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    Hi folks ... just back from Helgoland where I had a blast with the Seals and the Gannets .
    Conditions have changed a lot since my last visit back in 2015 during the summer season .... way more Seals , I mean way MORE !!
    One day there where around 300 - 350 seals resting on the beach , the beach around 1 km long . Mostly gathering in 3 groups .... difficult to isolate individuals . Most activity took place in the middle of the day .... so light was quite harsh most of the time . When the light was good , they where just resting .....
    Many visitors on Helgoland .... and new rules , observed by the " beach police " . But that's how it goes ...
    No more lying peacefully on the beach to let the Seals come close to you , while hide tide is coming in !!!
    And if I did so ... sooner or later , other folks with snappy cameras coming into my back ( standing tall ) spooked the seals into the ocean . Well well .... so I got asked by the " beach police " to keep that in mind , albeit they would know I do it " right " and causing no stress to the seals .

    Canon EOS R3
    EF 500 IS L II + 1,4 TC
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    F 8 ; Iso 3200 ; 1/2500 sec
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    Processed with DPP 4 and PSCC 2022

    Thanks fro looking and commenting to my previous thread

    Cheers Andreas

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    Nice tones and clarity Andreas, just wish the tail was all in. Keeping a low profile was the way to go.

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    Sweet, she is so velvety and smooth and ... sharp at the same time

    Nice colours and textures and pose is great, well done Boetie!

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    Gabriela Plesea

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    Thanks Steve and Gabriela .... for your kind comments , much appreciated .

    @ Gabriela ... have not touched a Grey Seal yet , but can tell that the Sea Lions have crazy soft , smooth and velvety fur . Maybe the Grey Seals have it too ... will try to touch one , next time

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    The seal in the foreground is sublime, for me the one in the background detracts rather...... but I still like it!

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    Thanks Jon ... much appreciated .
    I fully agree about the BG seal , wish I had a same shot without a distraction .

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