Went to Brazos Bend SP this past weekend, there was quite a bit of wildlife activity. Not my best work, felt a bit rusty, but here are a few shots (all with the 70-200VR + TC-17 at 340mm). Comments welcome.
LOL, I'm brave but not that brave. For the most part the alligators here are ambivalent to people (although there are signs warning you to keep a close eye on children and small pets). But this guy was big enough that I'm not so sure he wouldn't take on an adult, especially since it's currently mating season which is why the gators were out in such large numbers and more active than usual.Jeff, it would have been much sharper and more DOF had you been using say a 17 or 24mm on the first shot. But then you would have been just a teensy bit closer. Guess the 70-200 with TC was the right choice.
The perspective is compressed a bit by the telephoto but I would estimate they were about 50-75 feet away (which is closer than it sounds really). They were looking out in the water for alligators and never even saw this guy (who had to be 12 feet long) crossing the trail behind them, it was pretty funny. There were flabbergasted a few minutes later when we told them what happened and showed them the picture.The first pic here is really puzzling me: are these folks, kids and all, anywhere near the gator crossing the road and not even paying attention to it? Or is there a physical separation that we don't see here? Or just the distance being compressed by the perspective?
Hi Don,drueter said:Nice series of shots, Jeff! I've only lived in the Houston area a couple of years and haven't made it to Brazos Bend yet -- but based on these shots I'll move it up on my list of places to visit soon! Any pointers on the parts of the park that are best for wildlife photos?
Thanks, although I was a little disappointed with that shot. I wanted to do better, but just couldn't find an angle to give me the subject isolation I wanted; plus it would have been better if the mother was up out of the water a bit more. But those darn alligators just don't know how to take posing instructions.Leigh said:Those are just wondeful! I'm with everyone else who commented on the one w/the baby on the adult...that's a special shot!