The picture was taken on a boat tour organised on the Beagle Channel from Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego. This large guy on the hill is supposed to be a male and the group of smaller guys is his harem.
The South American Sea Lion (Otaria flavescens, formerly Otaria byronia), also called the Southern Sea Lion and the Patagonian Sea Lion, is a sea lion found on the Chilean, Peruvian, Uruguayan and Argentine coasts. Locally, it is known by several names though the most common ones are "lobo marino" (sea wolf) and "león marino" (sea lion).
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digbymerry (3998) 2010-11-24 2:30
Wonderful natural history photo. I like the light, colours and composition. It is a fine capture of the man and his harem.
Longroute (19396) 2010-11-24 3:43
Your photos are like water in a desert... the desert of TE...!
You make me green with envy for having been in the Beagle channel! I've read hundreds of books concerning this place and dreamed to go there hundreds of times... Superb mountains and fantastic seascapes, what do you want more? Here until the last century and for a good part of this one (900) it was really dangerous to sail with a small sailing boat, so many have tried and so many never came back... and you went there comfortably and safely in a tourist boat! Oh my, it's not fair!
The light and the sharpness on these rocks and sea lions is superb. Such a pleasure to see.
npecanhuk (75502) 2010-11-24 3:48
I do hope you have enjoyed your trip down to USHUAIA!
This picture is certainly interesting anda attractive!
Sharpness, exposure, chosen pov (from the boat, probably), dof, colors, pp, contrasts, horizontal format and composition are all excellent!
TFS - congrats,
Bournazel (0) 2010-11-24 3:56
A place I would like to visit .. So many things and place to see in this area. Atypical weather too i Think !!
lousat (91950) 2010-11-24 4:36
Fantastic pic from a fantastic place,a new pearl in your beautiful gallery..a perfect pic for treknature too..ehhee..Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano.
Sonata11 (33863) 2010-11-24 7:29
samo zycie, super fotografia, cudne ujecie, colory, ostrosc. Scenaria i miejsce do pozazdroszczenia, nie w zlym slawa znaczeniu. Cudne zdjecie, prosze o wiecej.Super kardr!!!!!
emka (98706) 2010-11-24 12:20
Dziś jestesmy prawie sąsiadami, ale pokazujemy skrajnie odległe miejsca, akurat chyba przeciwległe. Ale surowy krajobraz! Fajny harem ma ten słoń morski. Fantastyczne miejsce i super zdjęcie.
Ja nie byłam w Ushuaia, popłynęłam tylko promem przez Cieśninę Magellana na Ziemie Ognistą do Puerto Williams i wróciłam. A duże kolonie słoni morskich widziałam przedtem na Islas Ballestas w Peru.
artesia (959) 2010-11-24 18:02
Oh wow... wonderful shot of Tierra del Fuego my friend.. there's little light but enough to get some sun reflection on some of the sea lions...
The quality is absolutely superb,love the portion of the mountains on the background.. I'm so jealous, cause I have no visa to go to Argentina :-) Maybe next time
s_lush (16134) 2010-11-24 23:10
You have managed to photograph these beautiful creatures in their natural environment and against the wonderful skyline. The male on the top looks exactly like a real lion, but with flippers. Great capture. Perfectly well done!
macjake (68432) 2010-11-25 0:44
its always great to see new places like this, i dont think this is posted alot on TE, and thats what makes it so wonderful.
i like the grey tones, mixed with the browns.
edgy FG and edgy BG scenery.
interesting shot...nice one
federico (3955) 2010-11-25 6:10
hi mariusz, wonderfull shot here, also the cold light add a great touch to your photo, the subject is interesting too, everything match very well
jurek1951 (42196) 2010-11-25 6:43
takie zwierzeta zobaczyc na zywo to wielkie przezycie,super kadr,pozdrawiam
jlbrthnn (76037) 2010-11-25 6:58
Not only one very beautiful photograph, but also a very interesting and didactive image. The quality of the realization is remarkable. Congratulations.
Have a nice day
SWEETFREEDOM (24621) 2010-11-25 10:03
a lucky fellow in a beautiful landscape, i must have been really interesting the boat tour with the natural beauties all around.
iainsp (2630) 2010-11-25 10:18
Welcome back home - I wonder if our paths ever crossed in your time in Argentina.
A great shot - this is a very impressive male - my experience with sealions is on Peninsula Valdez, where there mane is not normally as thick - possibly a weather issue - it is clearly far colder where you were.
I would be tempted to crop this photo top and bottom slightly - the sky is not that interesting (but the background mountains are), and perhaps crop it up a bit at the bottom for a more panoramic effect.
Great work, I am jealous that you have managed to get down to Ushuaia and beyond. Regards and thanks and welcome back, Iain
sacimar (26247) 2010-11-25 10:44
impressive place, I like the image with sea wold and lions, the day was not good for taking pictures but you managed very good,
josepmarin (58359) 2010-11-25 11:57
You caught a natural very interesting scene very adapted for a documentary.
The alpha male and his "harem" they are outlined as a great protagonists in your composition, in which in addition, we can enjoy the beauty of the impressive landscape of Tierra del Fuego, in a very deep image.
A beautiful work.
yeln (11516) 2010-11-25 19:50
zavidam ti prekrasno pokrajino in super motiv. nekoliko je predaleč a upam, da bom tako pokrajino tudi sam kdaj obiskal. zelo dobro narejeno!! tfs!
lep dan, vojko
Graal (102928) 2010-11-26 0:29
niezwykle miejsce i widok. Fantastyczne rzeczy zobaczyles, tutaj dowod. Prawdziwa dzika natura, piekne krajobrazy. Dobra jakosc zdjecia.
danos (98427) 2010-11-26 9:07
very nice the sight of the resting lions on the rocks with the male to sit on the highest part of the rock looking his females.Lovely good reportage shot.Well done.
Have a good weekend,Danos
jafadabret (56501) 2010-11-26 10:26
La photo de ce bout du monde est trčs belle. J'aime cette population qui semble prendre un peu de repos sous la surveillance du mâle.
delpeoples (58278) 2010-11-26 15:43
Hi Mariusz, your title (particularly when I saw the image) made me laugh. Amazing the places that one can find love when one loooks hard enough :) I really like these muted colours, yet they are strongly contrasted andthe textures look amazing. I don't know what aperture you used but the depth of field is wonderful, as is the sharpness especially considering you were on a boat. A brilliant shot, I look forward to seeing the rest of your ho,iday. Cheers, Lisa
rodgerg (55767) 2010-11-27 5:19
A superb travell, very interetsing in a different world. A superb shot too with the these symaptic animals which give life to the seascape. Image well composed too with this FG and the prospect open to the island/mountains in the BG. Deatisl nad beautiful contrast well collected too with a not easy light.
Fis2 (98503) 2010-11-27 5:32
Takie miejsce odwiedzic to jest cos...
vasilpro (41317) 2010-11-27 14:05
Wonderful composition, interesting scene, excellent light management, lovely colors, very nice POV, very good DOF.
Have a nice Sunday, Vasilis.
AKITA (15125) 2010-11-27 18:29
a fine shot of wild sea lion family in splendid nature scene,
their figures are beautiful and distant snowy mountains are wonderful in this one panoramic picture,
very cool air and their warm colors are well contrasted,
thank you for your excellent shot,
raszid62 (18515) 2010-11-27 22:05
Ciekawe , mozna by powiedzieć rodzinne zdjęcie. Ten basza wygląda bardzo imponująco, widać kto jest ojcem rodziny. Piękne obraz - gotowiec do National Geographic. Wspniała jakość.
jhm (153674) 2010-11-28 3:55
This picture is certainly interesting and a attractive
I've read different of books concerning this place a dream for every photographer for take the best picture.
Your background is a wonderful panorama view.
Nice composition lovely presentation. TFS.
Silvio1953 (144288) 2010-11-28 9:13
Ciao Mariusz, how many girls for this guy, beautiful and interesting composition, great view from Tierra del Fuego, splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
ciakgiak (30431) 2010-11-28 12:02
una foto degna delle migliori pubblicazioni naturalistiche, bellissima in questo straordinario soggetto e nella magnificenza del posto.
Unisci sempre grandi paesaggi e tecnica sopraffina. Complimenti.
Un caro abbraccio.
zoomer (6) 2010-11-28 13:24
Seems like a wonderfully undisturbed place.Your composition of foreground and background with the sharpness extenting all the way back is remarkable.Very natural colors.Best regards Wolf.
mesutilgim (95378) 2010-11-28 22:59
Wonderfull capture with very good and usefull notres.
An entry as it should be here at TE; both photographycally and informative perfect.
TFS and best regards
mikolaj_kawa (0) 2010-11-29 2:07
Wspaniala scena, wspanialy ktrajobraz. Piekny portret rodzinny. Swietny tytul. Ciekawa notka informacyjna.
A poza tym, swiatlo, swiatlo i jeszcze raz swiatlo, o kolorach juz nie wspominajac. W ogole Hi Fi.
PS. Do Portugalii jeszcze zazwyczaj albo przed, albo po sezonie, dlatego na tych moich zdjeciach tam malo turystow.
Angshu (56758) 2010-12-01 6:34
Quite an amazing spectacle! It's a terrain which is quite astonishing even to contemplate...with the snow capepd mountains in the BG. The sun position perhaps did not favour too much, but your ND Grad helped you coax the details from the shadows. Good work!
Cafalex (924) 2010-12-06 7:22
Cloudy but light is present. You have wonderfully composed your image with the impresssive surrounding enivironment. Again its full of details andf sharp. I heard that the canon 15-85 was much better suited for heavy pixellised captors. This picture is a good example.
bartekp (4746) 2010-12-07 10:57
Pierwszy i drugi plan znakomity. Scenka jak się patrzy! Podoba mi się wykończenie w postaci gór na horyzoncie.
siolaw (38292) 2010-12-07 21:51
It must have been a fantastic trip...! With wildlife too... Even though it is almost summer there, it does't seem too sunny, but that gives the mood to the picture.
danyy (0) 2010-12-07 23:06
Une scčne sympathique et cocasse Mariusz, dans un des coins les plus désolés du monde. Une photo surprenante par la beauté du décor.
Bien ŕ toi.
Waylim (25502) 2010-12-08 15:34
Great shot, you sure mades it all the way down there. I only had two weeks and there are so much to see. For now I'll enjoy your photo. I only made it down to Punta Arenas where the penguins are. This is a great shot of the landscape as well as the colony of the sea lion, the king and it's pride. Perfect family portrait. Hm... so many wives? Animal kingdom.
nikkitta (17066) 2011-07-07 14:54
I haven't seen this photo, I also went in a boat on the Beagle
Great colors blue almost silver everywhere with the exception of the sea wolves ,how they cried!
Sense of humor with the title
fritzi007 (10819) 2012-12-04 12:59
unglaublich, diese Gegend, das ist für mich Abenteuer pur. Dein Foto ist perfekt, wirklich sehr gut, danke!
ikeharel (72131) 2015-06-23 7:42
What a nice family gathered, and well taken a close-ranged photo, Mariusz.
Wildlife in such close proximity can draw much exalted feel, nature's best appearence.
Well collected scene. Bravo.
- Copyright: Mariusz Kamionka (mkamionka) (37177)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2010-11-12
- Categories: Daily Life, Nature
- Camera: Canon EOS Kiss X4, Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM, Cokin Grad ND8
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: Patagonia 2010
- Date Submitted: 2010-11-24 1:12
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