First, a very special thanks to my wife Sue for providing the excellent narration. Who needs Sigourney Weaver when you're married to a marine biologist! Her hands on experience from working with these animals brought a unique perspective to this project. Her scientific knowledge helped me to piece together the narrative, and form the story. We have some future collaborative efforts in the early stages of planning, and I'm sure you'll be hearing more from her in the future.
For the past 6 months I've had the opportunity to photograph seals in a wide variety of situations. During that time I witnessed some incredible moments. There is one in particular that really stands out. It was the feeling of joy I got as I drove home from a "Seal Release". After months of rehabilitation, this beautiful animal was released from his cage, and made a frantic sprawl for the ocean. In a matter of seconds, he splashed back into the ocean, healthy and free.
I also have a new found respect for the staff and volunteers at the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation. On those brutally cold winter days, I thought I was freezing, but these dedicated people actually wade INTO the water to help animals in need. They work hard to make our planet a better place, and I thank them for their tireless efforts. If you are interested in getting involved, check out their website.
For the gear heads, here are the technical details:
All still images were shot with Canon 40D's. I used a wide variety of lenses from 17-40, to 70-200, and a 400mm. Gitzo tripods, and a Canon 580EXII flash. The sounds of the ocean were recorded witha Zoom H2 field recorder. This was also used to record the narrative which was edited in Garageband. The soundtrack was then edited in Garageband and imported into Soundslides. All images were sorted with Lightroom 2, and edited with Photoshop CS4.