UPY 2017 British Waters Wide Angle - Commended

Ellen Cuylaerts

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UPY 2017 British Waters Wide Angle - Commended
'Can I help you?' - Ellen Cuylaerts

Last November when we visited the largest colony of grey seals in UK, the super moon caused huge tidal changes, some nasty currents and bad visibility. But being in the water with these curious creatures is a joy even if you can only see them when you turn around at the surface and they look at you, all big eyes, before they disappear again in the cloud of murkiness. We stayed in the water as long as the tides allowed us, changed locations a few times and when we were dropped very close to some rocks without kelp beds around, the sun came out and improved the visibility greatly. As if the seals knew this would be their chance on a nice portrait, they came really close, I added some Sola light to the ambient light to be able to dial down my settings a bit and catch the low sun rays lighting the whiskers from both sides!

Judge's comment: Alex Mustard: Beautiful light and a curious pose made this our stand out seal image.

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