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Photographing Wildlife in the Tetons

1299-0119In a few weeks I will be leading a workshop in the Teton National Park and unlike most of our workshops that feature landscape and light painting; we also have wildlife to photograph in the Tetons. Now, I am not a wildlife photographer usually, but when I go to the Teton National Park I become one as there is great wildlife all around you. I have photographed buffalo, moose, elk and pronghorn antelope just driving around this great park. The one animal that has eluded me so far has been the black and grizzly bear. I’ve seen a few, I have tried to photograph them, but in the end, all I have ended up with is blurry bear behinds. One of the attendees from last year’s workshop and a good friend of mine, Bill Cadzow, took an incredible picture of a black bear feeding, but alas I was not there with him when photographed the bear. The other animal that I have had trouble photographing in the Tetons is a big bull moose. I have some great shots of females and of a male with small antlers, but not one with very large antlers and I hope to correct that this time when I’m out in the Tetons.

1108-0153What’s nice about trying to photograph wildlife in the Teton National Park is that most the time the animals are quite close to you. I usually rent a 100- 400mm zoom lens from Browed Lenses and find this lens allows me a great deal of range and the ability to get close-up headshots of the animals while the lens in not very large. On a past workshop one of the attendees brought a 600mm Canon lens with him and some of the images that he got were just phenomenal, but the lens is a beast. You have to have a special tripod head to use the lens and you’re not walking far with that thing, as it weighs a ton. What I also like about this lens is that it allows me to photograph an animal with the background and then to zoom in and really isolate the wildlife by itself. I have to admit that I have been thinking about trying out Canon’s new 200-400mm lens. It is supposed a phenomenal lens that is very sharp throughout and fast, but I still have a few weeks to decide before I have to rent it and I’ll let you know how it works if I do.

1140-0147If you would like to join me on my quest to finally get my images of these two great animals come join us on The Digital Photo Workshops as we photograph in Teton National Park. We have Brian Matiash joining us as a guest instructor and Rob Sylvan will be there to give you instructions on how to use Lightroom and of course me, I’ll be there teaching Photoshop and also Light Painting the night up in the park.

Here is the link to The Digital Photo Workshop

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Blurry Bear Behinds

Blurry Bear Behinds

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