Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Memorable SNP Moment: In Pursuit

Shenandoah National Park provided me with many memorable moments this fall as well as images. I visited SNP a total of three mornings, arriving before dawn and leaving by noon after the morning whitetail activity subsided.

This buck treated me and others to a great photo-op in the meadow in front of the Byrd Visitor Center. At the moment I captured this image the buck was actively chasing after a doe. As he ran towards me across the meadow I was hoping he would make the turn pictured here and allow the sun to light him fully. As he ran up the grade, as if on cue, the buck made a 90 deg turn allowing the sun to shine fully upon him.

In an intense shooting situation such as this I try to do everything right behind the camera. It is only later when reviewing the images magnified on the computer monitor that I find just how successful the event was.

Regardless of the quality of any particular image, the display this magnificent animal treated me to was a Memorable SNP Moment.



10 comments:

Robert V. Sobczak said...

Excellent photo, you really do capture some great scenes. Behind every great photograph is lots of time staking it out, and a roll of reject photos. The good news, no more film, all digital. But that also is the bad news. There's no excuse to limit the number of photos ... other than battery life.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Definitely a memorable moment Coy, but then, aren't they all? Excellent picture.

Leedra said...

Great photo, but you are right, sometimes the experience is the high. It just adds to it when the photograph also turns out great.

fishing guy said...

Salty: That is a marvelous photo of the big buck. They sure get braver when they are chasing the does.

Shellmo said...

Well done!! And what an exciting capture!!

Your EG Tour Guide said...

I love it when a photo turns out well. Animals are so unpredictable, although in this case you guessed right!

Cathy said...

Wildlife photography is especially rewarding because the subjects are so unpredictable. Excellent shot!

Abraham Lincoln said...

Nice photograph as usual. I hope he is still alive.

Ken Conger Photography said...

Great post and images. The composition with the sunset and sign is excellent work. Blue Skies.

Chad Oneil Myers said...

There I am ;)