Thanks for all the suggestions.
My wife wants the straight on exact representation rather than an art shot. I've taken to doing an overall shot and a close up of the main lower section combined with a neutral border and neutral dividing line.
She's happy, so I'm happy. :)
I'm no help in the lighting issue but I like the last two best. The second one would be better apart from the ?snowflakes? The one by the head and the OOF one by the tail.
Did you get your computers working to do some retouching?
I like that the third is on a rock instead of the usual...
I'm in Wasilla, AK. Basically in the are where urban becomes rural. From what I've seen moose go wherever they want or can find food. With bears hitting your neighbors trash that might be more of a reason they stay away.
Heck in Anchorage one wandered into the hospital...
Numbers would help go into more detail.
The 2nd of the first set is best to me. I like the cliff for reference. The 1st in this set the white sky just looks vacant.
In the second set I like the third one, they appear very nice and crisp and for me the bokeh isn't unpleasant.
This moose calf has been hanging around all winter mostly, with his mom. She disappeared, run down I fear as it seemed to early to kick him off when she stopped coming around.
*UPDATE* This young moose is probably in his second year. The cow and calf are fine. In fact the cow was on my front...
Also for the iPhone crowd ( maybe Android too, not sure) there is an app called Star Walk. It's awesome. Search function, heads up display, and timeline you can speed up slow down plus lots more.