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Getaway (South Africa) - - PHOTOGRAPHY -

Pho­tograph­ing Cape fur seal pups at Duiker Is­land near Hout Bay is both an in­cred­i­ble ex­pe­ri­ence and su­per chal­leng­ing. The pups are liq­uid mo­tion – dark, light-suck­ing blobs that race around in sed­i­ment-laden water at full speed against a bright sur­face back­ground. Iron­i­cally, the se­cret to get­ting a de­cent un­der­wa­ter shot of these guys is to re­move as much water as pos­si­ble, by us­ing a fish-eye lens and get­ting re­ally close to them. In this in­stance, I was pho­tograph­ing a play­ful pup when I sensed I was be­ing watched. Turn­ing around, I found this shy lit­tle guy sneak­ing up on me from be­hind us­ing the kelp as cover.

Equip­ment Nikon D300, Tok­ina 10-17mm fish-eye (with Subal hous­ing and Sea & Sea strobes), ISO 400, f/8, 1/250 sec

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