Monday, February 16, 2009

Elephant Seals

The California coast is outstanding for marine wildlife! Although I've only been here for a few days, it's been a blast photographing elephant seals. These are charismatic animals which are highly entertaining to watch. At this time of year, the bulls basically spend their days loafing on the beach, fighting with rival males and mating with their harem. What a life!

Photo 1: Bull elephant seal charges a rival
EOS 1DsIII; 500mm IS; 1/800s@ f5; ISO 400; Singh-Ray LB warming polarizer (drop in)

Photo 2: Elephant Seal cub
EOS 1DsIII; 500mm IS + 1.4x; 1/80s@ f5.6; ISO 400; Singh-Ray LB warming polarizer (drop in)

Photo 3: Bull elephant seal with wounds from rival battle
EOS 1DsIII; 500/4 IS; 1/8s @ f4; ISO 800; Singh-Ray LB warming polarizer (drop in)

Photo 4: Bull elephant seal rears at dusk
EOS 1DsIII; 70-200mm/2.8 IS 1/60s@ f2.8; ISO 800; Singh-Ray LB colorcombo


  1. wow excellent work! I love the last!

  2. Anonymous11:27 PM

    ...some of the coolest photos I have seen in a long time, Ethan - what fabulous subjects you had this week - GREAT job!

  3. Anonymous8:06 PM

    Love these shots, Eth.


  4. I like these animals because I've read they're so intelligent, so I couldn't understand why they're charismatic, well I also enjoy seeing them fighting with other males.m10m

  5. hello, this post remember me when i was a child, i do not know why....