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A hungry coyote approaches with dubious intent.

A hungry coyote approaches with dubious intent.
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Behind The Lens

I took this photo in Yellowstone National park near the Junction area of the park outside the Lamar valley.
It was our last full day in the park and we got up early (5am) to get in as much as we could. We spent the first few hours looking for river otters and battling the cold temps (-22F before windchill). We soon headed further into the park towards a carcass near Junction. It was around 8am when we arrived and noticed this fine fellow and his pack mate at the carcass site.
It was a clear blue morning with bright winter sun that had me concerned about the harsh impact it might have on the images. Luckily the coyote dropped into the bison trails in the snow to provide some variation on the light.
I shot this with a Nikon D500, Nikon 600mm f/4 on a tripod with Wemberly mount.
I went to Yellowstone in February to experience the predators of the park in the wonderful mantle of snow. When ! originally saw the pair of coyotes on the carcass, I stopped and set up hoping for an interesting shot. Like I typically do, I got lost in the moment and hung out a bit longer than originally intended. However, patience pays off as the alpha coyote chased this guy off the carcass. The chastised coyote then noticed us and curiosity piqued decided to approach for a closer look. Once he started in our direction, I knew I wanted to catch a photo of his eyes locked on the camera showcasing the intimidating glare of a wild predator.
It did very little post processing on this image. Aside from a slight crop, I made some adjustments for exposure/hot spots. I performed all of these adjustments in Adobe Lightroom.
In my camera bag
My normal kit when in the park was the Nikon D500 with 600 f/4 attached, a Nikon D750 with a 70-200 f2.8 attached, a Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8, 1.4x TC, 2x TC, spare batteries, spare memory cards, and full tripod. It makes for a heavy pack but worth it!
Overall, know the animals you are trying to photograph as it will make it much easier to find and capture their activities. Patience to wait for the right moment. Prep for your surroundings! Whether its the frigid cold of Yellowstone in February or the snakes and biting bugs of the river bank in summer, it pays to be well equipped in case something goes wrong when you are far away from assistance.

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