Surveying her domain

Snow Photography

My first attempt at snow photography would be in the US and would be like no other trip we had ever done. Snow and sub zero temperatures would be the norm but we would be fulfilling another dream – to photograph wildlife in ice and snow.

Mountain Lion in snow

I was so excited because our target species would be big cats, my favourite mammal.

Staring through the snow

I mean, where else would I get the opportunity to photograph an amur tiger running towards me in snow?

Tiger running in the snow

The snow gave us clean backgrounds which made our subjects simply pop.

Bobcat in wintry snow

Although, maybe not so much when the subject happened to be a siberian lynx in its winter coat.

Looking over my shoulder

The canadian lynx was easier as her pelt was grey/brown in colour.

Canadian Lynx stare

The black panther was less than pleased to be out in the snow. She proved to be a challenge due to her colouring but we simply exposed for her and this seemed to work well.

Run

For the gorgeous black fox, I decided to turn the image black and white to keep the image clean. Yes, I know the fox is not a cat but given the opportunity to do a spot of snow photography with other mammals, we jumped at the chance.

Black Fox in snow

There was also the opportunity to photograph other species such as bears and wolves.

Bears at play snow photography

The wolf pack proved to be a lot of fun and provided us with many opportunities to capture their natural behaviour.

Wolf Pack

But for me, the highlight was hearing the whole pack howl in response to the alpha female’s call. So hauntingly beautiful and such an honour to hear and witness.

Call of the wild

If you would like to see more images from this trip, please check out my gallery below.

2 Comments

  1. Praveen Yerramothu

    Mr Miles..! Fantastic photography, love all the shots. Thanks very much for sharing such beautiful images. I’m a beginner/amateur photographer specialized in birds. I’m inspired by your photography skills. Could you please share what body and lens do you use mostly? I have a 6D with sigma 150-600mm but I want to upgrade soon to a prime lens Canon 400mm f2.8 IS USM.

    • Hi Praveen, it’s Mrs Miles 🙂 Thank you for your kind compliment! I use a Canon 1Dx MK ii with a variety of prime lenses. My favourite is the 300mm f/2.8 as it is light and versatile when combined with converters. I have the 400mm f/2.8 too and whilst it is a fabulous lens, it’s a tad on the heavy side for me to hand hold for long.

      If you love birds and fancy a trip to Europe, I run bird photography holidays to Spain. You can check out the images here – http://natureslens.co.uk/event/birds-of-calera-spain-photography-holiday/

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