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Billy the Seal in Victoria Park Cardiff
Billy was accidentally fished out of the Irish Sea, and donated to our local Park’s small zoo in 1912, Billy the Seal quickly became the children’s favourite. When Billy died in 1939 the body was taken to the National Museum Wales where an autopsy discovered that Billy was in fact female.
File information
Filename:Billy_the_seal.jpg
Album name:SteveT / SteveT album
Keywords:Seal, Victoria Park Cardiff
Camera:Canon 70d
Lens:Sigma APO 50-150 f/2.8 EX
Aperture:4.5
Shutter Speed:1/250
Author's Comments:Manually focused at the back of the DOF to give max blur
Editing Performed:RAW, levels, colour enhancement and sharpen in Darktable and re-size in Gimp
ISO:100
File Size:966 KB
Date added:Feb 07, 2014
Dimensions:2000 x 1336 pixels
Displayed:28 times
URL:http://www.thestudio-online.co.uk/gallery/displayimage.php?pos=-15535
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Helen  [Feb 07, 2014 at 08:49 PM]
A good shot of the statue of BIlly, & is pride & joy in the parks where she lived. There is a little song on you tube about Billy. I thought I had copied & pasted the link to it but it hasn't worked, so I shall find it again & post.
Helen  [Feb 08, 2014 at 08:15 AM]
The link was www.youtube.com/watch.v=PjcGhZceQA0 by the Hennessys. I hope I got it down right.
SteveT  [Feb 08, 2014 at 09:22 AM]
Thanks Helen but the link is brocken
Silversnapper  [Feb 08, 2014 at 11:29 AM]
A cracking shot Steve, almost looks real! Hmm, I wonder if you can clone out those distracting twigs near his back? Well spotted and captured. I'm not sure why Helen's link isn't working but here is one that is: LINK
SteveT  [Feb 08, 2014 at 12:45 PM]
Version 2 with cloned out branches as suggested by Keith, thanks for your positive criticism
Silversnapper  [Feb 08, 2014 at 02:11 PM]
You're gonna hate me Steve but now you have done such an excellent job on the cloning, those pesky highlighted twiglets hanging from the top catch the eye and they could do with a rub over with the burn tool just to tone them down a touch (same with the bright patch of tree) to leave the seal in splendid isolation! The more I look at this the more I like it, he really does look quite real. P.S. I've loaded Gimp on to my spare Window machine and I'm quite enjoying messing about with it!
JOHN  [Feb 08, 2014 at 02:19 PM]
Sounds like Billy was quite a character, nice capture here with lots of good detail coming out wit the new large size image available to us.
SteveT  [Feb 08, 2014 at 03:26 PM]
Thanks Keith will take that on board this is now V3 , This is part of my spring project to build a portfolio of all the statues in Cardiff, now that I am retired I have the time to concentrate on my photography
As to Gimp I thing its very good and will be improved later this year (I think) when it becomes 16bit
alanuk  [Feb 09, 2014 at 09:06 AM]
At first glance on the small image I thought this was a live seal - until I saw the writing. I missed the earlier edits but this looks fine to me. Good luck with your project. If I tried it in Southampton, I think I could finish it in a morning With regard Gimp; do you mean a 64 bit later this year?