Wildlife Friday

It’s Friday and here’s another installment of Wildlife Friday.  These again were from Grand Teton National Park and probably my favorite wildlife shots from my visit.

The first two are of bison.  The first bison was seen shortly after shooting pictures of the running of the horses at the Triangle X Guest Ranch.  This bison looked as if he had been extracted from a  herd and was on his own.  He had just rolled over and bathed himself in the dirt and stood up when I captured this shot of him looking right at me from about 75 yards.

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Capture Notes:

  • Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk II
  • Lens: Canon EF 70-200 f/2.8 IS L USM, Canon EF 2X Extender II
  • ISO: 100
  • Focal Length:  340mm
  • Aperture:  f/5.6
  • Shutter Speed: 1/250 sec.
  • Post Processing: Aperture – minor adjustments, cropped to 8X10 Format, sized for web

This second shot of bison was taken my last evening at Grand Teton National Park.  My wife and I were headed out to Oxbow Bend for the sunset when I spotted 3 or 4 Bison out in the field getting ready cross the road.  This scene was taken as they were heading across the field getting ready to approach the road.  There was a 3rd Bison not captured in this scene and there was a baby calf, but I lost track of the calf.  I think it had turned back before crossing the first fence.  I was initially alone out in the field taking pictures, but by the time I had gotten this shot 4 or 5 cars had pulled up and a crowd was starting to gather around me.  The bison didn’t want anything to do with the crowd and started to high-tail it across the road and over the other fence into the open pasture.

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Capture Notes:

  • Camera: Canon EOS 5D MK II
  • Lens:  Canon EF 70-200 f/2.8 IS L USM, Canon EF 2X Extender II
  • ISO: 200
  • Focal Length:  350mm
  • Aperture:  f/5.6
  • Shutter Speed: 1/200 sec.
  • Post Processing:  Aperture – minor adjustments, cropped, sized for web

These next two shots are of horse in an open pasture at the Lazy S Ranch.  It was the afternoon and these horses were probably done for the day and out grazing.  This first scene struck my eye with the background contained a grove of aspen.

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Capture Notes:

  • Camera:  Canon EOS 5D MK II
  • Lens:  Canon EF 70-200 f/2.8 IS L USM, Canon EF 2X Extender II
  • ISO: 100
  • Focal Length:  400 mm
  • Aperture:  f/5.6
  • Shutter Speed: 1/160 sec.
  • Post Processing:  Aperture – minor adjustments, cropped to 8X10 Format, sized for web

This second picture, the horse just look so beautiful with the shiny tan hide and blonde mane wind-blown over the eyes.  I shot this in Tungsten white balance to cool down the background giving it contrast against the warm tones of the horses.

American Beauty - ©Rick Louie Photography - All Rights Reserved.
Click to Enlarge – American Beauty – ©Rick Louie Photography – All Rights Reserved.

Capture Notes:

  • Camera: Canon EOS 5D MK II
  • Lens:  Canon EF 70-200 f/2.8 IS L USM, Canon EF 2X Extender II
  • ISO: 100
  • Focal Length:  350mm
  • White Balance:  Tungsten
  • Aperture:  f/5.6
  • Shutter Speed: 1/500 sec.
  • Post Processing: Aperture – minor adjustments, cropped to 8X10 Format, sized for web
  • I really like the first image of the bison with the two levels of bokeh (foreground and background). Adds a lot of depth, but at the same time keeps the focus locked in on the animal.