Posted by Steve Kaluski on Thu Sep 19, 2019 2:52 am

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A small departure from Polar bears to the humble Walrus. 

We found four of these hauled up on a very small pice of pack ice. Both zodiacs launched and taking our time we manouvered very close, a testimony to the skill of the Guides. 

Males are far easier to approach providing they are aware of you and so lowering voices is not required, intact the total opposite. To try and approach females even at 300m they would just go. To be so close and being low aided to taking the image.

Thanks to those who posted or viewed on the last posting.


Subject: Walrus (Odobenus Rosmarus) on pack ice
Location: Svalbard
Camera: Canon 1DX MKII 
Lens: 500f/4 with 1.4 Ext HH
Exposure: 1/2000s at f/16 ISO2500
Original format: Portrait, FF on width, slight crop from the top
Processed via: LRCC Classic & PSCC2019

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by Debapratim Saha on Thu Sep 19, 2019 10:48 am
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Amazing close up shot with great detail and perspective.
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by BillyMacD on Thu Sep 19, 2019 4:00 pm
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Superb detail, pose & composition

by Carol Clarke on Thu Sep 19, 2019 5:59 pm
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Wonderful detail and intimate view of this large male, Steve! I like the intricate pattern and spread of those iconic whiskers, and its fascinating to see that with relatively small eyes, they can be so expressive. Well done!

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by Steve Kaluski on Fri Sep 20, 2019 6:09 am
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Thanks folks, glad you liked it. For me this is a subject that commands detail and hopefully I have delivered that. To have got closer would have been even better, but I'm glad for what I got.


by Cynthia Crawford on Sat Sep 21, 2019 5:52 am
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Wonderful portrait with plenty of detail and appeal. Don't see how you could get closer without getting tickled by those amazing whiskers! ;)
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by Cindy Marple on Tue Sep 24, 2019 5:47 pm
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Lovely detail in this. The half-open eyes attest to his comfort with your presence. The eye-level perspective is nice too.

by David J. Bogener on Thu Oct 03, 2019 5:00 pm
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Great portrait. Love the eye contact and detail

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