“The Man”, an image shot by professional wildlife photographer Jeff Mitchum, is the perfect example of simplicity, and balance of light and power. It shows a moose walking across the vast Alaskan wilderness with the massive Mount McKinley, also known as Denali (the High One) by the local people – the largest mountain in North America – as the backdrop. The image, as breathtaking as it is, doesn’t tell you the real story!
Jeff’s drove his bike almost 300 km across the wilderness before he saw the moose. Then, with Mount McKinley finally filling the background it all its majesty, he waited another five hours for the moose to walk into position so he could create his masterpiece. Jeff’s photography is widely sought-after and features in many museums include the Smithsonian Institute and Getty Museum.
When photographing on this level, patience is key and it reflects in your work. Neil Paprocki, the founder of Wild Lens (non-profit wildlife films) once stated that every time he grew impatient with his subjects, he didn’t get the shot! Here are some more tips for wildlife photography worth noting: