Panning, Motion, Low Light and a Coyote Blur

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Coyote on the causeway in low lightCoyote on the causeway in low light – Nikon D810, f6.3, 1/200, ISO 400, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light, not baited or called in

Low light, a slow shutter speed, panning and a Coyote in motion all combined to create this Coyote blur image. I knew when I saw the Coyote running in low light along the causeway to Antelope Island State Park that most of the frames I took were going to be poor quality but that I also might get lucky and create a pleasing blur, one where at least the eye of the Coyote was sharp. Out of the thirty-four images I took this was the only one I found appealing.

Most of the Coyote is sharp but its legs are blurry because of motion and the ground beneath its feet is also blurry because I was panning my lens to track the Coyote as it ran along the shoreline of the Great Salt Lake three days ago.

I know this Coyote blur isn’t everyone’s cup of tea but I know I like it.

Happy Thanksgiving to all! I have a lot to be thankful for.

Life is good.


P.S. The Coyotes on the island have gotten their thick winter coats, I hope to photograph more of them soon.


  1. Molly November 29, 2015 at 9:38 pm

    Lovely, thank you

  2. Utahbooklover November 26, 2015 at 3:56 pm

    Good work Mia. And wishing you a happy Thanksgiving too.

  3. Elephant's Child November 26, 2015 at 11:41 am

    My cup of tea too.
    Thank you for hosting this tea party.

  4. Liz Cormack November 26, 2015 at 8:59 am

    This is definitely my cup of tea too. Happy Thanksgiving!

  5. Rohrerbot November 26, 2015 at 8:31 am

    Happy Thanksgiving back at you! Have a wonderful weekend!

  6. Cindy November 26, 2015 at 9:01 am

    Love the coyote and that you were there to photograph him. Hopefully he’ll stay warm. Quite cold today here in Utah. Happy Thanksgiving Mia and to the rest of you. 🙂

  7. Nancy Collins November 26, 2015 at 6:11 am

    My cup of tea too! Love it Mia! Happy Thanksgiving!

  8. steven kessel November 26, 2015 at 6:06 am

    Definitely my cup of tea and the blur plus the sharp eye only makes it better. 1/34 is a great capture rate in a situation like this. Congrats.

  9. Bob Mcpherson November 26, 2015 at 5:58 am

    Beautiful capture, Mia. Love the coyotes. He looks to have a nice heavy wintry coat on.

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