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Hard Fought Battle

Hard Fought Battle
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Copyright: Rick Price (Adanac) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-10-16
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 40D, Canon 100-400/4.5-5.6L IS
Exposure: f/11, 1/1000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite wild animal photos, TN Classics [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-10-16 18:27
Viewed: 3229
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hi All,
I have been absent for a few days, but hope to be around more this week. This bull Elk was captured in the Suffield live fire range, he had a harem of 14 cows and was busy keeping them in a group. He must have fought hard for them as his right antler is broken off. There was another group of cows with a huge bull about a kilometer farther in the area, this guy may have been his adversary.

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hello Rick

excellent shot of this bull Elk with fine POV, DOV and the vertical framing,
a beautiful luminosity with excellent sharpness and details, TFS


LDS? (*14 cows) Well a wonderful image at best....and nothing the least...A classic shot of a classy character. Very nice job in overall lighting Considering the high blue and clear day it could have been much harder...but you managed it well..and beyond all of that it sends me into the iconic mode...

hello rick,
very nice work, the pov is very good and so is the composition, the dry grass looks beautiful, you have got a good pose here, precise dof,
well done,
tfs & regards

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  • Mariol Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 15 N: 1654] (8221)
  • [2008-10-16 19:38]

Hi Rick,

Nice picture of this impressive Elk. Light, pose and colour are perfect.
I like the framing and all these shades of brown. Very well done.

Regards, Mario

Hi Rick,
Awesome shot...wonderful!
With that tiny catch light in his eye! The antler is fantastic. Only 14 cows though...that's a disappointment:-).
Seriously...the posture, the colors, the composition and so forth are very good.

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2008-10-16 19:59]

Hello Rick,
This is a very beautiful animal, I saw one last weekend at the
Grand Canyon, he was alone thou.. Very nice composition.. Well


Hello Rick

What a majestic capture of this wapiti.The composition is wonderful and really shows the strength of the animal.
The natural colours are beautiful.
Excellent POV and DOF.
I have seen these guys during the rut and it is a sight and sound to behold.
The screech of the bellowing through the woods is music to my ears.


classy shot, Rick..
very very nice!!


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-10-16 23:06]

Hello Rick,
superb Elk in great pose, wonderful sharp composition, very well done,
Best regards Siggi

Hello Rick,

Very good POV to capture this bull Elk. Very good vertical composition too. Excellent focus and beautiful detail of its fur. Wonderful light and colours.

What a beautiful and proud animal! I like this pose you captured with his head turned to you, those excellent details and pastel tones of colors. I would have been much impressed to have met this guy myself! Well done!

Hy Rick
Impresive specimen!Indeed, classic shoot, very clear. Excellent I will say
Regards, Oana

beautiful colours, sharpness and composition, TFS Ori

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-10-17 7:27]

Hello Rick,
I was absent too. But now I can admire this beauty! Sharpness and soft colours are really perfect. Excellent POV, eye-contact and composition.

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-10-17 14:57]

I'm in love with wilderness, the taste and the feeling of it in your pictures. Ues the antler is broken and these beautiful beasts roam in the Prairie. How I wish to be amidst wilderness like you. When I go out, with Toupti, nobody shows up ;-)


Rick, this is a beautiful shot of this elk. Good job. Have a great day.

Check out my personal website at:
Bill Houghton Photography

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-10-18 15:32]

Great contrasty shot of this Elk.
It stands out very well.
Sharp and crisp.
Excellent composition.

Well done Rick!

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