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So Tired!

So Tired!
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Copyright: Manyee Desandies (manyee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-02-19
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon Powershot S3 IS
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/1600 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2007-02-28 3:45
Viewed: 2995
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Judging by the relatively small size of his nose and body and the smoothness of his skin, this was probably a subadult male. He chose to come on this stretch of sand away from the main rookery because it was a safe place to rest, away from the crowd and the alpha bull. Only a few other elephant seals were there, mainly weaners (weaned pups), and some adults and subadults who have given up on mating possibilities for this season.

See pictures of the Ano Nuevo Colony.
See pictures of the Piedras Blancas Colony.

Northern Elephant Seal
Mirounga angustirostris

The Northern Elephant Seal, Mirounga angustirostris , is an extraordinary marine mammal. It spends eight to ten months a year in the open ocean, diving 1000 to 5000 feet deep for periods of fifteen minutes to two hours, and migrating thousands of miles, twice a year, to its land based rookery for birthing, breeding, molting and rest. The Piedras Blancas rookery, on Highway 1 seven miles north of San Simeon on the California Central Coast, is home to about 15,000 animals.


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To whjb: Thank You : )manyee 1 02-28 10:50
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Oh poor man, really tired!
nice pic, a little funny for me the expression of this seal.

Hi Manyee,
He certainly has a very sad look to him. I agree he does not carry many battle scars yet, but I guess that will change as he gets older and bigger. Well composed and framed shot. You handled the bright sunlight very well. Great colors, detail, and pose here.

Nice shot with good compisition and framing.TFS

Ha Ha Ha.
A candid capture Manyee.Sea tide looks good. But why 1/1600 and f3.5? I have noticed that most of your pic has f3.5. But I had read some where that S2 IS give good results in f4-5.6 range. And most of the time i do use 4.5 for closeup. WHat is your experience regarding this?


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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-02-28 8:11]

Another great elephant seal shot Manyee. I like the way the wave divides the shot. James

Hi Manyee,

Good exposure, I find wet subjects in bright light difficult. Very nice details because of the sharpness of the pic. I played a bit with the composition in the workshop.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-02-28 9:50]

Hi Manyee,
This is a fine capture of a young Elephant Seal, sharp and well composed in good lighting. The note is very informative and I thank you both for that and for sharing this shot.
Best wishes, Ivan

Hi Manyee,

This is a really nice side profile shot of this incredible looking animal. The lighting seemed somewhat difficult to work with but you handled it nicely. I would have to say I like your version better as it shows nice a environment and adds more to the picture to enjoy. :)

I wonder how the alpha bull looks like;-)
TFS Manyee

He does have a rather dejected expression. I like that he is looking at you, and I like the surf foam line leading into the frame. It gives some action and contrast to the image.

TFS... be back in two weeks.

Evelynn : )

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-03-01 17:48]

San Simeon is a great place to visit this time of year! Lucky you to be there and to find this "little" one out on his own and holding still just for you
Great composition, superb details
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Nice shot.


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