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Timing is Everything

Timing is Everything
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Copyright: Evelynn Smith (Evelynn) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2025 W: 740 N: 3285] (14454)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-06-30
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 30D, Sigma 80-400 OS
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-08-14 16:26
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Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 34
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The day following my husband's astute sighting of the grizzly last post we set off on a cross country hike. After a while, my husband said with great aplomb, "You had better let me go first as I am better at spotting animals than you." Ah, timing is everything. I looked up and said "Do you mean like that moose over there?" ha ha ha. Just a little friendly competition. It was so funny! Fortunately it was spring and the moose are fairly docile. I have sharper images of him but I liked the stance on this one. Actually he wasn't this much in the open when I spotted him. It was still early in spring so full rack was not developed yet.

I'm not even going to post the camera settings. The shutter speed is too embarrassingly slow for that lens. My focal length was 280mm. That accounts in part for my other shots being sharper but of course I prefer the pose on the one that I shot quickly before I had a chance to think. It still takes me a while...quite a while...to think out these shots with the new camera.
Elk, moose, mule deer, bison and pronghorn, are commonly found in the park. Black bears roam the forests and canyons, while grizzlies range throughout more remote portions of the park. More than 300 species of birds can be observed, including bald eagles, peregrine falcons and trumpeter swans.


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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-08-14 16:42]

Nice story. When I went to Canada I was lucky enough to see a moose but mine was a sorry looking thing as his rack had been knocked over his eyes. Yours looks like a nice healthy animal and the light here is lovely.

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  • Scott Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 227 W: 0 N: 356] (1752)
  • [2006-08-14 17:55]
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Nice ... Bull in velvet .. Have you tried RAW images with the 30D? It takes more PP, but the images are wonderful.


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  • takos1 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 261 W: 25 N: 208] (2607)
  • [2006-08-14 18:01]

Bella cattura Evelynn!
Bello il contrasto con il verde dell'erba ottima composizione, brava!


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  • mbasil Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 148 N: 745] (3320)
  • [2006-08-14 21:49]

I love moose. And this is a great capture. A very little bit obscured by the tree but just enough to reveals the critter's personality! Perfect!

Hi Evelyn
Wonderful moose image and even better story. I love the "TIMING" on this one. Very nice.

Very good capture and beautiful photo. Nice tones of colours
Best regards

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2006-08-15 4:56]

Hi Evelynn,

There is a lot of atmosphere in this photo. Also the light is super in this capture.


Hi Evelynn,
I agree timing is everything. I can only say, you were lucky you had this lens attached to your camera and not your 10-20mm. You are making me curious about the shutter speed and the mode you were in when you made this photo.

The pose is priceless, especially to see him still a bit camouflaged by the tree. It makes it more of a wildlife photo then the clean blurry BG photos. The exposure on the bull is perfect, with still a pretty good sharpness.

Getting back to the cloning talk. On this photo I would have cloned out the little grey stick at the bottom. But besides that, a super cool shot and I whish I would have made it myself.

Hi Evelynn,
What a funny story and a great catch, wow! I like this title too :) You captured this superb animal very well! They are great details, composition, POV and DOF! I envy you to have seen this beautiful specimen like this in the wild! TFS,

Hello Evelynn, another excllent photo you have produced, Excllent colors, Bg, POV DOf perfect details, very crisp, Nice work, TFS Kyle

Hi Evelynn,
a very nice shot on this still growing moose. Full velvet on the rack!
Look like he was just curous here. A nice pose, and I like the overall scene alot.

Hello Evelyn,
Very good picture of that moose, colors are good. I think that the contrast are a bit high but this is just a small detail. Good POV. TFS.

Looks like he was on his way to growing s very large rack. I'm glad to see you had a good trip to the Tetons. You have done well considering the hard lighting in this photo.

Great capture Evelynn, I like the light in this shot. The highlights and shadows on his coat make this visually interesting. The pose and look is great also. I would love a new DSLR with bigger LCD and also just having a second body. The 30D is tempting but I am holding out for maybe the next step in Canon's line. Anyhow, very well done.

Hi Evelynn, what a great picture, nice moment and composition, you were lucky to take the shot exactly when he was looking at you.

hello Evelynn

nice photo+ warm colours and beautiful shadows and lights

the point of view is perfect, the animals looks at you



Great shot. I always have a problem catching the right expression on animals such as this. Very nice colors and great clearity. TFS!

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