Here comes another lecture about how I’m not a wildlife photographer.
Much like the last One that Didn’t make It, the mid-day light was too harsh. While I”m grateful to have been able to shoot at a low ISO and fast shutter speed, the contrast was horrendous. That’s not something you can control, unless yo wait.
But here’s the thing about wildlife photography that I don’t enjoy — you don’t get to wait. You take the shot, you work with the setting you have, and you suck it up, sailor. It’s ironic, because that’s what I have to do for concert and journalism photography. But animals? No way, not me, not neva.
Technically, this photograph is pretty decent. The composition is balanced, the bison is sharp, it’s calm. The one technical aspect that could have been better, but out of my control, was a better depth-of-field. I was limited by a 2x extender on a an f/4 70-200. That’s an f/8 lens, now. There’s a reason why so many wildlife photographers have those 500mm f/4 lenses, or other monstrosities such as that. We actually met a wildlife photographer with that exact lens on a 5DSR. The guy must have been loaded, or just having a bit too much fun with his retirement money.
Regardless, I still keep this photo for myself. It’s a photo I’d give to my father, or my friends, but not one I’d exhibit or publish in my portfolio.