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SITKA Team | 11.3.2019

#DIVERGE8 Challenge: Harvest

  • Environment: Elevated II
  • Pursuit: Whitetail

Each month we have a new challenge within the #DIVERGE8 Photo Contest. The challenge for the month of November is HARVEST.

Submit photos that uniquely display the harvest and you’ll be eligible to win #DIVERGE8 Limited Edition hats and a $100 gift card to B&H Photo. We still want you to submit any and all photos relative to the contest. This challenge is for additional giveaways within the month of November. Read on to hear from our #DIVERGE8 Judge Austin Thomas on how to uniquely capture moments around the Harvest.

The challenge with capturing great harvest photos is focusing on the story around the animal, not necessarily the animal itself. I love to see the emotion from the hunter in a way that helps me feel the image, capturing those raw moments that we can’t get back.

Tip 1: Carry Two Bodies With Different Lenses

As a professional photographer, I always make sure I am carrying two bodies when my subjects are looking for an animal. There is always a need for tight portraits, but it’s equally important to incorporate a broader sense of place and landscape. If two camera bodies is not an option for you, I recommend having extra lenses attached to your hip. Make sure you’re giving yourself the ability to tell the whole story when you’re in the field.
Deer hunter inspects his buck on a late season whitetail hunt in the snow.

Tip 2: Define Harvest For Yourself

There are many ways to portray “the harvest.” It could be the actual harvest, the hunter’s first moment with the animal, the pack out, the comradery with friends and family or the preparation of a meal post-hunt. What does harvest mean to you?
Alex Templeton overcome with emotion after shooting a nice buck with her bow.

Tip 3: Take Off Your Camera Strap

We all get lazy at times, but being ready when it matters is a huge key in photography. When shooting harvest photos I force myself to take off the camera strap to my main camera. The best moments to capture usually happen when you’re not ready. The easiest way to fix that is to have your camera in your hand. Powerful moments happen when the hunter first finds or puts eyes on the harvest. So always be anticipating and always be shooting.
John Dudley preparing to eat his harvest.