tripod. Camera: Nikon D600 aperture F16 ISO 200 shutter speed 1/180. Lens: Tamron 150-600mm lens.
Inspiration
I love wildlife and for many years, I did not see Monk seals in Hawaii up close. Its just been in the last couple of years that we've seen them on our beach. I feel very fortunate since there are only around 1800 left in Hawaii.
Editing
Normally, I stick to the basics when post-processing. I like to keep it the way I saw it.
In my camera bag
It depends on the trip. Sometimes you are weight restricted as I will be on an upcoming trip to Tonga. On this trip, I am taking my Sony a6300 with 10mm lens & an Ike lite underwater housing. I also take my Olympus TG-5 as a back-up as well as my Sony RX10-IV. I like to shoot wildlife with my Nikon D600 with the Tamron 150-600 and night scenes with my D600 and a 14-24mm lens.
Feedback
Be patient. Use the viewfinder. I don't like composing from the screen. I feel I get a better composition. Use a shutter release when possible since this reduces shake. Compose the shot, focus and wait for action!

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