March 2018 - After a big dumping of snow early in the week, the sun finally came out and I managed to get out with the camera. The wildlife were really moving after the storm and I managed to find several deer and some Hungarian Partridge. The highlight of the day though was a moose I noticed bedded down just inside the bush line along a grid road. It stood up as I slowed down but didn't seem too alarmed until the RM grader came along and the moose took off deeper into the bush. I explored a few other areas for a while and then returned to the same spot thirty minutes later. It was standing about 30 yards back in the bush, browsing on poplar branches but seemed to be heading my way so I setup with my Nikon 200-500mm lens. The moose kept working it's way towards me browsing on branches and I managed to get several great shots through the trees. Just as the first moose got to the edge of the bush, I noticed a second moose coming in from behind me. It joined up with the first moose and the two of them fed along the edge of the bush for thirty minutes until I finally had to leave. I ended up with approximately 300 photos. A few of my favorites are on the right.
February 2018 - It's been a long winter and there hasn't been any racing going on to photography. I started trying some Northern Lights photography and while editing the photographs, I noticed the rotation of the earth's impact on the stars. I've always been intrigued by the photographs I've seen of star circles so I merged twelve of my northern lights photos together to see if anything appeared. There were some short star trails but 12 photos just wasn't enough. A few days later I headed out again with everything I needed to collect a larger series of shots. I used my Ultra-Wide Angle 14mm lens, set at f/4.0 on ISO 500 with a 30 second shutter speed. The timer took a photo every 45 seconds for an hour and 15 minutes and collected 98 photos. I also tried some light painting on the side of the grain elevator. The results are on the right:
Here's a slide show of some of my favorite photos: