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Coyote : Death Valley Nation Park
Coyote : Death Valley Nation Park

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Free Study 2009-12 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D3X
Lens: Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 VR DG IF-ED
Location: Death Valley National Park, CA
Date: Dec 31, 2009
Aperture: 5.6
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/640 s
Galleries: Nature, Animals
Date Uploaded: Dec 31, 2009

She was actually very friendly after about 90 minutes of hanging out with her. She took her time and eventually came up close. Here and there when I would snap a shot, she would stop and perk her ears up. once I remained still she would move in a bit closer. Once she made it up to 5 feet of me my heart was racing. And it was way to close for the 300mm. So I sat and talked to her as she checked me out.

I did notice when she was about 15 feet out, that a larger male circled around about 50 feet out. He kept a watch from cover of a small bush during the entire time.

This is not cropped from the camera one pixel. Processing is light.. LR2 Camera Calibration profile set; WB change; Exposure bump and Brightness dropped. Pulled Vibrance down.

CS4: Hi pass sharpen; shadow/highlights; burn on foreground rocks; resize & save as web

Place: 101 out of 334
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Views since voting: 821
Views during voting: 282
Votes: 181
Comments: 6
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01/08/2010 12:15:15 AM
Great photo! I really enjoyed reading your story about it. Nice work!
 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/07/2010 08:38:27 PM
If he were completely sharp....hoooo boy, this would have been a killer shot.
01/06/2010 04:48:31 AM
Great shot of a coyote. It can definitely be hard to approach these guys, so good job. Nice choice of aperture too, really brings the viewer's attention to where it belongs- the animal's face.
01/03/2010 05:52:15 PM
Sweeeeet! Great capture.
01/03/2010 12:29:37 AM
Not a bad image but not a great one. The shallow dof offers some personality though I feel it falls off too quickly because the cackles standing up would have offered a much more animalistic and raw feeling if in focus.
01/02/2010 12:36:31 AM
good crisp focus

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