7 of 9 Sea Otter (Enhydra lutris
), female, marine mammal, with her baby pup (one of several pair in the area together), as seen near Target Rock in the Morro Bay harbor entrance south of Morro Rock in Morro Bay, CA 28 Nov 209. Photo by Michael "Mike" L. Baird, mike [at} mikebaird d o t com, flickr.bairdphotos.com; Canon 1D Mark III, Canon 600mm f/4.0 Lens with Circular Polarizer (it had a significant effect) resting on a large bean bag on a rock at water's edge about three feet above water level. Tech Note:
I needed my better Beamer flash - lacking that, I overexposed one full stop to get the details in the dark fur, at the expense of washing out some detail in the background. This set has a bit of a dull look, less vibrant than normal, due probably to the harsh sunlight. * This was a bit blurry and not tack sharp, but I liked the pose here and it looks ok at the large thumbnail size anyway. Too bad the Mom's eyes were not open more. I took hundreds of shots (filled an 8GB card, shoot RAW of course) trying to get a better one, until I lost all the light at day's end.