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01-AUG-2004 Claudio Gatti


Moose are really abundant at Algoquin park. In early spring it is almost guaranteed that you will see one. The funny thing is that you best chances to see a moose in spring are along the "civilized" road corridor in the south of the park. The road gets salted in the winter, and with the snowploughing a lot of the salt end up in the bogs & grass alonng the road making one tasty meal for the moose. During this trip, even if in August, we did see a moose in a swamp along the road, but by the time we stopped he had already gone back in the wood. This second one was captured from the deck of the visitor center. Even with the Minolta converter, he was just very far away. But they had Bushnell scopes on the deck, so I got to see him up close and personal....but could not capture it.

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Guest 01-Jun-2008 14:29
I have been to that viewing deck a hundred times, and although I've searched patiently, I've never seen a live moose from there. Thanks for showing me one! Most of my moose-shots are of the Hwy 60 variety.
Claudio Gatti04-Aug-2004 21:59
Thanks Phil,

Yup, I had to work with what I have. I waited patiently for the moose to get to the water to have a contrasting background and a break in the green, in the hope that the silhouette would make it more recognizable. This was mostly instinct, since the moose was just a black blob in the LCD/EVF (this is a 100% crop), and I suspect that's why I had a longing for the focal lenght of those spotting scopes! I was pleasantly surprised how well the plan worked.

Phil Douglis04-Aug-2004 19:35
You don't need to capture a moose up close to make it work, Claudio. You do very well here by relating its huge scale to an even larger landscape. You position it well in the frame, and offer it context by stressing its domain instead of its appearance.