The “Rose Cole Yelton Memorial Totem Pole” is located in the (you guessed it) “Totem Poles” area, at the southeast corner of Stanley Park. And it’s probably my favorite one in this area. The imagery on the totem pole is wonderful and its location makes it easier to photograph, since it’s nicely separated from the forest of other totem poles there.
By July, 2015 I'd made several photographs of this totem pole but none really grabbed me. So as I usually do, I kept going back under different lighting / weather conditions, hoping to get something special. One Saturday morning, I saw a nice arrangement of clouds in the sky, grabbed my camera gear, and headed over to try again. When I arrived, I noticed two crows sitting on one wing of the totem pole and knew this image was going to be special … IF I didn't scare them off.
I set up my tripod and camera, moving as slowly and quietly as I could. I expected that as soon as I was ready to click the shutter, the crows would have just flown off. But they stayed in place for another minute, allowing me to make several exposures. The one you see here is my favorite because the two crows turned to look at each other just before I clicked the shutter. They look regal, almost as if they're posing. Or perhaps they're whispering to each other about the dude staring at them …
After I photographed the top half of the totem pole, including the crows, I tilted down the camera and photographed the bottom. This way I got a 54MP digital capture, resulting in excellent detail throughout and giving me the opportunity to print the image very large. Even at 36”x36” you can see the smallest detail in the crows’ feathers, not to mention the exquisite woodwork in the totem pole itself.
Technical details: Nikon D800, Nikon 85mm f/1.8G, ISO 100, 1/125 sec, No filter
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