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Elephant Seals at Piedras Blancas, California by ahochstaedter

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ahochstaedter ahochstaedter
Explore score
0.63 Gigapixels
Date added
Jan 15, 2012
Date taken
Jan 07, 2012

Elephant seals haul out to molt, breed, give birth, and rest at a few specific rookeries along the California coast. Piedras Blancas, at the southern end of the Big Sur coast, is one of the most accessible for people. It may be attractive to the elephant seals because it has wide sandy beaches and protected shallow areas just off shore for the pups to learn to swim. This view looks towards the south over the herd. The image was captured in January, when the females have come ashore to give birth. Good information about elephant seals and this rookery in particular is available at www.elephantseal.org/index.htm Will open in a new tab or window the image was taken in the later afternoon when lighting was not ideal for photography with the sun low in the sky to the west. As a result, the image has more contrast than I would like.

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GigaPan Stitch version 1.0.0805 (Windows)
Panorama size: 630 megapixels (37376 x 16872 pixels)
Input images: 104 (13 columns by 8 rows)
Field of view: 65.1 degrees wide by 29.4 degrees high (top=9.7, bottom=-19.7)
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Original image properties:
Camera make: PENTAX
Camera model: PENTAX K-r
Image size: 4288x2848 (12.2 megapixels)
Capture time: 2012-01-07 16:18:29 - 2012-01-07 16:25:54
Aperture: f/10
Exposure time: 0.002
ISO: 400
Focal length (35mm equiv.): 285.0 mm
White balance: Fixed
Exposure mode: Manual
Horizontal overlap: 35.8 to 39.8 percent
Vertical overlap: 29.0 to 32.2 percent
Computer stats: 8098.69 MB RAM, 8 CPUs
Total time 14:58 (8.6 seconds per picture)
Alignment: 3:18, Projection: 2:17, Blending: 9:22
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