October 24th, 2012

pinnipeds week #1

Galapagos sea lions playing in the shallows, Gordon's Rock, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

Nikon D300 + Nikkor 12-24mm, strobes Sea&Sea YS-250 + YS-110

Location on Google maps

Wikipedia Reference

Shooting sea lions is pleasant and productive activity for underwater photographers - these natural born models are happy to pose very closely for lens, often providing opportunity to witness all kind of funny situations between them. To socialize with sea lions there is no need for long search and tracking activities, chasing animals in currents or other difficulties and risks - maybe just they will bite your fins or strobes gently from time to time. Biggest problem in addition to memory card limited number of frames (and of course strobe's battery resource) was presence of significant amount of scatter in the water - typical for Galapagos shallows. I had to work on solution by playing with strobe configuration and position relative to sun, so all these scatter does not appear much in the lit up shot.