Goose in the Early Morning Fog
Unlike studio photography, wildlife photography has a slew of variables that you can’t control. The weather changes, your subject decides it doesn’t want to cooperate, everyone is posing on the wrong side of the light, the one and only cloud in the sky decides it should cover the sunlight etc. In this scenario, a layer of fog unexpectedly rolled in muting the light and obscuring the view. Instead of giving up because of the bad light, I decided to take a different approach with it. I never intended on creating an image of a Canada Goose the morning I took this shot, let alone one in the fog, but the end result is one of my favorite images from 2017.
Conservation Status: Least Concern
1/1600 | f/4 | 900mm | ISO-400
Nikon D500 | Nikkor 600mm f/4E | Induro Tripod
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Snow was in the forecast for higher elevations so woke up early this morning and headed for the hills. Started on the Lee Canyon side of Mt Charleston but wasn’t able to find a good composition, so I made my way to the Kyle Canyon side. Pulled into the parking lot for echo trail and I felt it had some potential. Nice view of Cathedral Rock. So I setup and waited for the clouds and light to do something interesting. Its was nice to sit in the back of my car and watch it snow for a while……
Fending off two dive bombing red-tailed hawks, this male Snowy Owl made himself look as large as possible, wings outstretched, puffed up feathers and met his attackers in the air, talons and beak ready. After 10 or so passes, the hawks left, the crows who were the instigators left as well and peace reigned once again... the owl calmed down and went about hunting shortly after. Taken near Trenton Falls, NY. Photographed ethically, never baited or flushed... and at a safe distance from my car with my 600mm lens and 2X teleconverter on a Nikon D850, this is also a big crop from the original photograph.
A few weeks ago I saw a red tailed hawk in a field on my lunch break, I looked at the shots when I got home his tail wasn’t so red, turns out it is a Norther Harrier. I have never seen one before and after a few weeks of searching boy did it come out and put on a show.
“Adventure is a path. Real adventure – self-determined, self-motivated, often risky – forces you to have firsthand encounters with the world. The world the way it is, not the way you imagine it. Your body will collide with the earth and you will bear witness. In this way you will be compelled to grapple with the limitless kindness and bottomless cruelty of humankind – and perhaps realize that you yourself are capable of both. This will change you. Nothing will ever again be black-and-white.” – Mark Jenkins
Acacia Tree - Masai Mara - Kenya