I’ve been hoofin it lately to get the pictures of Yellowstone’s big boys post processed and uploaded to the Smugmug galleries (link here). This particular set posed a bit of a problem due to the noise that came from the high ISO they were shot at. If I remember correctly, all but the last shot here was taken the first day we were in Yellowstone and has the distinction of being the second animal we encountered out there (and reason why it was selected as the second post of the large mammal series). Giselle and David were with us that morning and they actually alerted us to the spot where we found this specimen.
They had a similar encounter on a previous outing out there. As predicted, we found this particular one taking a stroll along the rocky slopes. I was eager to try out the Beast but to be honest was still trying to get comfortable with it. As a result I overcompensated with the ISO on a few of the shots to address a dreary (and cold) morning. This left some extra post processing to get rid of the additional noise and draw out some extra clarity/sharpness. Most importantly, it gave me a chance to get some practice shots off before we entered the heart of Yellowstone. These first two are definitely my favorites of the set since you can quickly distinguish the animal from the background.
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