I can hear the cynics now. ‘Oh sure you didn’t see the branches when you took the photos and now you’re saying it’s some fancy approach to photography.’
I’m not saying that never happens since branches hone in on my lens like ticks to a moose. But in these cases, I was trying to get the effect of looking through branches which wasn’t that difficult since I was actually doing it. The challenge was that the branches were often waving around, sometimes violently, and the animals kept moving.
I often use tree trunks to frame a landscape image but I’m liking the effect of the branches in these photos. What do you think?
I was pleasantly surprised that this grizzly photo turned out OK. It was quite far away and I was desperately trying to get one last shot before it disappeared.
The wind was whistling by me causing the branches to dance all over this place. This was the only photo where the branches didn’t cover up the Yellowstone River. This doesn’t seem that far away until you look at the trees in the valley.
I saw that tiny opening between the branches and waited until the pelican swam into it. Polite pelican!
This one’s busy and I’m guessing most of the size perspective is gone. A little mystery is good now and then.
Shaggy just posed for me between the branches so I thot OK that works. The large distance between the branches changes how much they are blurred adding a three dimensional effect.