The Troubles of Getting the Perfect Moose Photograph
Moose don't like the sun much so they are mostly active dusk and dawn.
This means that, after a long afternoon hike in nature looking for them, you typically find them bedded down.
While you sit down near the moose when you finally found some, you hope and pray that they will get up to start eating and drinking before the sun sets behind the mountains. After all, a picture of a moose sitting down isn't as exciting as a huge moose standing in front of your camera!
When the sun gets low on the horizon, the quality of the light is referred to as "golden light" or the "magic hour."
As the sun gets down to a low angle in the sky, the available light seems to get warmer as the atmosphere filters out blue light.
This leaves a palette of "golden" light, made up of reds, oranges and yellows.
Here's an example, as this huge bull moose got up just in time!
Using a big 500mm f/4 lens made the moose pop by blurring the fore- and background.
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