Archive for the ‘Marine Life’ Category

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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For the past 5 years I’ve had the distinct pleasure of working as an instructor for Frans Lanting Workshops which are held each spring here on the Central California Coast.  I can think of no better place or season for a nature photographer to spend 4 intense days of immersion in his/her craft.  We had a group of 14 talented photographers this year and they created some amazing images during our numerous field sessions.  My priority in the field is taking care of participants needs and making sure they’re expanding their own photographic horizons, but every once in a while I’ve got to pull my camera out too.  What’s a guy to do?

Anyone not already familiar with Frans Lanting’s work should take the time to peruse his site and image collection.  He’s truly one of a kind in the world of nature and wildlife photography, and is a gifted teacher.  http://www.lanting.com/frans-lanting-nature-photographer.php

Limpet Shell and Rock Mosaic, Weston Beach ~ Point Lobos State Reserve, CA

Pincushion Protea (Leucospermum) ~ UCSC Arboretum, Santa Cruz, CA

Frans Lanting Lecturing in the Studio

Jason Bradley Giving a Talk on RAW Workflow

Frans Lanting Spring Workshop 2012

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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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Aggregating Anemone ~ Fitzgerald Marine Reserve, Moss Beach, CA
Tech: Canon 5DMKII, 100 macro, tripod
Exposure: 1/2 sec @ f22, iso 500
Notes: Polarizer and bounce light from reflector.

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With negative tides happening late in the day, the weekend was spent tidepooling at Natural Bridges in Santa Cruz, and Fitzgerald Marine Reserve just North of Half Moon Bay. Tidepool photography can be especially challenging since most of the interesting activity is happening a couple of feet underwater in dark little pools. Not the best lighting conditions by any stretch.  My goal setting out was to capture tidepool life as part of the surrounding landscape with nice sunset light in the sky. Not too much to ask for I’d say. In 2 days of poking around I found only one pool that set up the way I envisioned. I was able to include the Monterey Peninsula at the south end of the Bay along the horizon line as an added bonus.

Tech: Canon 5DMKII, 17 - 40mm, tripod

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