Telling male and female grey seals apart is a little challenging to begin with. The best way to explain the difference is to show you a photo of them together. The bulls have distinct Roman noses, and just look like bulls. The more time you spend with them, the more you notice the differences.
Sometimes, you just know.
Here’s Mr Grey Seal, one of the seals I didn’t manage to go and see this year. We would chat for ages and he’d come right into the shore. He was only about 10ft away when he posed for this shot.
Here’s a preview of another new print waiting to be uploaded. This photo was taken a couple of years back, on the shores of Loch Brora in Sutherland. The hill is Carroll Rock. It isn’t very often the waters of the lochs in the Highlands are flat calm, even rarer when the northern lights are dancing. This really is a once in a lifetime shot.
Was up early, so thought I’d take a wander around the village with the camera, see if there was anything doing. It was cold. Had my Leki pole with me, kept me steady on the ice patches. Nothing really exciting going on, but I did manage this rather different shot of Lower Brora and added it to the stock library.
Here’s another one from this evening’s work. This wee fella was asleep when I sat on the shore nearby. I was only about 20ft from him, perfect distance for 200mm. I’d forgotten about him, and was looking out to sea when he woke up. He must have been looking at me for quite some time before I realised he was awake. I guess I was the first human he’d ever seen, judging by the puzzled look. We chatted for about 10 minutes before I said my goodbyes. This was taken four years back. I wonder where he is now?
Today I began work on my extensive grey seals library. I’ve hundreds of photos to work through so this is going to take months. I’m not just uploading them, of course, I’m taking each photo into my editing workflow and reworking them as if they were straight out of the camera. This was a finished photo, and I’ve just spent another 20 minutes on it because I wasn’t happy with it. I’m happy with it now!
Here’s a photo I’ve just uploaded to the RF gallery. Kinda like this one. The background isn’t vignetted, it’s simply snow. I did remove one or two smudgy patches to give it the uniform whiteness, and I think it works well.