Up Close with California Elephant Seals

Up Close with California Elephant Seals

Photography Workshop

Jan 20 - Jan 25, 2019


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California Elephant Seals, Photography Workshop

Join us as we visit the West Coast of California to witness an awesome collection of sea life, sunsets, and huge gatherings of Monarch butterflies.  There are a handful of Elephant Seal Rookeries on the West Coast of California, we know the best location and the right time for photographers to capture 16 foot, 5000 lb. bulls on the beach establishing their dominance.  Elephant Seals migrate back to the California coast in early to late winter to give birth, mate, and layout on the sandy beaches.  The photo opportunities are endless.  We have also mapped out several locations to capture California sunsets, possible encounters with wild Sea Otters, and a short excursion to see a Monarch Butterfly Grove that has thousands of butterflies congregated for the winter.  In addition; we will see many birds, as our location is a stopover on the Pacific Flyway for birds migrating from Alaska to South America.  Home to over 200 species of birds with one of the largest Heron Rookeries in California, Morro Bay is the site of one of the largest birding festivals which takes place the week before our visit.  Your guides, being California natives, are very familiar with these areas and know where to put you in front of the action. 

Elephant Seal Pups Photograpy Workshop
Elephant Seal Photograpy Workshop

Why Choose This Trip?

Tom and Laura were both born and raised in California and know where and when to get our photographers in the best location to capture these magnificent animals. We also are experts in the area and will get you in front of sea otters, flocks of migrating birds, and much more.  Then relax and let us take over and feed you at some of the best places in Morro Bay each night. A truly zero stress experience. 

Itinerary for Trip:

Dates: Jan 20 - Jan 25, 2019
​Origin: Morro Bay, CA. San Luis Obispo Airport (if flying) Arrive before 3p
​Departure: Morro Bay, CA. San Luis Obispo Airport (if flying) Depart after 1p
​Total Photographers: 6
​Ground Transportation: 10 Person Touring Van
​Hotel Cities: Morro Bay, CA. On the Water
​Photography Subjects: Wildlife, Seascapes, Sunsets, Birds, Landscapes.
Subjects Covered: Wildlife Photography, Animals in Motion, Composition, Landscapes, Sunrise, Sunset, Exposure, Shutter Speeds, Aperture, ISO, Depth of Field, Histogram, Raw vs. JPEG, Camera Settings, Presets, Post Processing, and more.

Daily Events

  • Jan 20: All clients meet at Hotel by 5p.  All travelers will be transported to our hotel from the airport by Tripod Travelers. Meet and greet, orientation, group dinner, and discuss the week.

  • Jan 21: Breakfast 7a, Elephant Seal photography all morning. Lunch at 12p, return for more Elephant Seal photography until 2p. Drive back to hotel, rest and relax. 5p Sunset then Dinner.  

  • Jan 22: Breakfast 7:30a, Monarch butterflies in the am. Return for lunch and photograph sea life in the bay.  Rest then head out a specific sunset location on the coast.  Dinner afterward.

  • Jan 23: Breakfast 8a, several birding locations, sea otters, and seascapes. Lunch 12p. Afternoon free time. Opportunity to review pics, discuss post processing individually. Sunset opportunity, then dinner.

  • Jan 24: Breakfast 8a, back to rookery for an all-day photography session with Elephant Seals.  Lunch at 12p, back to shooting until 5p or sunset.  Capture Seals with a West Coast Sunset backdrop.  Head back to Morro Bay for dinner

  • Jan 25: Breakfast at 730a, checkout by 11a.  We will be available to review pictures, discuss post processing until 11a at the hotel. 

  • If you have any questions, please contact us at info@tripodtravelers.com


Elephant Seal Pups Photograpy Workshop
Sea Otters Photograpy Workshop

California Elephant Seals

Taken by Tom Mace