Marti Buckely  

Bull Moose by Marti Buckely

September 2021 - Bull Moose

September 2021 - Marti Buckely


About the Image(s)

We were shooting the sunrise at Schwabacher Landing in Grand Teton NP and upon leaving, came upon a group of cars. We stopped and got out to find this bull moose chasing his females across the road. Before he got away, I got a few shots of him with my Canon SX-50 f/5.6 at 43mm. Yes, we were that close! Some of the other photographers chased him into the meadow. Kind of surprised he didn't turn on them.
I did some adjustments to the saturation and lightened him up a little but otherwise pretty much as shot.

6 comments posted

Mike Patterson   Mike Patterson
A wonderful shot! Two things I especially like about it. First, you captured the background and mountains that set the scene for the environment in which the moose lives. And second, the entire image has almost a painting quality to it. The yellow fall colors just pop.   Posted: 09/07/2021 08:35:18

Al Swanson   Al Swanson
What a fabulous shot! This is a once-in-a-lifetime and is the prime example of "in the right place at the right time." I couldn't help but pull it off and just play with the overall image a little bit because it was so beautiful. I put it into studio 2 and sharpened and highlighted. This changed the background but I think it also brought out a lot of the details of the moose. You did a tremendous job on capturing this one.   Posted: 09/09/2021 16:33:41
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Marti Buckely   Marti Buckely
Thanks Al. I like the way you brought out the details in the moose's coat but the other areas appear to me to be over sharpened. Might work for printing but I feel a little to much for digital.   Posted: 09/09/2021 18:19:05

Jerry Biddlecom   Jerry Biddlecom
Very, very nice shot. Good colors and setting, and the moose as an almost regal look about him. Overall the moose looks too dark on my monitor. I like what Al did with the moose in his treatment, but I think you're right about his background -- the yellows seem to bleed together and lose detail. The mountains in the background, as Mike points out, along with all of the foliage surrounding the moose serves as a great forming device. Indeed, you were close! How far from your car did you wander? The others were crazy trying to chase him. Any ranger catching them might have handed out heavy fines.   Posted: 09/10/2021 08:43:55
Marti Buckely   Marti Buckely
He was probably 30-40 feet away. He does look a little dark on my monitor too.   Posted: 09/10/2021 10:48:36

Joseph J Zaia   Joseph J Zaia
Yes, this is an excellent 'Wild Life' image and Al did a very nice job of creating a separation between the moose and the background.   Posted: 09/13/2021 09:38:26


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