Bruce Benson  


Dasterdly Dan by Bruce Benson

November 2020 - Dasterdly Dan

About the Image(s)

Taken at the Childrens Beach Lajolla, California
Canon 1DS Mk II/ Canon 400 2.8/ Canon 1.4 TC
F 5/ 1/320/ ISO 500

I did not have to do much PP on this one, only crop and sharpen


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7 comments posted




Marie Costanza   Marie Costanza
Bruce, A few years ago, I loved seeing the seals in La Jolla. It is so interesting to watch them up close. Your image has such effective depth of field. Every whisker, eyelash and speck of sand is crisp and clear. The background effectively contrasts with his brownish-grey fur. Nicely done!   Posted: 11/12/2020 12:28:41



Isaac Vaisman M.D.   Isaac Vaisman M.D.
Bruce, I like the title. It reminds me of the bull with a harem of at least 10 ladies. BTW I just learned what the title meant. This sea lion looks puzzled looking at you. He is well placed in the frame. It is sharp. The pastel color background improves the image. Perhaps a little more light in the shadows will disclose more detail.   Posted: 11/16/2020 13:29:22



Randy Dykstra   Randy Dykstra
The children's pool has constantly been a conflict of interest. It was originally a wave break to allow kids a safe area to swim. Then the sea lions and seals took over and there was a constant political fight. Those that did not like all the smells and defecation the animals brought and wanted people to use the beach vs the conservation people. Several years people were not allowed to go to the actual sand area of the beach of the children's pool. That had changed just before I moved away from San Diego, so I'm not sure what the policy is now. Since I can see a reflection in the eyes I'm assuming you were on the beach. Nice sharpness and bokeh. BTW that is a harbor seal, not a sea lion. (no visible ear lobes and the speckled fur pattern )   Posted: 11/16/2020 17:30:59
Isaac Vaisman M.D.   Isaac Vaisman M.D.
Thank you Randy for the clarification that this is a harbor seal   Posted: 11/16/2020 19:16:14



Walt Brunner   Walt Brunner
Bruce, I also like the name. Having the seals head off center adds interest. Your pp is well done and the only change I might try would be to lower the brightness of the background bokeh to enhance the seal. Well done.   Posted: 11/18/2020 15:29:45



Bruce Benson   Bruce Benson
Thanks everyone for the comments. I am not the best at spotting the fine points of images so always look forward to hearing your ideas. For Isaac, the DOF for my 400 2.8 lens is very shallow at this distance so will check out the shadows to see if that increases the details... Randy, I have been going to Children's beach for many years in February and have experienced the disputes from the conservationists, beach goers, tourists etc. and have smelled the odor of the seals first hand. I took this image when the beach was open but stayed next to the stairs to avoid disturbing the pupping seals. I actually photographed a seal pup being born there. A few hours later there were people with in inches of the newborn seal and mom even touching it. They were just as bad down the beach a bit going right up the the sea lions in high heels and trying to pet the huge animals. This is also a great location to photograph pelicans and cormorants. Walt, will try to darken the background. Bruce   Posted: 11/18/2020 16:45:52



Adrian Binney   Adrian Binney
A great capture Bruce - the expression will make all viewers smile! I too like your crop and you have a lot of detail. My only belief is that the background should ideally be a tad darker.......this would make the whiskers stand out and be less distracting. Lovely image though.   Posted: 11/21/2020 11:49:17