As mentioned in an earlier post, The Madison River was an excellent spot to see wildlife. If one was to do it justice, they would need to spend most mornings and evenings there for at least a week. If one lived in the area, they could not spend too much time there. I am sure that over a period of time, one could obtain some stunning photographs and video in the area.
I left the 500mmF4 and the XL-H1 camcorder at home, as I did not want the hassle of transporting all of the equipment on the aircraft. As a result I was without my favorite long range tools.
I found that in many cases during this trip, one had to make do with less than ideal light or the right equipment for the job, but that is a necessary part of trying to cover a large amount of territory in a limited amount of time.
At any rate, we start today's photos with a sunset taken from along The Madison River toward West Yellowstone, and then proceed to an early morning encounter with a heron and a herd of elk in the same area.
The rut was just beginning and a lone 5x5 Bull was chasing cows about in the meadows along The Madison River. He was bugling occasionally. I would really have liked to have the Canon XL-H1 and a powerful telephoto for some of these encounters!
I am a firm believer in using a tripod if possible, but in this instance I fell into my usual trap. I had only one tripod. One can change the head to use with a still or video camera. Since it is almost impossible to handhold professional quality video, I had the video head mounted in many instances during the trip which meant I had to handhold the still cameras, which lead to me using a higher ISO than I would have liked in some cases so as to obtain sufficient shutter speeds to avoid unsharp photographs.
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