Coyote blur

Coyote BlurCoyote Blur – Nikon D300, f6.3, 1/50, ISO 640, +0.3 EV, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 300mm, natural light, not baited or called in

Do not clean or adjust your glasses, this image really is that blurry!

I can’t say I created this on purpose, I can only say I spotted the Coyote eating falcon leftovers near the causeway to Antelope Island before the sun came up and when the Coyote took off running… I kept shooting. Out of 7 blurry images I only liked this one because the face was sharp (enough) while the rest of the Coyote is a blur. I’m not surprised it was blurry, my shutter speed was only 1/50!

Not my normal technique but I like it.



  1. Garen Johnson October 22, 2012 at 6:58 am

    I love this one Mia! I have been shooting a lot of race cars as of late and pan all the time, so I think this is perfect and adds a great sense of motion that a fast shutter never would have!

    • Mia McPherson October 24, 2012 at 1:25 pm

      Thanks Garen, good to see you here!

  2. Susan October 18, 2012 at 6:19 am

    Lovely photo Mia:)

    • Mia McPherson October 24, 2012 at 1:25 pm

      Thank you Susan, the Coyote was a great subject.

  3. Scott (@NESASK) October 17, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    You may not have planned it, but the effect is terrific. It conveys the motion very well. Love the shot.

  4. Humming Bird Lover October 17, 2012 at 11:13 am


    I have such great thougths and loving memories of All the critters on the Island. Thank you for showing so many wonderful shots of many of them I saw you shootting them at that time. Looking forword to many more great pictures! love ya 2

    • Mia McPherson October 24, 2012 at 1:24 pm

      Mom, I’m glad you have such great memories of the island, it was wonderful to show you the places I love so much here. I love you too.

  5. M. Firpi October 17, 2012 at 4:38 am

    I love this. Panning with wildlife is great and it looks so great with a coyote.

  6. Colin Michaelis October 16, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    Mia, while this is not your normal style, I think it is highly effective. As I practice panning, I realize that sometimes the best image is one that contains blur, not just of the background, but the subject too. The ideal is getting the key part of subject crisp and you nailed this with the head and eye. Then you have the best combination – a real sense of motion and the focus on the subject. I intend to plagiarize your technique. 😉

    • Mia McPherson October 24, 2012 at 1:22 pm


      Thank you for your kind comment, I’ve also grown to appreciate motion blur in some of my images because it conveys the sense of movement so well.

  7. Jim Braswell October 16, 2012 at 7:13 am

    Great catch, Mia, been there and done that! One of the many challenges of early morning wildlife photography … you captured it well.

    • Mia McPherson October 24, 2012 at 1:21 pm

      Thanks Jim, we do face challenges with wildlife and nature photography.

  8. Bob Bushell October 16, 2012 at 7:09 am

    That Coyote is brilliant, even blurred, it is lovely.

    • Mia McPherson October 24, 2012 at 1:20 pm

      Thank you very much for your comment Bob.

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