Moose Peterson is a storyteller. He’s best known as a photographer with a passion for wildlife and landscapes, but he’s also a writer and a filmmaker. In addition to storytelling, Moose is also an educator—he lectures thousands of photographers every year—and a lifelong learner.
As one of the original Nikon shooters to receive the D1 in 1999, Moose was an early adopter, becoming the only wildlife photographer in the world to shoot strictly digital in the early years.
Moose Peterson: Innovation
Moose continues to be a creative innovator of new techniques both behind the camera and the computer, which is the driving force behind his photography.
“The thing about photography that people have a hard time understanding and incorporating into their photograph is the fact that our vision is a pretty amazing tool,” Moose says. “We see things very 3D, but our prints are very flat. They’re two dimensional.”
Perhaps even one dimensional, he explains further, noting that the flat image is up on a wall, usually, and the audience can’t see the details, unless you, the photographer, put them in there.
Why TruLife® Acrylic?
It’s a material like TruLife Acrylic, Moose states, that helps elevate the innate flatness. That’s one of the reasons he loves it so much: “TruLife Acrylic brings out that depth, even though it’s a flat piece of paper … It brings a life to the photograph that, to me, is very important.” The other reason he loves it so much is a little more practical.
The image Moose had face mounted was taken in Minot, North Dakota. “It’s a very unique Waco,” Moose explains. To learn more about the backstory, watch the video below.
“When I present plane owners and pilots with this print—because, you have to realize, these people have very expensive aircraft,” he says. “Some of them call them toys—the planes aren’t parked at their house. They’re parked in a hangar at an airport. If they want to really enjoy their aircraft, they have to go to the airport, or… look at my photograph. So in some cases that print is very important to bring that life out.”
“I love pilots,” he continues. “And they’re very meticulous with their aircraft, buuut, they have grease everywhere.”
As a result, Moose notes that one of TruLife Acrylic’s most redeeming characteristics is its ability to protect the prints in question. TruLife Acrylic is a “real win-win for showing off my stories.”
For a photographer of Moose’s caliber and experience, the challenges are usually the uncontrollable aspects of outdoor photography. Like clouds. “Bald skies. I hate bald skies. They have no emotion to them, or expression.”
This shot was taken with a Nikon D750 and a 24-70 mm VR lens. He used this camera for a very specific reason, but you’ll have to watch the video to learn his strategic hack.
Moose Peterson: The Interview
Check out our discussion with Moose.
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