Canon 6D, Tamron 150-600mm f/5-6.3 (gen 1) at 600mm, ISO 1600 1/1600 sec at f/9.0. No flash or tripod.
We see coyotes in our local park, but often at a distance, half-obscured by dry grass, or already heading away over the nearest ridge. That makes this encounter particularly memorable I was walking along the main trail in Wildcat Canyon Regional Park and noticed the gorgeous fall alders in the sun. I was about to leave them behind when I noticed a coyote above the trail. Time almost stood still as I realized it was likely going to head down the cut and cross the trail. I positioned myself so I could align the passing pup with the beautiful background. And wouldn't you know it, the coyote actually cooperated and walked through frame just where I hoped it would. I love this photo for so many reasons. First, it's a beautiful creature at home in it's habitat. Second, it's an impressive wildlife sighting for my local park that's fairly urban– I want my photography to help inspire and educate people to appreciate the natural spaces we have preserved here in the Bay Area. And finally, I love that this shot took foresight and planning, and was one of those moments I can point to in not being just a wildlife enthusiast snapping away with a camera but taking care with the artistic elements of the photograph as well.