Sea Otters: A micro movie of a mother and child

I’ve been enjoying a little vacation in Monterey, and in addition to taking many, many photographs of this beautiful area and its abundant marine life, I have also been keeping on with my wildlife video experiments… Hopefully this doesn’t fall entirely within the realm of home/vacation movies, and if it does, hopefully it’s a little above the usual caliber.

The following micro movie is just a snippet of what I was able to record while kayaking through the kelp beds of Monterey. All movie was shot handheld, as I do not like using tripods or monopods while upon the water. (It’s the whole pendulum effect, that occurs when a boat is rocking on the water.) So you will definitely see some camera movement from time to time, but it is very little compared to earlier attempts before I acquired an LCD viewfinder loupe. World of difference on my ability to both steady the camera and to focus.

I shot the following movie yesterday, which also happens to have been Mother’s Day, and seems to be rather appropriate, as this movie is of a mother and child. So, in honor of mothers of all shapes and sizes, I give you this movie, which I was able to create, thanks to the love and support of my own mother. Thanks mom, I love you.

About Galen Leeds Photography

Nature and wildlife photographer, exploring the world on his feet and from his kayak. Among other genres, he is one of the leading kayak photographers in Northern California. To learn more about him, visit him on his website-
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6 Responses to Sea Otters: A micro movie of a mother and child

  1. I think that it was very well done, and what a cute family!

  2. This is a wonderful clip of mom and baby, and I love the rocking motion which I think really adds to the whole feeling watching it.

  3. Oh, my goodness, how sweet! I echo the last person’s comment about the rocking motion – how appropriate for Mother’s Day. What could be cuter than an otter?

  4. Just shared this with my daughter who also oohed & aahed over it. Really adorable & reminds me of the wonderful times I spent watching the sea otters in Central CA. Thanks for sharing!

  5. This is beautiful footage, and love the feel of sitting in the kayak alongside the photographer! Thanks for posting!

  6. mom says:

    Thanks for such a wonderful mothers day card Galen!
    xoxo mom

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