Posts from the ‘Elk’ Category

Silhouettes on the Madison

Focal Length: 400, F/Stop: 4, Exposure Time: 1/8,000

Being back here in Montana and being in Alaska for the past 13 years, I really wanted to get that Elk silhouette image on the Madison River in yellowstone that, as a kid, I used to see all the time in National Geographic Magazines …… and as my father use to show me when he would take me to the park and say ….. “did you bring your browny, so you can get that picture of your elk”. And then I would get that film developed …. and I would look for that one silhouette picture that was not there ….. As a kid I was disappointed … not knowing photography as good as I do now ….. silhouettes, back then, for me was the hardest pictures to take.

Focal Length: 400, F/Stop: 3.2, Exposure Time: 1/8,000

Now days silhouettes are not that hard for me,when you learn how to do them properly. What makes a good silhouette in my opinion is not so much in how you make that image …. but the most important ingredient in that image, I think for that perfect silhouette is the ‘MOOD” in the photograph…… Course this is all in the beholder of the photograph too…..So in these two images …. you be the judge …….. Thanks


Un-Noticed Cow Elk

Focal Length: 400, F/Stop: 2.8, Exposure Time: 1/640 Time of Image: Monday, October 4, 2010 6:13 AM

Focal Length: 400, F/Stop: 2.8, Exposure Time: 1/800 Time of Image: Monday, October 4, 2010 6:13 AM

Focal Length: 400, F/Stop: 2.8, Exposure Time: 1/640, Time of Image: Monday, October 4, 2010 6:34 AM

As Wildlife Photographers we’re always looking for those animals with the big racks Bulls, Bucks, Rams ect… or we’re looking for babies for that cute factor.  It seems to me, we often pass up some beautiful shots because we’re looking for these specific shots.  We need to stop and look for the beauty we’re over looking.    “Females”…. Females in all species of animals.  I think females are the most un-photographed and least appreciated of all the animal kingdom.  I mean after all, if you think about it, the females are what brings all of the big bulls or big bucks into this world.  I think it’s time that all Wildlife Photographers, including myself, spend some time thinking on how to shoot the females of all species  and make their images as appreciated as the images of the Big Bulls and Big Bucks. The three images that I have above are going to be my start of bringing the females of the species into the same realm as the Big Bulls, Big Bucks and Big Rams.

Early Morning Elk

This is an image that I just keep coming back to, because of the light. At the time I took this image the lighting was not quite there, and as I was waiting for the light to get right, these three Cow Elk stepped into the water of the MadisonRiver. I didn’t think these 3 would stop …. but they did stop and then looked to the left, right at the time I hit the shutter.

When I got it loaded up on my Mac …. I couldn’t believe my eyes, because I did hit the shutter at the right time the with the right light and the right angle. I found that I really didn’t have to do much on the Mac as far as corrections. But every time I look into my archives and run into this shot, I have to stop and remember how it got the way. I just wanted to put it out there so I could see what kind of feed back I can get and see if it’s the same as mine.

Focal Length: 400, F/Stop: 2.8, Exposure Time: 1/4,000, Time of Image: Monday, October 4, 2010 6:01 AM