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This good boy took a few minutes to recalibrate after many failed attempts to catch a field vole for dinner. He would run around the meadow for a while, then ju...
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This good boy took a few minutes to recalibrate after many failed attempts to catch a field vole for dinner. He would run around the meadow for a while, then jump back on the log and rest. This routine took place about four times, until he finally curled up and went to sleep on top of the log. I thought this was a little out of character because from what I’ve seen in the past, coyotes don’t like to be fully exposed in a spot where anyone, or any animal, could come disturb them. Regardless, their uniqueness is the reason I love photographing these Yosemite locals so much.
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26 Comments |
Adrielpic Platinum
 
Adrielpic August 01, 2022
I love this picture!!!!!
ewakadewska
 
ewakadewska August 01, 2022
Atmosferik, fanatic shot
gracefulscenery
 
gracefulscenery August 04, 2022
awesome gallery!!!
FrankAlvarezPhotography
 
FrankAlvarezPhotography August 09, 2022
The lighting is incredible!
DAsEye Platinum
 
DAsEye August 09, 2022
What a great shot
Brenturner PRO
 
Brenturner August 28, 2022
Beautiful shot
RockiH
 
RockiH September 04, 2022
Wow how did you get him to pose for you? ????
GerCooper Platinum
 
GerCooper September 12, 2022
Gorgeous capture! Congratulations!
Mrwhitechapel
 
Mrwhitechapel September 12, 2022
incredible pictures!
jonasmeyering Ultimate
 
jonasmeyering September 12, 2022
amazing pictures and gallery!
deekaycee Ultimate
 
deekaycee September 12, 2022
Beautiful! Cheers to receiving photo contest runner-up honors!
Littlelegs
 
Littlelegs September 12, 2022
Beautiful
stevecbodiford Platinum
 
stevecbodiford September 12, 2022
Well done and no easy task with the wily coyote. Were there any morsels offered on that dead tree to bring him for that 1000 stare?
grahamgarland Platinum
 
grahamgarland September 14, 2022
Wow!!!
diannechapman_5606 Ultimate
 
diannechapman_5606 November 01, 2022
beautiful
davidtrotter_4325
 
davidtrotter_4325 January 06, 2023
great timing
clarkjowers
 
clarkjowers January 24, 2023
fantastic picture
raninaidoo
 
raninaidoo January 27, 2023
Outstanding
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GerCooper January 30, 2023
Congratulations on your well deserved win!
CPKphoto
 
CPKphoto April 26, 2023
What a fabulous photo!!
AndreMAC
 
AndreMAC June 20, 2023
wonderfully 🎁
Ms_Ferret_art
 
Ms_Ferret_art August 21, 2023
Wonderful! ????
karmassecret
 
karmassecret Jan 12
I think that's AI generated lol
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perryandbecky Jan 17
Serene
melindaforsythemeyers PRO+
 
Captured beautifully.
Pala
 
Pala Mar 08
Absolutely divine love
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Behind The Lens

Location

I took this photo when I lived in California at my previous "home park" in Yosemite National Park. I have since moved to Bozeman, MT, so these days, Yellowstone NP is the source of my current adventures.

Time

I was lucky enough to come across this beautiful 'yote just before my favorite time of day... golden hour! Because I knew the diffused golden haze would begin flooding the valley in less than an hour, I knew I had to wait and remain out of sight in order to get the most impactful image.

Lighting

When it comes to wildlife photography (iust like any genre in this industry), light can be your biggest asset as well as your biggest obstacle. In nature, we are at the mercy of the sun, so it's important to use it to your advantage. This means shooting in the hours surrounding sunrise and sunset as well as being able to pivot with the changing light during midday shoots.

Equipment

This was shot handheld with the Sony a7R III + Sony 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6.

Inspiration

While I love taking photos of a variety of different species, I have always been particularly inspired to capture dramatic images of animals that are often seen as insignificant and create something unexpectedly impactful to the viewer. The majority of people can look at an image of a grizzly and have some sort of charged response. However, having grown up in a place where coyotes are shot on site, I go into photographing similarly-viewed animals with a goal of changing someone's outlook by creating an emotional connection between the viewer and the subject.

Editing

I processed this photo in Adobe Lightroom. I will never take in or put out something that wasn't in the original image, but I will often exaggerate the components of the composition that make it unique. I find that most images straight from the camera lack the emotion that I felt in the moment. So, I photograph wildlife with the idea that the image itself captures the moment, while the processing has the opportunity to capture the feeling.

In my camera bag

Nowadays, my primary set up is the Sony a1 + Sony 400mm f/2.8. My secondary kit is the Sony a7R IV + Sigma Art 135mm f/1.8. I also carry the Sony 16-35mm f2.8, Sony 24-70mm f.2.8, Sony 85mm f1.8, Sony 100-400mm f4.5-5.6, and the Sigma Art 50mm f1.4 I also carry with me two 35mm film cameras, one of which loaded with Kodak 400 ISO B&W and the other with Portra 800 ISO Color film. If I'm not on assignment, I usually go into the field with a full bag of gear, then will choose what I want to shoot with based on the conditions as well as what I am inspired by that day.

Feedback

Be patient for good light, don't cut corners, and most importantly, create images that inspire you rather than what you think other people want. You will quickly lose your love for photography if you are creating for anyone but yourself.

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