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Pelicans & Sea Lions - San Diego Photo Workshop

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How to  shoot on a cloudy day.  

Although it was a cloudy morning at teh La Jolla cliffs by shooting tight we were still able to get some great iamges of Brown Pelicans in breeding plumage.
Although it was a cloudy morning at teh La Jolla cliffs by shooting tight we were still able to get some great iamges of Brown Pelicans in breeding plumage.

This image was shot and then cropped tight to eliminate the cloudy gray background.  1/800 of a second, f/5.6 at ISO 1600.  Created using the Canon 5D Mark III and a 600 mm lens.  I used the  5D Mark III because there is less digital or luminance noise at 1600 ISO.

Brandt's Cormorant with their white plumes are so cool. For the cormorants having a cloudy day helped get a more detailed shot of their plumage.
Brandt's Cormorant with their white plumes are so cool. For the cormorants having a cloudy day helped get a more detailed shot of their plumage.

The cormorant image was created with the 5D Mark III as well at ISO 800 at 1/400 of a second at f/5.6.  Shooting at 1/400 of a second is a slow shutter speed for a 600 mm lens so I pressed my hand down over the  center of the lens to dampen any vibration.  This is often refered to as long-lens shooting technique.

Female Sea Lion at The Cove. We were able to get a little closer to them this year, the last couple of years there was a safety rope seperating people and sea lions.
Female Sea Lion at The Cove. We were able to get a little closer to them this year, the last couple of years there was a safety rope seperating people and sea lions.

I used the Canon 7D Mark II while shooting the sea lions, at ISO 400, this allowed me to move around them and get a nice background, without any other people in the image.  There were a few people who got a little too close and the sea lions let them know.  It's nice to have a 100 to 400 mm zoom on a APS sensor camera with the extra reach of the conversion factor, so staying back and not pressuring the sea lion was possible.

Sea Lion pup taking a nap with a soft furry pillow.
Sea Lion pup taking a nap with a soft furry pillow.

Again it ws a day to shoot tight, and the soft difused light made for  some fine detail in the images.

Enjoy     Thanks     Tim

Bird Quest 2014

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Brown Pelican, La Jolla, CA

Brown Pelican, La Jolla, CA

A warm day and cool birds! Day 2 of my California trip I went to La Jolla, and Scripps Beach, for the pelican and the shorebirds, that can be found there.

There are also Brandt's and Double Crested Cormorants.

Brandt's Cormorant, La Jolla, Ca

Brandt's Cormorant, La Jolla, Ca

Double-crested Cormorant, La Jolla, CA

Double-crested Cormorant, La Jolla, CA

Just south of the La Jolla Caves, there's some beach access that often holds shorebirds.  I've found Black Turnstone, Spotted Sandpiper, Ruddy Turnstone, Black-bellied Plover and Willet here.  Today there was mostly gulls and a few Black Turnstones.

Black Turnstone, La Jolla, CA

Black Turnstone, La Jolla, CA

I finished the day at Scripps beach, and found the following birds there.

Whimbrel at Scripps Beach, CA

Whimbrel at Scripps Beach, CA

Spotter Sandpiper, La Jolla, CA

Spotter Sandpiper, La Jolla, CA

Say's Phoebe, Scripps Beach, CA

Say's Phoebe, Scripps Beach, CA

Marbled Godwit, Scripps Beach, CA

Marbled Godwit, Scripps Beach, CA

Shorebirds are my favorite group of birds, so whenever I can end the day with a few in golden light I consider it to be a magical ending to a great day.  Tally: at the end of Janauray 6th, I had 10 species photographed for the new year, and to quote Robert Frost, "miles to go before I sleep", but many adventures waiting ahead of me.