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California Dreamin’

Still dreaming about California after spending 3 days on a photography trip last week.  The tour was led by professional photographer Bill R. Shewchuk from Morro Bay, CA.  Thanks Bill for an excellent tour and all of the advice.  There were 7 of us on the tour and we had a blast.  Thanks Beth for the invitation.

One of my goals this year was to get out of the Houston area to photograph something different.  This trip definitely qualified.  We had photo op’s of Sea Otters, Elephant Seals, Whales, horses, piers, fishing boats and landscapes from Big Sur.  The problem now is that I’m hooked and want to go again.

Here are some of my Sea Otter photos.  These were taken in Morro Bay after the fog rolled in on Monday morning before heading to the airport.  The fog made for better lighting than direct sunlight.  The Otters are adorable and very fun to watch.  When resting, they keep their hands/feet out of the water to regulate their temperature while they roll their bodies 360 deg in the water.

I’ll post some more shots later.  Ended up taking about 6300 photos, which is less than I anticipated.  Took 7 – 32 gig memory cards and didn’t use them all.

Taken with Canon 7D and Canon 500mm F4 IS II lens with 1.4x III teleconverter, handheld

1/200 sec @ F10, ISO 400, evaluative metering, +1 exposure compensation, 700mm

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1/200 sec @ F11, ISO 400, evaluative metering, +1 exposure compensation, 700mm

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1/250 sec @ F11, ISO 400, evaluative metering, +1 exposure compensation, 700mm

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10 responses

  1. Doug Haass

    Great stuff Tim. Look forward to you getting time to weed through them all for posting.

    May 5, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    • Thanks Doug. It was a great time. I’ll post more soon.

      May 7, 2013 at 6:09 pm

  2. Bendiksen, Melissa S

    They are so buoyant!!!!
    I wish I was too….i would never get out of the water.

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    Missy Bendiksen, RN
    Horn Elementary, Houston ISD
    713 295 5264; fax 712 295-5286
    mbendiks@houstonisd.org

    May 5, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    • Hey Missy. It was lots of fun to watch them play around and float on their backs. I was amazed at how they could spin around and keep their hands and feet out of the water.

      May 7, 2013 at 6:11 pm

  3. Otters are always so cute, one of my favorite critters. Thanks for posting this!

    May 5, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    • Thanks. My first time seeing sea otters. They were much bigger than the texas variety of river otters.

      May 7, 2013 at 6:11 pm

  4. I love that last shot with his tail in the air. These are fantastic Tim!

    May 11, 2013 at 7:28 pm

    • Thanks Emily. They were very cool to see and watch, even without a camera. However, I’m glad that I took my camera.

      May 14, 2013 at 6:31 pm

  5. They truly are adorable creatures.

    May 14, 2013 at 2:41 am

    • Thanks Lyle. They are very cute but much larger than I thought that they would be.

      May 14, 2013 at 6:31 pm

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