Saturday, September 6, 2008

Raven in the mist

Raven in the mist, Denali National Park, Alaska.
Canon 1Ds Mark III, 500mm f4L IS, 1/640 sec @ f/4, ISO 400

While waiting on a hilltop in Denali Park, I watched and waited as fog moved through the boreal forest shortly after sunrise. The angle of light was still low enough for good shadows. After photographing the fog and spruce trees, I noticed some ravens flying off in the distance. I grabbed my 500mm lens and threw it on a bean bag resting on the edge of my vehicle's sun roof. Auto focus was hopeless on a moving subject that small so I manually focused the lens and clicked a few shots. A few seconds before I was able to get set up there were multiple ravens flying, but only one left by the time I was able to shoot. The photo has a lot of mood, and is a telling scene of Alaska's interior boreal forest landscape.


2 comments:

Carl D said...

Hey Patrick

Really a sweet shot - congratulations.

I'm enjoying your Denali images, as I haven't had a chance to get to the park this summer.

Cheers

Carl

Patrick said...

Carl,
Ravens are very intruiging birds and I was lucky to get this as a grab shot. McKinley was pretty elusive to me on my short visits to the park this year, I hope for some better ops next year. Hope your shooting season was productive.
Patrick