Red Fox Female With Kits

Posted on 25 January 2015 | No responses

RedFoxKitsRed Fox Female With Kits, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. May 26, 2014 © Copyright Ben Gundy – all rights reserved.

My trip to the Tetons was very successful last May (2014) due to my being there when most of the babies were out and about. There seems to be a window when you can see the fox, coyote, and wolf babies before they leave their den. The park rules on the wolf is to stay ay least a half mile from their den which makes it ultra rare to see the pups.

This particular red fox female had five to six kits which were running all around the den. The kits are old enough that the female would go out hunting for ground squirrels in which the kits would play with them. I believe these kits have not been weaned yet from their mother so the ground squirrels were just a play toy at the moment.

To watch the kits interact with their mother was very interesting. A lot of playing with each other for hours at a time. The female would go off by herself every so often so she could rest from her kits playful energy. I photographed the family for two days and will be posting more images in the future.

Text, photographs, and other media are © Copyright Ben Gundy and are not in the public domain and may not be used on websites, blogs, or in other media without advance permission from Ben Gundy.

 

Canon EOS 1D Mark IV

Canon EF 500mm F4.5L

ISO 800, 1/320 second at F/16

 

Twilight At The Totem Pole

Posted on 2 November 2014 | No responses

TotemTwilight At The Totem Pole, Monument Valley Tribal Park, Utah. September 13, 2010 © Copyright Ben Gundy – all rights reserved.

We were all up very early waiting for our Indian guide Tom Philips to take us out into the tribal park to photograph the Totem Pole just before sunrise. The twilight light is famous there if you have a cloudless clear sky which we did. No city lights and very clear skies met us at the Totem Pole. I remember we all had to work swiftly or we would miss that gorgeous light.

This image post processed in Lightroom 3 with a touch of saturation and the use of the black slider to keep the Totem Pole in shadow. The coloration of the light is true to what you would see with your naked eye.

Text, photographs, and other media are © Copyright Ben Gundy and are not in the public domain and may not be used on websites, blogs, or in other media without advance permission from Ben Gundy.

 

 

Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Canon EF 70-200mm f4L at 183mm

ISO 200, 1/15 second at f/8.0

 

Mormon Barn Revisited

Posted on 5 October 2014 | No responses

MormanBarn2014Mormon Barn Revisited, Grand Teton National Park. May 24, 2014 © Copyright Ben Gundy – all rights reserved.

As a photographer I do not mind going back to an iconic subject time after time. There is always something that has changed since the last time I was there. I know, both pros and amateurs, don’t like to reshoot an iconic image due to  the throngs of people that are there and the thousands of images that are already out there. However, this particular time, the ranchers had the water diverted in front of the iconic barn so it changed the composition of the image. Usually, the water is running down the south side (left side) of the barn, at least, every time I have been there. The watery canal gave the image a nice “S” curve which definitely helped the foreground. Again this is an early morning shot right after sunrise giving a warm tone to the old barn.

Notice I have the peak of the barn above the crest line of the Tetons, putting the peak above or below is the way to compose this image. Don’t merge the peak of the roof at the crest line of the mountain, that is bad composition…

I have another image I took at the same time, a small panorama that I will post at a later date.

Hopefully, one day, I can catch this image with nice storm clouds above the Tetons.

Text, photographs, and other media are © Copyright Ben Gundy and are not in the public domain and may not be used on websites, blogs, or in other media without advance permission from Ben Gundy.

 

Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Canon EF 24-105mm f4L at 45mm

ISO 200, 1/100 sec at f/11

 

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