Scott -- Nice shots! Actually you gave us a third clue -- the lens used! Must have been in a museum or other display with dioramas of these beautiful creatures. Don't know the exact place, but am I getting close?
You guys are too sharp. Your exactly right. They were in the Vancouver Museum and they were dioramas. I shot the images using a wide open aperture to get blurring in the background. The animals are taxidermied and set in rocks or trees with painted backgrounds. If you look closely, you can see that the background is painted, but it was fun playing around to get the look of being outdoors in the wild.
The owl was actually a glass enclosed exhibit in very low light, so that probably should not have been included.
all shots were hand held and strange lighting, similar to stage lighting in a play. Interesting though.
Were these in Vancouver or Victoria? I know the Royal Museum in Victoria has some dioramas and thats the one we always go to. I can't remember going to the Vancouver museum, although I probably did as kid growing up in Vancouver and suberbs. It looks like I'll have to rectify my oversight!
Sandi, Here in BC, bears are more common than you may think. We've had bears in our back yard a couple of times in the past few years and I'll never forget the Halloween when I looked out to see if any more kids were coming and saw a large bear strolling down the street as calm as you please. In the bush, I've had one follow me after a bit of a confrontation. I always carry bear spray with me as I hike in the bush on my own quit a bit looking for wildlife shots.
Okay, this one is the real deal. This beauty was shot outside in very dark overcast skys during intermitent rain in late afternoon. horrible conditions. Hand held 85mm 1.4 lens shot at f2.0. I was using a D70.
Wanna guess where this one was shot. (Yes it was in Canada but where in Canada?)
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