How Was It Taken Series - Episode 2

In this episode, let's look at a wildlife picture - a coyote hunting alone in a snow storm at the Yosemite National Park.


Location: Yosemite National Park near Valley View. 

Time: We spent the Christmas holiday in the Yosemite National Park in 2015. We were driving along the main loop drive (Northside Dr and Southside Dr) with snow chains installed, and spotted this coyote hunting around the area. It was a snowy day as you can see from the picture, but it is the snowflakes that really conveys the conditions in which those wild animals have to survive. 

Technique: To see the equipment we use to take wildlife photos, please check this article. The photo was taken hand-held with image stabilizer on, using the settings of 300 mm, 1/500s and 1600 ISO. Given that we had to use 300 mm on a APS-C camera, and the light was not abundant due to heavy snow, we had to bump up the ISO to 1600 unfortunately. The added noise is still acceptable though. Using 1/500s shutter speed also helped to freeze the motion of snowfalls on the back of this coyote. 

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