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An Algonquin Moment



"An Algonquin Moment" | Moose | Algonquin Park | Ontario | Canada

I'm often after the full light, zoomed in the animal shot with lot...
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"An Algonquin Moment" | Moose | Algonquin Park | Ontario | Canada

I'm often after the full light, zoomed in the animal shot with lots of detail. But when you have an opportunity to capture a shot of them in their natural environment during the golden hour, it's not hard to change your objective.

Canon 1DX, EF600mm F4 IS, ISO 800, 1-1600 Sec @ F8, Manual Exposure
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WilmaWolf March 29, 2017
Breathtakingly beautiful. :)

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Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken in the backcountry of Algonquin Park in Ontario, Canada. Hailstorm Creek runs off Opeongo Lake and is a hotspot for moose. This trip I encountered 16 moose including 5 first year calves.
Time
It was an early morning paddle that started just before 6 am with this image being captured 10 minutes before 7.
Lighting
Backlighting can be so amazing particularly with large mammals like moose. The silhouette against the muted tree colour really helps show the scale of this animal. Throw in a bit of morning fog and it makes the early start well worth while!
Equipment
This was shot from canoe balancing a tripod with a Canon 1D X fitted with a 600 F4. The water was pretty calm but setting the shutter speed at 1/1600 second was enough to remove any concerns related to boat movement and vibration. F8 allowed enough light at the selected shutter speed but also helped provide enough bokeh to blur just enough of the distractions out. ISO was set at 800 so digital noise was no concern.
Inspiration
This trip was a quest for find moose. Finding a moose standing backlit, in the fog in such a beautiful surrounding is a rare combination. No additional inspiration needed; Just point and click!
Editing
Basic adjustments were made in Lightroom (exposure and saturation) before exporting to Photoshop. Once in Photoshop, NIK Color Efex Pro 4 filters were used to find the right detail extraction and a light application of colour filtering.
In my camera bag
I'm a gear junky and always carry too much stuff. For camera bodies, I will normally have my 7D MKII where I need a bit of sensor crop factor to bring the subject a little closer. Most often, I will have both ID X bodies (MK I & MK II) with me also. The loss of crop factor of the full-frame bodies is often outweighed by the added dynamic range and ability to shoot at higher ISO levels without the worry of excessive and unmanageable digital noise. For lenses, my camera backpack is loaded with all Canon lenses to the point that zipping up the pack is an issue; 17mm wide angle tilt shift lens, 24-70mm IS II f2.8, 100-400 IS II f4.5-5.6, 300mm f2.8 and the 600mm IS F4 that this photo was shot with. I also never leave home with both the 1.4 and 2x III extenders. Rarely do I travel without finding a way to fit in a Wimberley Head II Gimbal Tripod Head and my Gitzo Carbon Fibre Tripod.
Feedback
As they say in real estate... Location. Location. Location. Do your research and find where the hotspots are and most importantly, get there! You can drive the roads in search of animals roadside but the likelihood of finding the animal in the right light with an amazing backdrop is a pretty hard combination when you are shooting across a ditch. When it comes to wildlife, investing in good gear is in my opinion worth the investment. When starting out in photography, spend less on a less fancy camera body and focus your budget on quality glass. Guaranteed you will keep a quality lens for years but in the same amount of time, you will have probably replaced your camera body at least once or twice.

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