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Image 1: Leopard Seal -- Image Size is 6048 pixels x 4032 pixels


Leopard Seal enjoying a rest on Eastbourne Beach, near Wellington, New Zealand, on Saturday 21 August 2010. Leopard Seals usually inhabit the frigid waters of Antarctic and sub-Antarctic waters, so they are seldom seen as far north as Wellington.

The above image is the original, and it was taken with the full frame 24.6 megapixel Sony A900, using the Sony 70-300 G lens, with a focal length of 300mm, and exposed at 1/250 second, F/13.

NOTE: For a blog, links, and more photographs, click  here.


Image 2 (below): Crop of Image 1 -- Cropped Image Size is 4492 pixels x 2976 pixels. To obtain a full-sized image with this field of view, I would have needed a 403mm lens.




Image 3 (below): Crop of Image 1 -- Cropped Image Size is 2452 pixels x 1552 pixels. To obtain a full-sized image with this field of view, I would have needed a 740 mm lens.




Click  here  to go to an article titled "Advantages and disadvantages of cropping images to gain extra reach".

To obtain the best appreciation of the quality of the images on this site, they should be displayed at a relatively small size, because each image has been reduced in size to a maximum width of only 870 pixels, from the original width of at least 4900 pixels (or 6000 pixels from my full frame cameras). In addition, the images have been saved at a low quality setting.