Now that I have been back from Monterey for a few days, I have had the opportunity to spend some time looking at my images. I always like to put a few days or a week between the time I photograph and the time I final edit my images. This gives me time to separate the experience from the images. Sometimes I find images that I totally over looked in the early edits that are good, and other times I find images that I thought were good in the early edits, really aren’t so good, now that I have that time separation. Also getting to view the images on a big color calibrated monitor versus the small laptop can help find flaws in images that I did not notice at first.
While I was photographing from my kayak in Elkhorn Slough, I was so fixated on the sea otters; I never even really looked at the images I made of some sea lions. Now looking back over the images I found some I really like.
I like getting to look inside this one’s mouth.
Sea Lion, Elkhorn Slough, CA 1/400 sec; f/9; ISO 1250
I like this profile and seeing just how wide the mouth can open.
Sea Lion, Elkhorn Slough, CA 1/400 sec; f/9; ISO 1600; 552mm
I wish I could sleep standing up!
Sea Lion, Elkhorn Slough, CA 1/400 sec; f/9; Exp comp +.67; ISO 800; 600mm
I also found some otter images I had overlooked.
Sea Otters, Elkhorn Slough, CA 1/320 sec; f/9; ISO 60; 600mm
For the previous two images, taken on a heavy overcast day, I tinted the water in my images, so it wouldn’t be gray. I demonstrated this technique in an earlier blog post that you can see here: http://www.lewiskemper.com/blog/blackbird-singing.
My, what big feet they have! I can see why it was so easy for them to swim.
Sea Otter, Elkhorn Slough, CA 1/640 sec; f/9; ISO 400; 600mm
And I love how curious they are.
Sea Otter, Elkhorn Slough, CA 1/640 sec; f/9; ISO 400; 500mm
And I even found a landscape image I overlooked!
Nasturtium, Elkhorn Slough, CA 1/320 sec; f/9; ISO 800; 273mm
It always pays to go back and review your images with fresh eyes, you never know what you will find!
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