Todd Grivetti  


Majestic by Todd Grivetti

October 2019 - Majestic

About the Image(s)

Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mark II, ISO 2000, 1/250 sec f/5 200mm - I rented this camera from LensProtoGo for the week and it was an amazing piece of equipment. Lens: Tamron SP 150-600mm. Av Priority, -0.3 exp. bias

Image: This was one of two bulls along the hillside as we were driving toward the Savage River entrance to Denali at 8:50 in the morning. We stopped and I set up the camera on my tripod and was able to capture 540+ images of this bull in a span of 15 minutes. I tracked him all the way down the hillside toward the road and he came within 75 yards of us. With the rain and low light, his coat was wet and this really brought out the texture of the fir. This was a truly a breathtaking experience.

Post: I maintained the image in Lightroom with Camera Landscape as I had set the camera up on one of my personal pre-sets. With this itself, I did not have to adjust anything by a small adjustment to the highlights in the Light slider. I did add a bit more orange in the color as the foreground was really colorful, especially with the wet leaves. I also added just a hint of crimson for some of the leaves as well. In the EFFECT's sliders: I increased the texture to +5, clarity +4, DETAIL: Slight increase to noise reduction to 10.


7 comments posted

Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
You have certainly captured a fine portrait of a"Majestic" animal. The background her compliments the wilderness feeling of this moose in the wild. I like how the rustic tones of the foliage are picked up in the tints of the moose along his flank and in the impressive rack. The damp coat also lends to this feeling.

My only suggestion involves the crop. This very tight crop enhances the portrait feel of the image however with the wonderful colors in this wilderness scene I would prefer to give the moose a bit more room to breathe within the frame. Expanding the frame woud not reduce the pop of the moose as here is enough space between the moose and the background to it out of focus and not bring in any distractions.   Posted: 10/04/2019 19:34:40
Todd Grivetti   Todd Grivetti
I can add a bit on the top of the image. L to R is very tight without any room to expand. It's not much, but hopefully adds a bit of room as you mention. He definitely was close and I tend to hone in on that zoom to bring them in with a tight cropping.

I have attached the revised version with no cropping giving a bit more room at the top.

Fall is my favorite season. The colors are spectacular and "rustic" as you mentioned. The burst even more when they are wet and under cloudy skies.   Posted: 10/04/2019 21:33:03
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Todd Grivetti   Todd Grivetti
I can add a bit on the top of the image. L to R is very tight without any room to expand. It's not much, but hopefully adds a bit of room as you mention. He definitely was close and I tend to hone in on that zoom to bring them in with a tight cropping.

I have attached the revised version with no cropping giving a bit more room at the top.

Fall is my favorite season. The colors are spectacular and "rustic" as you mentioned. The burst even more when they are wet and under cloudy skies.   Posted: 10/04/2019 21:43:44
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Mark Winter   Mark Winter
Todd,

What an amazing animal and a great capture! As Larry mentioned, I like the contract of colors and texture between the moose, and I also like the light shades on his back. It really highlights him! Yes, I would like to see a little more space on the right, but that would take a little away from the portrait. This is definitely on my list of places to go!   Posted: 10/08/2019 12:04:59
Todd Grivetti   Todd Grivetti
Thank you so much Mark. This was our second year in the park and we felt very fortunate to have seen this guy and several others. Being here for me is extremely cathartic for sure.

I will definitely try looking at your suggestions. One thing I have noticed is that monitors tend to have different settings and I need to invest in a SpyderX monitor calibration kit. It is sometimes difficult to see the colors all the way through.   Posted: 10/12/2019 21:11:03

Michael Weatherford   Michael Weatherford
This is a good bull moose portrait. I like the fine detail of the animal's wet coat that you were able to capture, and the foliage, although to me it's a bit over-saturated. Thinking about what I might do to the image, maybe lighten up the shadows a bit to try to get more detail in those dark areas. Good job!   Posted: 10/08/2019 21:36:56
Todd Grivetti   Todd Grivetti
Michael, Thank you so much. I too liked the way the fir has both linear and vertical lines. I can try to lighten up the darker areas and see if that allows for a bit more detail. I did end using one of my presets for the color. Although, I have just learned a new trick when doing this. I change the photo from color to B&W and then adjust the light and then colors before going back to a color image. I've seen this done and really the outcomes from what I've played with in other images. Worth a try and hey, it's all digital, so I can always change it.   Posted: 10/12/2019 21:17:47

 

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