Carol Grenier’s interest in nature photography really took off with her first full-time job, a seasonal appointment as a surveyor in Yellowstone National Park which she calls, “the best job I ever had: working outdoors in a beautiful setting with abundant opportunities for recreation and nature photography.” Exposure to the stunning landscapes and wildlife of the western United States inspired a passion to capture the beauty of nature ever since. In recent years her images have been recognized in NANPA’s Expressions, Nature’s Best magazine, Audubon, and Denver Audubon.
Your Name: Carol Grenier
Title of Your Winning Image: Wolves re-establishing dominance
About your winning Showcase image:
1) How I Got the Shot
The Wapiti wolf pack had taken down a bison with a broken leg and unusually, it was in an open area near a road. The morning I saw this, wolves were resting in the snow well beyond the carcass, but occasionally made their way back to the kill. This involved lots of interaction as they wrestled and nipped at each other. I was trying to capture one of those moments when they were showing their formidable teeth, were close enough for a good shot, and were facing towards me and it all came together in this image.
2) What I Used
Equipment: Canon 1DX Mark II, Canon 600 mm lens, Canon 1.4X teleconverter, Really Right Stuff tripod
Camera settings: 1/800 sec, f8, ISO 400
Special techniques: Had to breathe out of the side of my mouth to keep the back of the camera from frosting over in the cold weather; otherwise, the wheel to adjust the shutter speed became inoperable.
3) About Me
I’m an enthusiastic hobbyist based out of Carson City, Nevada who has been shooting nature photography since high school.
My favorite subjects are birds and bears and my favorite locations are Yellowstone, south Texas, Florida, Antarctica, Alaska, and Africa.
4) My Photographic Journey
I strive to find a way to capture and show to others the beauty, complexity, and relationships of the natural world. There are endless subjects including ever-changing weather, scenery and animal behaviors, so maintaining interest in never a problem. Experiences that significantly contributed to my growth as a photographer include the advent of digital photography, allowing instant exposure feedback through the histogram; joining a local camera club to get critical evaluation; and attending a NANPA road show that opened my eyes to the possibilities of photo tours. I also benefitted from some great advice I got from Michael Francis, a former NANPA president.
5) NANPA and Me
I’ve been a NANPA member since 2010 and gave been recognized in every NANPA Showcase since 2013.
6) Where Can People Learn More About You?
I’m working on a website for later in 2019.
My NANPA Portfolio is: https://nanpa.org/portfolio/carol-grenier-2019/.