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I was waiting for a sunrise and the “good light”, and noticed this huge Moon setting behind the mountain. I zoomed in and shot the scene at 500mm (hence the giant size of the Moon’s surface). At first I really didn’t pay attention to the Moon because it was too high and too small, and I was after the entire mountain range, not just a fragment of it. But, with the Moon low and giant in size, and with some orang-y color in the mountain peaks the scene became more appealing to me. Now I think it’s a great shot 🙂
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Then a deer jumped out of the bushes and ran across the path and he stopped for just a split second and I was able to capture him as you see here…
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I personally love the symmetry of the ranges on either sides and the reflections!
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I knew it was very unusual for him to raise his head above his shoulders and I also knew that this move was precursor to a charge.
My heart was pounding as I tried to get a focus lock on the eyes while my brain was telling me to get behind the car.
He was about twenty five yards away and he was looking me straight in the eye.
I felt scared. I felt alive. I felt the fear of generations of genes inside me that had laid dormant all these years.
One second, calm. The next second, fear on a primal stage that touched every nerve ending. Fight or flight.
Fight or flight….
Were you there for a minute with me?
I hope so.
That’s the magic of photography. It can transport you to another time and another place in an instant.
And then you’re back again…
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This was taken at about 70 yards using a Tamron 150-600mm lens coupled with a Nikon D800. If you look closely, you can actually see the water splashing as the elk crosses in a brisk fashion. I was very pleased that the lens was able to capture that detail while I was shooting handheld.
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