Welcome to Antlers to Peaks photo blog. Here I will talk about a wide range of photography topics. Over the past 5 years I have been learning, testing and growing my technique and want to share that knowledge now with others who want to learn. My focus is on photographing the natural world around us and my blog here will focus on how to do that. I will start with some basics of photography and slowly advance from there.
I encourage everyone to leave comments and feedback, and suggest topics you'd like to see covered. I will post twice a month and run series posts for certain topics. For starters here is a picture of a moose I took in Glacier National Park. All my photos have a story and I will hopefully get to tell some of those stories while posting here.
The bull moose is one of the largest and most impressive animals in North America. Standing over 6 feet tall and weighing over a ton, an angry bull moose is more dangerous and causes more injuries to people than even the grizzly bear. My one goal in visiting Glacier was to see one of these impressive creatures, and after being there for nearly a week I thought my dream was going to stay just that. I had seen an impressive array of wildlife and even a cow moose as pictured above. While the cow moose was impressive it was no bull and my hunt continued. On the 5th day of our trip we stayed in a new location, Many Glacier Hotel. I knew this was our best chance at finding a bull moose as the low lying lakes make an ideal setting for feeding. A sunrise walk around Swiftcurrent lake was peaceful and offered beautiful views of the surrounding mountains, but no moose. As a last attempt to catch the morning feeding time we drove over to Fishercap Lake and hiked up the trail to the lake. When we rounded the bend to the lake we saw another photographer shooting towards the far end of the lake but didn't want to get our hopes up. When we finally got a full view of the lake there he was, a full grown bull moose, feeding on the side of the lake. I immediately set up equipment and waited for an ideal shot. The sun was already a little too high in the sky with no good cloud cover but this was my chance. All in all I took over 500 pictures of this moose. In every position, distance, pose, and orientation I could think of I photographed.
In the end there were only a few shots that I was impressed with, and my favorite of the bunch is below. The shot I wanted, a bull moose feeding in a lake. Someday I hope to go back and find another bull moose and get that thrill of seeing the power and sheer bulk of such an impressive animal. Next time I hope to have a chance to photograph under better lighting conditions. Light is the key to photography and you will see it come up again and again in this blog, and will be the focus of many future posts. I hope you enjoyed this story and post and I look forward to continuing this journey in exploring photography with you.