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Some images from the recent Frans Lanting Spring Workshop.  We had several locals participating and others from as far away as Germany.  Our shooting locations included the UCSC Arboretum, Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, Elkhorn Slough, Point Lobos State Reserve, Garrapata State Beach, and Asilomar State Beach.  We had an especially good morning on Captain Yohn Gideon’s pontoon boat in Moss Landing.  The weather and light were perfect and Yohn maneuvered us into great position for photographing the abundance of birds, otters, sea lions, harbor seals, etc. Plans are already in the works for a fall workshop in late October.  

 

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We had great conditions and a full workshop for our annual trip to San Simeon. The elephant seal colony was very active and provided wonderful opportunities to photograph males battling for dominance, mating, birthing, and an unusually high tide which stirred up the colony as large waves surged onto the beach. I’ve been assisting my good friend Jason Bradley for the last couple of years with his ever expanding workshops so if you have any interest in participating… http://www.bradleyphotographic.com/workshops.html
There’s some new trips in the works to the Mt. Shasta/Sacramento River area for Fall 2012, and Joshua Tree National Park for spring of 2013.

North Rookery, Piedras Blancas ~ San Simeon, CA
Tech: Canon 5DMKll, 24 - 70L 2.8, tripod
Exposure: 13 sec. @ f/11, iso 100
Notes: I used a 2 stop GND filter to balance sky and foreground exposure

Surging Wave ~ Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, CA
Tech: Canon 5DMKll, 400mm 2.8, tripod
Exposure: 1/500 sec @ f/18, iso 640

Young Male Coming Ashore ~ Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, CA
Tech: Canon 5DMKll, 400mm 2.8, tripod
Exposure: 0.4 sec. @ f/20, iso 50

Battle Brewing ~ Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, CA
Tech: Canon 5DMKll, 400mm 2.8, tripod
Exposure: 1/800 sec. @ f 11, iso 400

Elephant Seal Workshop 2012

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A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of assisting my good friend Jason Bradley with his annual elephant seal workshop.  Our trip was timed to coincide with the peak of activity at the rookery near San Simeon.  It’s truly one of North America’s most spectacular wildlife experiences.   On a typical day you can expect to see several thousand seals on the beach, vicious territorial battles between males, mating, nursing pups, and possibly a handful of births.  This year we had the rare opportunity to witness a small sea lion sneak into the rookery and feed off a nursing mother alongside her pup.  The mom did notice something was a bit off, but allowed the sea lion to nurse for a few minutes before chasing it off.  For more info about these amazing marine mammals and the rookery… http://www.elephantseal.org/

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