Foggy Dawn

Equipment Info
Canon Canon EOS 5D Mark II
5643856/1000000 sec. / ISO 800
State/Province/Region
Alaska
Nearest Area
Kenai National Wildlife Refuge
Town
Kenai
Notes

EF 200-400mm + 1.4x @ 560mm; f/16, 1/50 sec, ISO 800

Description

Blanketed in fog, a Caribou cow and calf graze on lichens in the wetlands along the Kenai River at dawn with a waning crescent moon overhead. To capture this image I went to the Bridge Access Road on many pre-dawn mornings, searching for caribou, under specific conditions. Many times I was rewarded with those favorable conditions—dense ground fog, clear twilight skies filled with warm light just before the disc of the sun appeared—and, on this day, the waning crescent moon was perched over the mountains. Initially I thought this was going to be yet another caribou-free event. Then, suddenly, the cow and calf began to appear through the fog, feeding on lichens, becoming more or less distinct as the fog shifted. Still, they were far from my position and my longest telephoto lens was required to make them large enough to be recognizable, especially when partially obscured by the fog. The long telephoto lens compresses the distance with little depth of field. Therefore, three captures—foreground, middle ground, background—were required to render the image sharp throughout.

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Date Added
February 13, 2021
Date Taken
April 3, 2016