Bill Provost  

On The Hunt by Bill Provost

January 2020 - On The Hunt

About the Image(s)

This photo was taken in Yellowstone National Park. We were photographing wildlife on a three day trip. We spotted this coyote hunting moles under the snow. He would listen for one in the ground, would jump in the air and pounce down to get his dinner. The image was taken with a Nikon D 800, Tamron 150 “ 600 telephoto lens hand held. Lens settings, 1/800 sec F/14, 600 mm, at ISO 400. He was some distance away so it was impossible to get an image that could be cropped any closer than this without blurring out the image. This was a real learning experience with all the wildlife and photography challenges.

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6 comments posted

Xiao Cai   Xiao Cai
So beautiful! I like it.

Probably I would like to take the top big black crack line off or crop it off. It is a little distraction.   Posted: 01/05/2020 17:24:08

Bill Provost   Bill Provost
(Group 25)
Thank you for your comment. Because of the sever cropping any additional cropping would cause the image to degrade so the animal would not be in focus at all. Thanks for the thought.   Posted: 01/06/2020 10:47:52

Arun Bagga   Arun Bagga
I think it is good action shot captured at the right moment. I have seen this various time on nature TV and feel it must be quite a thrilling experience to physically witness and photograph. Shot with a 600 mm lens hand held you still has reasonably good details in the image.
I too feel the top part of the image, though providing the environmental background is a bit of distraction. In my personal view a little further cropping and adjusting sharpness of the fox may put more emphasis on the drama so nicely captured.   Posted: 01/06/2020 13:38:29

Arun Bagga   Arun Bagga
Bill, Somehow I missed to attach the visual feed back. Here it is.   Posted: 01/07/2020 08:05:26
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Darcy Johnson   Darcy Johnson
How can you go wrong with a beautiful landscape like Yellowstone and capturing the wildlife there in action? I understand your being hesitant to crop the photo further, but if you could, I would have also taken a bit off the bottom snowfield to direct the focus on the wildlife as much as possible while still giving a feel for the environment. What a fun shot!   Posted: 01/08/2020 16:01:46

Syed Shakhawat Kamal   Syed Shakhawat Kamal
Hi Bill, Nice image but two things definitely could give it a different look. First the cropping the negative space in the bottom to make the subject more closer and clear. Secondly there is a black stone or stone like object in between the scene, which should have been taken care while editing. I assume the image was a moment of opportunity, god work my friend. Thanks for sharing.   Posted: 01/30/2020 15:31:30