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Bull Moose

Bull Moose
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Copyright: Ryan Thayne (euryan) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 15 W: 1 N: 40] (250)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-29
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 30D, Sigma 120-300mm F2.8
Exposure: f/4
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2006-08-12 12:11
Viewed: 33226
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This large bull moose was photographed in the Albion Basin near Alta, Utah. Utah has a surprisingly large moose population considering how far south Utah lies. Most of the state has unfit moose habitat (what with hot dry deserts), but in the higher elevations of the Wasatch and Uinta mountains there is some perfect moose habitat, and the moose seem to be doing very well.

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Hi Ryan,
A very beautiful capture with great colors and light. The colors of the different flowers are outstanding. You've captured him in a beautiful posture. Excellent work on the details and a good note.

Hi Ryan,
I like moose and I wish I can photograph one soon :) Your were lucky to see such a majestic animal in the wild. Are bull mooses darker than ususal mooses? He seems a bit dark to me... Very nice composition, great POV and DOF with all the wild flowers, very beautiful! TFS,

Hello Ryan,
Very colorful frame & setting for this bull moose, and pleasing to the eye. Sharp detail and well composed.
Since the setting is so attractive, and you used tripod, I might've went for a bit more DOF in this case..but that's just me :)
Nicely done and Thank You!

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  • DOBIS Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 126 W: 16 N: 170] (632)
  • [2006-08-12 14:08]

Wonderfull shot! I like it, its very interesting to see this wild animal among flowers! :-) TFS

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-08-12 16:10]

Lovely shot with great details and nice composition. I love the wild flowers as well

Gee, he is a good specimen isn't he? Nice that his antlers are fully developed. The moose I saw in June still had a ways to go. How special that you captured him in a field of wildflowers. There is no end to the surprised in Utah!

Thanks for sharing a super photo

Evelynn : )

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  • Scott Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 225 W: 0 N: 356] (1752)
  • [2006-08-12 16:37]


Nice .. must have been dusk? Difficult exposure, well handled. Really nice DOV.

well done!


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  • Karin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 418 W: 5 N: 268] (2089)
  • [2006-08-12 16:49]

Hi Ryan,
Although the moose's body is a bit dark, and it might have been beter to leave a bit more grass under not to cut the invisible legs, The photograph does look great! The colourful background is beautiful and the moose has a very nice 3D effect around the head.
Well done and TFS

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-08-12 22:58]

Hi Ryan

How does that old saying go ."Sometimes you just have to stop and eat the flowers". Wonderful capture of this guy. He is in such beautiful surroundings.This is a real winner.Lovely colours, excellent POV .TFS


Good environment for this bull moose (He seems a bit dark to me, perhaps...)
Best regards

Hi Ryan

Nice work here. Very good exposure. Nicely composed with clear detail. Very good camera work. :-)

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2006-08-13 4:33]

Hi Ryan,

The back of the bull is a bit dark but still an interesting photo. The background with the red flowers is nice. The photo really shows the beauty of this magnificent animal.


Hello Ryan,
The big guy very well captured in this fine composition!
Good details and nice textures in the fur coat, alsdo a nice and typical pose from your model!
Pablo -

Hello Ryan,

Very good picture of this moose, great colors, POV and DOF are excellent. This is a nice male. We have lots of them around my place but they are not easy to spot. Lately I have been going often in the woods hoping to photograph one but without luck. Good note, I didn't know that they were living so far south. TFS


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  • gelor Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 124 W: 3 N: 12] (523)
  • [2006-08-13 10:01]

Bonjour Ryan,
Excellente image de cet animal ! La netteté et la profondeur de champ sont superbes. Beau travail !

In flowers, WOW.
The moose itself was a beauty. Your pic is excellent too : sharpness colors POV composition, background.

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