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Northern Elephant Seals Fighting, Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, CA 02feb2008

Northern Elephant Seals Fighting, Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, CA

Submitted 28 June 2012


NOTE LICENSE CHANGE: 26 Nov 2009 now ALL RIGHTS RESERVED, for Getty stock use.

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Two male Northern Elephant Seals battling over breeding territory, as seen from the sanctioned pedestrian overlook viewing area (just south of the Piedras Blancas Lighthouse) Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, CA (35 miles north of Morro Bay, CA) 02feb2008 - photo by Michael "Mike" L. Baird Canon 1D Mark III w/ 600mm f/4 IS lens on tripod. Not cropped or Photoshopped - as shot, converted from RAW in ACR view original 3888x2592


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26 Sept 2009 This Elephant Seal image is the cover photo of fotopedia and is also in the Fotopedia article Elephant Seal together with some other of my related elephant seal images.


Lesson: Multiple lessons are illustrated here: Get close. Early light wins. Capture interesting behavior and action. Get the eyes in focus. Capture a catchlight in the eyes. Blur the background to make the subject pop using a wide aperture and long focal length lens.


11 August 2011 educational use approved.

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