A little tip for your wildlife photography composition:
This juvenile Australian Sea Lion was photographed on the beach at Seal Bay, Kangaroo Island, in South Australia recently. I was thrilled to have finally been given the opportunity to photograph this amazing species. I was with a qualified ranger/guide and a small group of other people, watching some Sea Lions interacting around me, while others slept peacefully. They seemed totally unconcerned that there was a group of humans standing nearby. Before I even took a photo, I observed their behaviour closely, watching out for any interesting behaviour to happen. Nothing out of the ordinary did happen for a while, until this juvenile came towards me and seemed quite “bouncy” and energetic….
I immediately focused my camera upon it and composed my shot, waiting for something to happen. After a few minutes of playing around, the Sea Lion finally turned in my direction and started to scratch. This was my moment! I recomposed my shot, focused on its eye and took several shots, using the continuous shutter mode on my camera. I made sure there was room in the direction the Sea Lion was facing, an important part of wildlife photography composition. Fortunately for me, there were light grey clouds in the sky, which made for perfect, diffused light. This type of lighting is preferred to sunny conditions, which tend to cause annoying highlights that blow out any light areas on your subject, as well as creating harsh background shadows.
The Australian Sea Lion is Australia’s only endemic Sea Lion and is listed as a threatened (vulnerable) under the Federal Government’s Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act. It is Australia’s only endemic Sea Lion and their population is thought to be between 10 000 – 12 000.
It was a real joy to be able to spend time photographing this beautiful mammal and an experience I thoroughly recommend to anyone.
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