Honorable Mention Coldwater Ocean Art 2019 Celia Kujala

Honorable Mention Coldwater

Celia Kujala

"Welcoming Committee"


The Story: South American sea lions are very curious and I never experienced a dull moment during my time diving with them in the Punta Loma Reserve in Argentina. However, there was one instance that was extremely special. I was photographing one young sea lion who had a small scratch between her eyes when all of a sudden about a dozen more sea lions appeared all also curious and eager to welcome me to their domain.  At this point I was way too close and backed up as quickly as I could while readjusting my camera from the portrait shots I had been taking before the welcoming committee arrived. All of them followed me, but I was able to create enough distance to capture this beautiful once in a lifetime experience that I will never forget.

Location:  Punta Loma Reserve - Chubut Province, Argentina

Equipment Used:  Nikon D500 Camera, Tokina 10-17mm Fisheye Lens, Nauticam NA-D500 Housing, Dual Sea & Sea YS-D2J Strobes

Camera Settings: 1/160 sec, F14, ISO 400


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