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Some people here probably have photos of this bull moose.

I created a page of images of him starting back in 2008 and moving forward until his death in 2013.

http://www.bestofthetetons.com/2014/12/19/elvis-king-of-the-gros-ventre/

Hope you take a minute to view it. Mike Jackson

Statistics: Posted by Mike Jackson — Fri Dec 19, 2014 5:09 pm


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Statistics: Posted by fundone2000-AL — Fri Dec 19, 2014 12:49 pm


Author: fundone2000-AL
Posted: December 19, 2014, 7:49 pm
Nice work, Rick. You got some fun poses from the standing bears.

Max

Statistics: Posted by Max — Fri Dec 19, 2014 8:27 am


Author: Max
Posted: December 19, 2014, 3:27 pm
My biggest misses were Sam's biggest hits: the fighting grizzlies and the grizzly mom with cubs. I was there around the same time in the Spring but didn't get those shots. Still bugs me.

As for my hits, they aren't nearly as good as Sam's...wish I lived as close as he did and could visit for as long, but a job and family prevent it.

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Statistics: Posted by RikWriter — Fri Dec 19, 2014 5:47 am


Author: RikWriter
Posted: December 19, 2014, 12:47 pm
A comparison page between lenses now includes the new 100-400 v2. The link below hopefully will take you to the 100-400 and Canon's prime 500 version 1 which I am very happy with. You can toggle between views of the two and change between lenses. The new 100-400 looks very impressive. :D

http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/ISO-12233-Sample-Crops.aspx?Lens=972&Camera=453&Sample=0&FLI=4&API=1&LensComp=117&CameraComp=0&FLIComp=0&APIComp=0

Bill

Statistics: Posted by wguss — Thu Dec 18, 2014 11:37 am


Author: wguss
Posted: December 18, 2014, 6:37 pm
Love 'em all, Sam! But the portrait of the red fox is my favorite....so endearing, sharp as a tack and the exposure is perfect.

Statistics: Posted by yellvet — Thu Dec 18, 2014 10:48 am


Author: yellvet
Posted: December 18, 2014, 5:48 pm
Rod, you're such a lucky devil!! Bill and I expect a full report after you've given it a whirl.

Statistics: Posted by yellvet — Thu Dec 18, 2014 10:42 am


Author: yellvet
Posted: December 18, 2014, 5:42 pm
And then there's traveling with them. It is becoming a real pain in the a@@ with the airlines as many are now starting to weigh your carry-on bag. With the 1 bag check-in limit on many airlines and your tripod already in your suitcase, adding a super-tele would leave little room for clothes. The 50 pound limit is easy to exceed, too.

On a recent domestic flight in Australia I was charged $150 for overweight fees for our carry-on luggage and that didn't include my camera roll-on which by itself weighs just shy of 50 pounds. I kept it hidden behind the counter when we were told there was a maximum carry-on weight of 22 pounds for 1 bag. Our next domestic flight I paid $44.00 before hand for extra luggage but then found out that didn't include carry-on luggage and I had to throw my 500mm lens in a dufflebag surrounded by clothes at the check-in counter. :roll: Oh, and the girl behind the counter said they were about to lower their carry-on on weight limit to 15 pounds!

Traveling is becoming depressing. :(

Statistics: Posted by wguss — Thu Dec 18, 2014 10:33 am


Author: wguss
Posted: December 18, 2014, 5:33 pm
Great set of images. #1 really stands out.

Statistics: Posted by DGeorge — Wed Dec 17, 2014 7:55 pm


Author: DGeorge
Posted: December 18, 2014, 2:55 am
Well, Sam's back with a bang! Great hits! Fantastic all, but the dancing pair of song dogs really strikes my fancy.

Glad I'm not the only one to have those days. Shows that not only do you have to put in time and effort, but also patience and a decent dose of good timing. Of course, the more time you out in, the better the odds is having the right timing at least some of the time (ala fighting griz).

~Katie

Statistics: Posted by Katie — Wed Dec 17, 2014 7:29 pm


Author: Katie
Posted: December 18, 2014, 2:29 am
Sam, you had some nice highlights, for sure. And your bad day sounds like a shorter version of my entire 2011 spring trip. ;)

Max

Statistics: Posted by Max — Wed Dec 17, 2014 3:38 pm


Author: Max
Posted: December 17, 2014, 10:38 pm
Haven't posted pics to YNet in far too long, so this seems like a good opportunity. I had a pretty good year in the park and surrounding area. I spent around 160 days photographing in the GYE. I know I'm leaving some out, but here are some favorites:

Image_DSC7669 by Sam Parks Photography, on Flickr
Dancing coyotes, January

Image_DSC9701 by Sam Parks Photography, on Flickr
Canyon pack wolf, February

Image_DSC5885 by Sam Parks Photography, on Flickr
Pretty Teton fox, March

Image_DSC3991 by Sam Parks Photography, on Flickr
Big boar, early May

Image_DSC5183 by Sam Parks Photography, on Flickr
Triplets, late May

Image_DSC9318 by Sam Parks Photography, on Flickr
Grizzly/Wolf Confrontation, mid June

Image_DSC0413 by Sam Parks Photography, on Flickr
Nursing yearling, late June

ImageDSC_7974 by Sam Parks Photography, on Flickr
Bull moose in the river, September

This was my biggest "near hit". These two amazing grizzly fights occurred about 2 minutes after I got set up at the carcasses near Lehardy Rapids in early May. Others weren't so fortunate; Keith (lodge trail here on YNet), Bob Landis, and others had just arrived to the parking lot and heard the sounds of the bears fighting. They came running out as fast they could, but just a little too late. Sorry Keith :D. It was very early in the morning. These are definitely not "technically flawless" images, they are pretty high ISO and slow shutter speeds, but are still some of my favorite images I've ever taken.

Image_DSC3090 by Sam Parks Photography, on Flickr

Image_DSC3122 by Sam Parks Photography, on Flickr

My biggest "near miss" was actually a series of misses, lasting an entire day in ealry June. My most unlucky day - a day that I could do nothing right. We all have them. The night before, a mule deer doe had just given birth to two fawns near the road. My plan for the morning was to look around for the mule deer fawns for about an hour and also spend some time looking for pronghorn fawns near the North Entrance and then head up to Norris-Mammoth to spend the day looking for grizz. Well my hour had passed, but I decided to give it 30 more minutes (I should not have). Finally, I went up to Swan Lake Flats. There was a bear eating an elk calf. Cool, I thought, I'm gonna get some pics. Well, that feeling passed, when my friend beckoned me over to his camera to show me what occurred 5 minutes before I got there. The bear had drug away this stillborn calf right by the road. He had the most amazing images. Now, this is something I have wanted to photo for a long time and this was the PERFECT situation. The calf was stillborn, so you don't see the terror in the calf's eyes, the light was absolutely perfect, it was in a clearing in the sagebrush. And I missed it by 5 minutes. Had I stuck to the plan, I would have been there. So here I am getting some "okay" images of the bear feeding on the carcass, nothing really great. I then head back down to the North Entrance to look for the mule deer and pronghorn fawns again. When I get there, another friend of mine told me both the muley fawns and the pronghorn fawns had been out 20 minutes earlier and that it was "the best pronghorn fawn photos I have ever gotten." Great, another miss. So I decide to stick around for a couple hours...nothing. I head back up to Norris-Mammoth road and, just south of Swan Lake Flats, I am informed that I just missed my very favorite bear, the Obsidian sow, putting on a show with her yearling cub. Another miss! It's getting late in the day, by this point. I decided to head back down to Gardner Canyon to spend the rest of the day looking for the fawns. I should not have done this. About 20 minutes after I get down there, my friend calls me up to inform that Quad Mom and her COY were hunting on Swan Lake Flats, and that she had crossed the road, not once, not twice, but three times! Perhaps my worst day ever in the park! I could nothing right! I think the moral of the story is, don't spread yourself too thin. Had I stayed in one spot, I would have gotten some pretty good stuff. Instead, I was jumping around and ended up missing everything.

Statistics: Posted by samparks23 — Wed Dec 17, 2014 2:45 pm


Author: samparks23
Posted: December 17, 2014, 9:45 pm
What photos are you particularly pleased with from your 2014 adventures in the GYE? Any big misses you regret?

~Katie

Statistics: Posted by Katie — Wed Dec 17, 2014 12:24 pm


Author: Katie
Posted: December 17, 2014, 7:24 pm
Mike, Excellent documentary on one of my favorite films. Over the years I have tried to visualize what it must have looked like when filmed. You brought several things to light that I hadn't thought of the three trees for one. Its a shame nothing was ever done to preserve the Taylor cabin. Thanks for the historical insight.

Don

Statistics: Posted by DGeorge — Wed Dec 17, 2014 10:18 am


Author: DGeorge
Posted: December 17, 2014, 5:18 pm
I'd love to have a combo of the 600 and the 200-400, but that comes with a hefty price tag. My 500mm has been my favorite lens for some time, but lately I've been forced to think about something a bit longer. Shooting full frame (the 1DX is wonderful), I've been in a few situations in the last couple years when I wished I could've been just a bit tighter. And my upcoming snow leopard trip really has me worried that I won't have enough reach (one reason I picked up a 7DII).

I don't think one can go wrong either way, but if budget is not a concern and one finds themselves shooting a lot in locations that demand length (Yellowstone, Africa), I imagine the 600 paired with the 200-400 or 100-400 would be an ideal combo.

Max

Statistics: Posted by Max — Wed Dec 17, 2014 8:39 am


Author: Max
Posted: December 17, 2014, 3:39 pm

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