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Elkhorn Slough Day 3

The last two days we had noticed one mother and child pair of otters that were especially comfortable around us.  For the most part they paid us no attention, except for the occasional visit when the young otter would put its paws on my boat and peak inside. I decided I was going to spend most of my morning with them if they were in their usual area...The otters swam around, diving for food constantly.  They are voracious eating machines. There were times they came up within feet of my kayak allowing me to take many close up images.

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Elkhorn Slough Day 2

No matter how much you plan, you are always at the mercy of Mother Nature. After the first day of kayaking, we decided it would be worth it to go earlier and try to take advantage of early morning light. When I left the hotel in the dark, I didn’t realize how thick the cloud cover was, and it wasn’t just a thin marine layer it was heavy overcast...The downside of that was since the sky was gray, the water appeared gray in all my images and didn’t look too appealing.  Fortunately it is easy to correct that problem in the raw processing. If you don’t know how to do this in Lightroom or ACR than watch the video...

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Like a National Geogrphic Special

It was as if I just paddled into a National Geographic special. Everywhere I looked there was something interesting to watch and photograph.  There were loons, pelicans, herons, egrets, seals and sea otters in every direction...I drove 3 hours from Sacramento to the Monterey area to go kayaking and photographing in the Elkhorn Slough at Moss Landing...

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Bluebirds Day 2

First I am going to share my setup with you. I have my Canon 5DM4 with a Tamron 150-600mm lens mounted on my Really Right Stuff BH_55 ball head. This is mounted on my Vacu-pod, which is attached to the driver window. Attached to the camera is a Canon 600 EX II RT flash with a MagMod MagBeam to extend my flash output and a Quantam Turbo SC battery pack..

Today I took a slightly different approach. I zoomed in a little closer and used a wider aperture to give me less depth of filed, realizing I was not going to get as many flight shots. After my first few shots in the horizontal orientation, trying to get the birds flying into the box, I shifted to a vertical composition and decided just to get them right at the box...

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