This weeks WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge has the theme of Earth, which is appropriate, given that Saturday is Earth Day. So I figured that I would do a weeklong series of different views of the Earth that I have experienced. Feel free to join in with the fun!
One of the areas of amazing diversity is the Animal Kingdom. The level of adaptation to the opportunities presented in our planet’s environment is simply stunning! From bacteria that thrive in volcanic vents on the bottom of the ocean to birds of paradise that create mating displays beyond human comprehension and everything in between!
Among my favorites is the moose, featured in our fourth episode…
This image was captured in June, 2006, during a photography weekend led by the wonderful photographer, Mark Picard, whose moose and nature photography are stunning! As it happened, we were graced by a significant amount of rain during this weekend, for which I was prepared; one of the advantages of doing a lot of outdoor photography in New England is that preparation for lots of different weather conditions becomes second nature.
Despite the weather, we saw around 27 moose in under three days, which was phenomenal. This bull was very happy grazing the underwater vegetation in this pond and was clealy not affected by the rain 🙂
This images were captured with Canon EOS 1D MkII using a Sigma 50-500mm f/4.5-6.3 APO DG lens. Exposure settings were 1/250 second at f/5.6 and 1000 ISO.
A Fresh Perspective
Photography is more than just a vehicle for capturing the world around me; it provides me with a palette and a set of brushes, with which I paint not only what I see, but also look to express the emotions that are evoked by the scene in front of me in that moment.
Growing up in the Netherlands exposed me to a wide cross-section of visual arts that laid the foundation of my photographic view of all that surrounds me. Early influences were the Dutch Masters of the 17th century, to whom I was introduced by my grandfather during museum explorations; favorites among them are the scenes of quotidian life depicted by Jan Steen and Frans Hals and the vivid landscapes of Jacob van Ruisdael.
My classical high school education was supplemented by the Boijmans Van Beuningen museum, where I spent many a lunch hour exploring its great collection. Here I was introduced to surrealism with a particular love for the approach taken by Salvador Dali; Dali also rekindled my appreciation for the work of Hieronymus Bosch, who often showed the folly of us mortals.
My approach to any photographic subject is to look for understanding first; in this I look to establish either a connection between the viewer and the subject or capture the connection of the subject with its surroundings. The captured image then aims to portray this connection from a perspective that is part of my personal interpretation.
This interpretation is often a form of externalized introspection, which may alternately display the connection of isolated beings and items with their environment or highlight the whimsy of the profound world, in which we find ourselves. The universe is full of connections, many of which are waiting to be discovered; part of my journey as a photographer is to document these connections.
Any assignment, be it an event, a product shoot or a portrait session is always approached through communication with the client; this is where the first connection is established. Ideas are exchanged and a collaborative plan of action forms, ultimately resulting in a set of images that aim to exceed the expectations of each client.
And, lest we forget, it is important to have fun while practicing the serious business of photography!
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5 thoughts on “Diversity of the Earth – pt. 4”
Great shot! He looks enormous.
Thank you! Moose bulls are pretty good size, with withers well above 6 feet. They are the largest deer species and quite stunning!
I’ve seen some close up in the Canadian mountain national parks. But, the ones I remember seeing were cows and not this big. They’re remarkably fast and agile when running.
The closest I got to a bull was about 5 feet, as he crossed my path while browsing; he didn’t care one iota that I was there, as I posed no threat 🙂