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Colorado Bull Elk

Postby Bobby Deal » Mon Dec 04, 2017 3:29 am

North Eastern Colorado has an abundance of Elk and this Septembers rut was a fun one.
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Re: Colorado Bull Elk

Postby Psjunkie » Mon Dec 04, 2017 4:56 am

Majestic...

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Postby Ernst-Ulrich Schafer » Mon Dec 04, 2017 6:00 am

Nice image Bobby. Great seeing you post.
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Re: Colorado Bull Elk

Postby LindaShorey » Mon Dec 04, 2017 2:30 pm

The first time I saw an elk in real life it was silhouetted against the sky on a hill, in late after light. Majestic is indeed the word. Bobby, I'm curious about the framing at the bottom that doesn't include the elk's hooves. Were you avoiding something in the way, such as closer grass or log?
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Re: Colorado Bull Elk

Postby Charles Haacker » Mon Dec 04, 2017 2:52 pm

LindaShorey wrote:[...] Majestic is indeed the word. Bobby, I'm curious about the framing at the bottom that doesn't include the elk's hooves. Were you avoiding something in the way, such as closer grass or log?

I had the same question about the crop. I think it works beautifully without the lower legs, I just wonder if there were a reason. I especially love the S-curve over-the-shoulder pose. Regal! :thumbup:
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Re: Colorado Bull Elk

Postby Bobby Deal » Mon Dec 04, 2017 6:19 pm

LindaShorey wrote:The first time I saw an elk in real life it was silhouetted against the sky on a hill, in late after light. Majestic is indeed the word. Bobby, I'm curious about the framing at the bottom that doesn't include the elk's hooves. Were you avoiding something in the way, such as closer grass or log?



Nope, I was shooting with a 300mm prime lens and was less than 50 feet from this bull. This was all that would fit in the frame. Here are a few more from the series.
He had been bedded with his harem on the side of a hill near the road. In these he had just got up to move the herd to the meadows and answer the bugle of a potential rival across the valley
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Re: Colorado Bull Elk

Postby Psjunkie » Mon Dec 04, 2017 6:31 pm

Nicely done, really enjoyed the last....

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Re: Colorado Bull Elk

Postby LindaShorey » Mon Dec 04, 2017 6:52 pm

I envy your "too close to fit all in the frame" dilemma. The only time that ever happens for me is at the elk and bighorn sheep feeding stations :)
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Re: Colorado Bull Elk

Postby Bobby Deal » Tue Dec 05, 2017 12:33 am

LindaShorey wrote:I envy your "too close to fit all in the frame" dilemma. The only time that ever happens for me is at the elk and bighorn sheep feeding stations :)


LOL Living in North Easter Colorado is like living in a zoo. We have so many options for photographing wildlife up close and personal without artificially gathering them is amazing

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Re: Colorado Bull Elk

Postby St3v3M » Wed Dec 06, 2017 3:35 am

The fall colors look amazing this time of year! You are blessed! S-
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