Photo of the Day: Seal Yawn

Photo of the Day: Seal Yawn

A Leopard Seal yawning
Seal Stretch

The Set Up

On many occasions in Antarctica we would set out in 10-12 person zodiacs to explore the bays and harbours.  In the bays there were amazing icebergs, like yesterday’s photo, floating around, there were whales popping up to breath, and in many cases, seals relaxing on the ice.  Leopard  seals, Weddell’s seals, fur seals, and elephant seal were all common fixtures.

The Shot

Like about 50% of my shot from Antarctica this one was shot from a zodiac.  We had been floating around the seal for a while, and having about 20 pictures of dull calm seals I fired waiting patiently focused on this one for a while.  Actually my arm got so tired that I dropped the lens down a second and almost missed the shot.  You can see the lines that flow, which was no accident, and I assure you, very difficult to execute.

For the shutter heads out there, I shot this with my Canon 70-200mm f4L IS at 200mm at an f of 4 and a shutter speed of 1/125, ISO100.