Mike Patterson  

Coyote Track by Mike Patterson

March 2020 - Coyote Track

March 2020 - Mike Patterson


About the Image(s)

I took this image of a coyote print in the snow at Monument Valley over the Thanksgiving holiday. The sky was overcast, leaving the sun-covered landscape almost a dreary gray. I boosted the whites in this to make it the color of true snow and did other minor processing in Lightroom. What attracted me about this is the shape as well as the red sandstone dust that the coyote had picked up as it traveled over the landscape. Short at 290 mm, F/11, at 1/1600 second (to reduce shake) and with an ISO of 800. And just in case anyone is interested in the difference between a coyote print and a dog’s: A dog print is round and a coyote’s is oval. In addition, a coyote print usually has two claw prints at the front of the oval. We see coyote prints quite frequently on our ranch.

This round’s discussion is now closed!
6 comments posted

Joseph J Zaia   Joseph J Zaia
This was a nice find Mike. I love the colors and the information. The only change I can suggest is the set this image in a square format.
  Posted: 03/11/2020 19:01:25

Peggy Reeder   Peggy Reeder
I agree with all that Joe has said, including a square crop. So - which is the front of the paw? And is that straight mark at the bottom one of the claw prints?   Posted: 03/12/2020 06:10:14

Marti Buckely   Marti Buckely
Interesting image. I think I agree with the square format idea. Here is my take. I also removed some of the brown spots that were distracting me from the track print and burned in the corners some.   Posted: 03/12/2020 12:25:10
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Al Swanson   Al Swanson
I agree with the square image and the removal of the extraneous spots. An interesting subject.   Posted: 03/13/2020 11:08:48

Jerry Biddlecom   Jerry Biddlecom
Mike -- have you had many opportunities to grab shots of the coyotes that roam nearby? Interesting crossing pattern in the the paw print.   Posted: 03/13/2020 20:39:54

Kaylyn Franks   Kaylyn Franks
I agree with the square crop and removing the brown spots. Otherwise very clear photo of the coyote foot print.   Posted: 03/24/2020 10:43:16