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This is a 15 shot image. A 5 shot, portrait orientation panorama with each of those images being a 3 shot HDR for detail.
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I have seen a lot of moose in my time….but seeing this one up close and personal as he prepared to receive a challenge from a younger bull was the most heart pounding photo work I’ve done in a long time.
Let me take you to the moment.
We were standing about 30 yards away and the challenger was approaching from the left…and then this veteran started making grunt like noises that got louder and louder. The youngster then began making the same type of sounds.
They were communicating with an unmistakable tone…full of fight and determination.
There was a light rain and I was equally conscious of the people with me and I kept saying “stay by the SUV and be ready to jump in”… and “keep the doors open”.
The flight or fight adrenaline rush was kicking in and I felt it hard to hold the camera without shaking.
I’m trying to lock focus and watch the young bull with my peripheral vision while the drama is unfolding before me.
There is electricity in the air and my heart is beating so fast I believe I can feel it pushing my shirt out.
The young bull walks two steps closer. The veteran raises his head…
Talk about feeling alive….were you there with me for a second or two? I hope so.
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The weather was awful so this was the best I could manage before all hell broke loose. 49mph gusts and very heavy, soaking rain that I could just do nothing to stop from getting in the way. Will have to revisit another time in better conditions.
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