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Walking with Giants

Walking with Giants
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Copyright: Radu Xplorator (Xplorator) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 651 W: 57 N: 1506] (7719)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2003-09
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon N90s, Nikon 70-300mm, Fuji Velvia 100, Velbon PH-263 head
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2004-12-01 4:47
Viewed: 5096
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I must admit this is one of the luckiest and hardest to get images from my entire photographer career.
Part of my last years Alaskan safari was paying a visit to the taiga forests in the Kenai peninsula, one of the most memorable places but with the most hateful weather. This is a giant bull moose (Alces alces) popping out of nowhere bushes and walking past me almost careless. I did not take that for granted since many native Alaskans told me to be more careful of the male moose that the grizzly bear. One that has never seen the north American male moose cannot imagine how what a humongous animal this is : they can be around 7.5 ft tall and over 1500 lbs weight (same as four adult African lions or eight strong men or three cattle bulls all together). This picture is taken after being continuosly rained on for aproximatelly six days in a row in between camping and offroading rests.
But memories like this moment makes you forget all the misery: ,,FOR IN THY STRUGGLE IS THY GLORY ! ,,
I hope you like it as much as I do ... remeber when I was talking about falling inlove with your own photos, this is one like that I fallen for ...
On the technical side I wish you couldve seen my efforts not get my lens & camera wet than the actual settings (aperture mode, low F`s, warm up filter) anyway this is a scan from slide.

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Very nice specimen indeed. Good detail and great composition. Well done

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2004-12-01 5:15]

Esta presentacion Radu, parece un típica postal de esa lejana y fascinante regrión.
Gran composicion con un bello colorido y atinado encuadre para mostrar al animal en todo su esplendor en medio de ambiente natural.

This presentation Radu, seems a typical postcard of that distant and fascinating region.
Great composition with beautiful colorful and accurate frame to show the animal in all its splendor in the middle of natural atmosphere.

Great shot, the composition is stunning, you have captured the moose very well. I agree with Ricardo, an Alaskan postcard. I appreciate your comments on the weather, but all it takes is one shot like this to make it all worthwhile. Well done.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2004-12-01 6:55]

I don't know why, but this photo remains me old German hunting paintings :-) Superb colours and very soft light.

I like the yellowish colours against the chocolate brown moose, the Velvia really saturates the colours well. Personally I would have preferred slightly less clutter between camera and moose...but I guess you are not going to argue with him about where he is standing.

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  • Lesley Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 297 W: 13 N: 913] (2988)
  • [2004-12-01 13:02]

Wonderful capture and fascinating note. I am envious of all who have had the honor of capturing any Moose on film. I hope to get up to New Hampshire in the next year to try to photograph this lovely mammal.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-12-01 14:58]

Hi Radu, lind of reminds me of that program Northern Exposure. Great image the composition and colours are very good. And that moose looks stoned :-o

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  • Esox Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 20 N: 344] (972)
  • [2004-12-01 15:09]

Another great bull moose portrait.
Very good composition and sharpness.
Good work.

very impressive, I like the look of the animal, very great shot Radu

Great shot very good pose.
Well done.

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-12-02 7:25]

This guy is huge. I have seen one before, but not this big. Very well taken.

Thanks for posting

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2004-12-07 3:46]

felicitari! un specimen de o rara frumusete. interesant si textul ce suporta poza. efortul merita!

This is an excellent photograph Radu. It's a window to Alaska. Paul :)

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