The Shiras Moose of Colorado


With Summer coming to an end, so goes another season of Moose Photography in Colorado.

My moose photography season lasts from June through the end of August when the hunting season begins. I’m not interested in contending with hunters and subjecting myself to misplaced projectiles, thus I don’t normally spend much time photographing moose after the Labor Day holiday.

To use the hunting vernacular, I’ve harvested over 8,500 in focus photographs of moose this season. That’s a solid effort. The old photographers saying goes, “If you get one good photograph a day, it’s a good day.” I don’t even have a count of “good” photographs from this summer, but I’m certain it averages out to better than one good shot a day. I’ll take it.

A lot of wildlife photographers pay big bucks to go to the Tetons or Alaska for their moose photos. I typically use a half tank of gasoline per day in the pickup truck to get my fix. Economies of scale here. My dollar per moose expense ratio is pretty good and considering the income I derive from these photos, moose images ultimately pay for themselves, year after year. I can’t shake the mentality of keeping the economics of photography in line with income derived from photography. That’s the businessman in me taking charge, but it’s not really about business, it’s about my anal retentiveness, personal desires and justification for spending far more time exercising my passion for getting photographs of these and other subjects.

I’ve developed a distinct photography cycle, alternating between subjects on a seasonal basis. These subjects are based on subject opportunity and popularity of my results. I’m already planning, with great anticipation I would add, for my next photographic subject. Autumn Photography.

Along with the change of season, this year I am changing my business model too. I’ll no longer be offering paid workshops and tours for moose. Not to say I’ll stop photographing moose, it has more to do with my losing interest in the workshop environment. I’ll instead organize club and private shoots with my friends and colleagues around the country. It’s much less stressful. I’ve never liked the competitiveness of professional workshop hosting. I know a number of photographers who have to do this to make a living. I’ve decided that in the future, I’m going to concentrate on enjoying it for myself and sharing that enjoyment with like minded friends, new and old.

As my rubber raft of retirement drifts further from the shore, I’m finding more that I need that proverbial Chicken Soup for the Soul.

All this bloviating aside, here are a few of my most recent moose photographs from 2018. It’s been a fun summer and now it’s time to move on. Not to say that you won’t be seeing more moose photos from me as the days go by, as I have thousands of images I have not even looked at. When I find a good one, you’ll see it.

That’s what my photography is about. Showing you what I’ve seen and what I’ve experienced. For those who can’t get out in nature to explore this amazing experience first hand, I’ll show you and tell you what it’s like so you can daydream and enjoy the world beyond every-day life and all the distraction it generates.

When I’m taking photos, there are no Conservatives or Liberals. There’s just me, the mountains and the reality of life as I see it from my view of the road.

I hope you enjoy my view of the road. I sure do.

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