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Portrait of a seal cub by AlesGola Portrait of a seal cub by AlesGola
Portrait of a seal cub taken at rather windy stay at Helgoland, Germany.
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Given 2014-06-03
Suggester said; "Their gallery is really quite stunning, especially considering the amount of time it would take to capture just one of those images!"

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Portrait of a seal cub by AlesGola ( Suggested by AgonizingSwordfish and Featured by Anoya )
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This is a really eye-catching photo. The animal looks almost happy, and it's nice to add some personality to photo, especially when it comes to animals. The focus is really well done. I love how I can even see the detail of the whiskers and the detail in the snow underneath of it. I can't imagine how much effort it took to create such a shot... all I can think about is either the seal was very still or you just grabbed it at the perfect time, either way it's impressive. I think the shot is very cute and you did an amazing job.
The cropping of the photo is my issue with it. I feel as if it should have been cropped so that it was a little closer to the bottom of the photo. I don't have a problem with the white space, really, because I think it actually helps with the impact as it doesn't feel like the traditional animal photo.
Also, the subject of the photo is also unique as you don't see many photos of seals on here. Overall, great job! I love the shot.
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:iconalesgola:
AlesGola Featured By Owner Edited Jul 11, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you all for your comments and congratulations. DD was a very pleasant surprise for me, one can never know which photo will in the end catch the eye.
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Anoya Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014   Photographer
I've featured your deviation in this arcticle: APN Daily Deviations - June 2014! :heart:
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SaraPereiraArt Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Stunning!
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Vegan-Sadness Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
j'ai pleuré en regardant cette photo( ouuuuh la sensible ^^' ) en faite j'ai immédiatement pensé au nombre catastrophique de phoques qui meurent sous les coups de pied de biche ou autre pour leur fourrure... L'homme est tellement horrible!
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PaulineMoss Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the way you have left the glaring white space, which gives me a sense of starkness. :love:  Congratulations on your well-earned DD - this is an amazing capture! :clap:
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danmarcreations Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Professional General Artist
Great Shot!!!
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blanket86 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
This is so amazing! Great style. I really love this composition! Congratulations! :-)
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AnimalArtKingdom Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww! This is so adorable
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chibi-demon-angel694 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice pic! :)
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TheGalleryOfEve Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congratulations on your well-deserved DD!!! :iconflyingheartsplz::iconlainloveplz::iconflyingheartsplz: :clap::clap::clap:
I’m very happy for you!!! :iconloveloveplz: :tighthug:
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SpiderTrekfan616 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Such a cute seal, I wish I could give it a big hug.
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HonestArtii Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Student General Artist
:D (Big Grin) 
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MelissaBrokenhearted Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014
A really beautiful picture! Congratulations on the DD, you deserved it! :)
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aohoshi2008 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014
such a lovely animal, seals deserve to live
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Nexu4 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
congrats to the well deserved DD :clap:
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Fractaldragon Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
What a wonderful, simple portrait! And I mean "simple" in a very good way: you see the seal's face and the lovely expression, almost as if he knows something special. :) Nothing else is needed. Congrats on the DD!
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AlesGola Featured By Owner Edited Jul 11, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I like "simple", especially with portraits. And yes, he knows something special - now he knew how to survive, the photo was taken a day after december orkan on Helgoland, which sadly killed many other young seal cubs on the island Düne.
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annewipf Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014
:love:
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WorldWar-Tori Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014   General Artist
congrats on the DD!
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NPC-Jes Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014
Lovely shot :heart:
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NeverMore-X Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Student General Artist
adorable :la:
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Deoradhain Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014
With the look on that seal's face, I'd suspect he'd spent the previous night out clubbin'
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Music---Junky Featured By Owner May 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Adorable! <3
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OniBee Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014
Beautiful! :')
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vidhyaa Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014
very nice
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WorldWar-Tori Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014   General Artist
Awesome photo; I really like the white background and how well the little seal still stands out, it's quite lovely, the amount of smaller details you captured in him is wonderful and the way the colors stand out is also great.
I don't really have enough to write a critique, but if I were to suggest anything it'd just be to maybe have tried a square crop. There's a lot of empty space and the shadow in the right corner.
Other than that though it's pretty amazing and absolutely beautiful :heart: awesome photo!
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AlesGola Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks. I completely missed the shadow in the right corner, mea culpa :).
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WorldWar-Tori Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014   General Artist
:heart:
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IndigoSummerr Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Adorable :love:
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mecengineer Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014
so nice
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orinoor Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014
This is wonderful, love the high key and details!
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KcBarron2000 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014
This is adorable!
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Hawaiflower Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow!:o (Eek) Clap 
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