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Featured Yellowstone and a thank you (image heavy)

Discussion in 'Scenic, Architecture, and Travel' started by DefectiveMonk, Sep 18, 2018.

  1. DefectiveMonk

    DefectiveMonk Mu-43 Regular Subscribing Member

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    Jan 19, 2018
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    Mark
    Before I left for this family vacation (not photo-centric trip) I asked about taking a long lens and the opinion was split. I ended up renting the Panasonic 100-400mm and am VERY glad I did. I wish I'd found a way to take an UWA as well but made do with stitched panos.

    I hesitate to post these since I see all the amazing photo threads on the front page but I'm proud of these images. None of them is perfect and all of them have something I'd do different if I had the chance again but they are all a HUGE improvement over anything I'd have taken last year. Which leads me to the thank you.

    Over the last 9 months Micro Four Thirds and this forum have made me a better photographer in every way. Between shooting frequently again (because of the size of the camera) and the amount of incredible knowledge that is shared on this forum I've made what I would have said were impossible strides. So thank you all for the knowledge and guidance you share in a friendly, supporting forum. And now to the photos
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    YellowstoneBetter-1 by Defective Monk, on Flickr
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    YellowstoneBetter-2 by Defective Monk, on Flickr
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    YellowstoneBetter-3 by Defective Monk, on Flickr
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    I thought this was the most accommodating pronghorn ever as it just stood still as a statue for about a minute while I took this shot. Easiest wildlife picture ever. Until I got home and loaded the image into Lightroom and saw the huge stream of urine that has since been cloned out.

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    YellowstoneBetter-7 by Defective Monk, on Flickr

    The people who made this trip possible and put up with my photography while there.

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    YellowstoneBetter-8 by Defective Monk, on Flickr

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    YellowstoneBetter-9 by Defective Monk, on Flickr
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    YellowstoneBetter-10 by Defective Monk, on Flickr
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  2. sbm

    sbm Mu-43 Regular Subscribing Member

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    Jul 15, 2018
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    Sam
    All of these are good, but I’m a complete sucker for the beautiful light you captured in the third and fourth ones.
    I’ve been looking at getting something longer than my 45-150mm, but haven’t pulled the trigger. The ones you shot at 400mm show me why I ought to snag one when possible. But the splendor of these two you shot at much wider angles tells me I’ll be just fine until then.
     
  3. Kalifornier

    Kalifornier Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Apr 29, 2014
    California
    Nice pics!
     
  4. Schwert

    Schwert Mu-43 Regular

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    Very nice, Yellowstone offers so much diversity in subjects...from amazing unique geological phenomena, wondrous vistas, to a selection of flora and fauna that is hard to find anywhere else. Glad you had a great trip.

    I would put the urine stream back on the pronghorn...
     
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  5. Will Focus

    Will Focus Mu-43 All-Pro

    Looking at these large on your flicker links to them add a whole new wonderful dimension, especially that waterfall shot. If it were me, and good gosh thank dog it's not, I might think about cropping that one a litter tighter. Not much. Maybe equally around the perimeter until the branch at the top right disappears. All great shots ! Someday, someway I'll get out there.
     
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  6. DefectiveMonk

    DefectiveMonk Mu-43 Regular Subscribing Member

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    Jan 19, 2018
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    Mark
    Proof that even a boiling mud puddle can look good if you give it the right light :biggrin:

    Can't tell if you're serious or not. If you are, what's the rationale?

    I really wanted this one wide but, now that you say it, that tree branch is distracting. Maybe I'll 'shop it out instead of cropping.
     
  7. WT21

    WT21 Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Feb 19, 2010
    Boston
    Nice set and thanks for sharing. Glad this was put On the front page, as I missed it the first time.
     
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  8. Magua

    Magua Mu-43 Regular

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    Great shots, thanks for sharing. The bison is my favorite.:cool: 
     
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  9. AaronE

    AaronE Mu-43 Veteran

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    Great images. The non-photographers always need a thank you.
     
  10. DefectiveMonk

    DefectiveMonk Mu-43 Regular Subscribing Member

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    Jan 19, 2018
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    Mark
    Hahaha. This hitting the front page was super unexpected since it was from September. I took a screenshot because it's totally out of the blue and I feel honored.

    The sentiments expressed above still stand. I appreciate Micro Four Thirds and this site more every day.
     
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