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Wapiti (Elk)

Wapiti (Elk)
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Copyright: Alain Thibodeau (Athila) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 239 N: 493] (1982)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-08-24
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon D300, Sigma 150-500mm F5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-09-26 18:11
Viewed: 5312
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The elk, or wapiti (Cervus canadensis), is one of the largest species of deer in the world and one of the largest mammals in North America and eastern Asia. In the deer family (Cervidae), only the moose, Alces alces (called an "elk" in Europe), is larger, and Cervus unicolor (the sambar deer) can rival the C. canadensis elk in size. Elk are almost identical to red deer found in Europe, of which they were long believed to be a subspecies; however, mitochondrial DNA evidence from 2004 strongly suggests they are a distinct species.

Elk range in forest and forest-edge habitat, feeding on grasses, plants, leaves, and bark. Although native to North America and eastern Asia, they have adapted well to countries where they have been introduced, including New Zealand, Australia and Argentina. Their great adaptability may threaten endemic species and ecosystems into which they have been introduced.

Male elk have large antlers which are shed each year. Males engage in ritualized mating behaviors during the rut, including posturing, antler wrestling (sparring), and bugling, a loud series of vocalizations which establishes dominance over other males and attracts females.

Elk are susceptible to a number of infectious diseases, some of which can be transmitted to livestock. Efforts to eliminate infectious diseases from elk populations, largely through vaccination, have had mixed success.

Some cultures revere the elk as a spiritual force. In parts of Asia, antlers and their velvet are used in traditional medicines. Elk are hunted as a game species; the meat is leaner and higher in protein than beef or chicken.

More at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elk

Nikon D300
Sigma 150-500 zoom lens
Shoot and PP in RAW mode

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Good exposure even with the top light Alain, love this setting..
Very good details & natural colors too.
Framing is a bit tight, especially at the bottom. My only nit.
Well done.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-10-28 4:56]

Hello Alain,
what a shot.Excellently composed with clarity and sharpness. how i like to see its full body features with exciting horns and hairs on its body.
Well presented with good lighting.


I'm with Howard on this one. I've learned as a photographer that there are certain images that a photographer has to concider when making a composition. Your picture is very nice with a perfect exposure. Your note description states this is one of the biggest in the deer world, I agree, I've seen them up and close. When you did your tight crop it gives the appearance of a short version of this animal when in reality we really know that it is a very big hooved mammal. Even though you cannot see the legs it is in the photographers best interest to compensate by pulling back to get more of the lower frame allowing the viewer to feel the actual height of the animal. Still a great shot of the wapiti. I noticed that you are using a 150-500mm plus you were in a vehicle which makes it rather akward. Well as long as it in'st their rutting season it's possible to get out on the other side of the car and give you better framing options.

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