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Jun 22, 2012 23:18 |  #1

Here are some photos of two different bull elk and a bird (if you can find it) that I shot about a week ago. The elk are a little shaggy yet as they haven't completely shed their winter coat, and I realize some are a little close but sometimes it's not possible to zoom out far enough.

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Jun 23, 2012 07:48 |  #2

Excellent shots with great clarity and detail!!!

Their racks are already impressive. Makes you wonder how much more “bone” they will add the remainder of the summer. By late June you have a pretty good idea how they will look come fall.




  
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Jun 23, 2012 09:02 |  #3

Amazing shots! Where in Montana do you live? I live in Great Falls! What gear did you use?


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Jun 23, 2012 09:16 |  #4

magnificent shots!! i love the 3rd one...




  
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Jun 23, 2012 10:03 |  #5

beautiful shots, what a majestic animal




  
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Jun 23, 2012 14:36 |  #6

CRobH, thanks. Yes, at this stage the antlers are almost fully formed between the base on the skull and base at the 4th point, the only question is how much length the 4th and the beyond points will have. It does look like the front bull in the fourth photo might have a small sticker or deformity on the right 4th point.

studlymonkey, thank you, I live in Thompson Falls. I shot these with a Canon 800 and 5D MII, but I was kind of wishing I was packing a 500 or 600 lens.

photocopy, it was mostly cloudy with very brief moments where the sun shone through like in the 3rd photo. Thanks for the comment.

rick_reno, thanks for the comment.


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Jun 23, 2012 15:14 as a reply to  @ M50D's post |  #7

perfection! my hubby would love to love to see these:)


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Jun 23, 2012 15:19 |  #8

Great stuff there; I love the 'passenger' at the back of number 2!


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Jun 23, 2012 15:20 |  #9

I really love the 2nd shot, looks like he has an itch. Haha I couldn't imagine shooting with a 800, I bet it is sick!


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Jun 23, 2012 15:21 |  #10

Nice! VERY NICE! I'll have to show these to my hubby, I hope he doesn't drool on my keyboard!


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Jun 23, 2012 18:36 as a reply to  @ LHeyden's post |  #11

Wow they're amazing. living in Australia we don't have animals like that here.


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Jun 23, 2012 21:35 |  #12

All are very nice. Wish I had that problem of carrying the 800 instead of a 500 or 600.


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Jun 24, 2012 10:42 as a reply to  @ Talaska's post |  #13

Magnificent animals. Great series!


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Jun 24, 2012 15:08 |  #14

studlymonkey wrote in post #14621584 (external link)
I really love the 2nd shot, looks like he has an itch. Haha I couldn't imagine shooting with a 800, I bet it is sick!

Talaska wrote in post #14622734 (external link)
All are very nice. Wish I had that problem of carrying the 800 instead of a 500 or 600.

The 800 is nice, I like it and feel fortunate to have it. It seems that often, even with the full frame, I end up a bit too close, that is when I am not too far (HaHa). Sometimes "zooming out" by backing up is a viable option if the lens is too long, other times it isn't as things like trees, brush, terrain, and sometimes people with point and shoot cameras or short lenses (no slam intended) get in the way. It's all part off the challenge I guess. In general I get the best quality images by getting as close as possible (taking into consideration the animal and safety, etc.) and then adjust framing with lens and/or sensor size.

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