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September 8th, 2010

South Sawyer Glacier Harbor Seal 02

Posted By Jon Cornforth

South Sawyer Glacier Harbor Seal 02, Tracy Arm-Fords Terror Wilderness, Alaska

Over the Labor Day weekend, I wrote a magazine article about how to photograph Alaska’s wildlife. I want to share an excerpt from the article and a new harbor seal image that I created in Tracy Arm in July.  I hope that you look forward to the complete article, but for now, please enjoy this teaser:

Most of the tidewater glaciers in Alaska support communities of harbor seals resting on icebergs, but it is difficult to approach these skittish animals. My best photo opportunities have happened by drifting amongst the icebergs in my inflatable in order to quietly observe the seals.  You will need to have a long lens in order to get in tight.  I own the Canon 400mm f4 DO IS lens, which when combined with my 7D becomes a very hand-holdable 640mm equivalent.  I prefer my images to be as close to eye-level at the water as possible, so try to get down to the lowest part of the boat.  It looks much more intimate from a low angle than when shot down on them from up high.  If you are unable to get in close enough for a frame filling shot, look for complimentary iceberg patterns around a seal in order to show it in its environment.  Also, remember to over-expose your image at least +1 stop when you are photographing bright subjects like icebergs!

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