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North American Elk

North American Elk
Photo Information
Copyright: Denis Mark (dmark11) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 195 W: 9 N: 655] (2633)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-09-17
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 60D, 100-400 4.5-5.6L, 77mm UV
Exposure: f/8, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2011-09-21 20:40
Viewed: 3966
Points: 41
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Sometimes it`s possible to get the front side and the backside all at once. He was scratching his arse, that why he is all bent around like that.

North American Elk

Habitat and habits
Elk are sociable animals. They are seldom found without other elk nearby. The herd lifestyle is characteristic of animals that live in open country. However, elk populations today occupy forest or parkland regions, where small groups averaging six or seven animals are common.

Elk are long-lived animals: males survive to an average of 14 years, whereas females live as long as 24 years. Although they may travel widely, each elk is strongly attached to certain localities within its home range. Some in fact have home ranges of only a few square kilometres. Others have home ranges of several hundred square kilometres, of which they use different parts during different seasons. In the mountains such individuals often summer in the high country and winter in the valleys. However, elk are versatile animals and some may reverse this pattern or make visits back to their summer range during winter, snow conditions permitting, and down to their winter range during summer. Others may even switch between staying in a small area one year and using a large area the next.

Bulls may occupy a "rutting range" that is separate from localities where they are found during the rest of the year. Whatever their seasonal pattern, most elk use the same ranges year after year.

Unique characteristics

Unlike other deer, elk have upper canine, or "eye," teeth. These teeth are a hangover from earlier evolutionary stages and now serve no apparent purpose. Their smooth rounded surface has made them attractive as jewellery. In the 1800s many elk were killed just to obtain the canine teeth.

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A beautiful pose of a beautiful animal and an excellent photo Denis! Very good composition, wonderful colors and impressive sharpness. The habitat in the BG is fantastic.

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  • Scott Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 225 W: 0 N: 356] (1752)
  • [2011-09-21 21:56]

I have a whole collection of anmials backsides, veryfewthat show the front as well. well seen and captured/


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  • BREARD Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 106 W: 1 N: 419] (2141)
  • [2011-09-21 22:33]

Bonjour Denis,
Très belle pose. Jolie photo et très intéressante composition.

Beautifully exhibited the pictures!

A magnificent capture indeed, Denis! I am enjoying so much the beauty of the Elk, the pine trees in the background and the simplicity as an all in this frame. The use of f/8 seems fantastic as well, the body of the animal is perfectly covered in pin sharp focus. However I think that you have used the shadow/highlight tool a bit forcefully, and as a result of that the deep shadows has been destroyed and the image is looking a bit flat ...perhaps a bit two dimensional, if I may say that. Agree? On top of that my personal opinion is that you could adjust a bit more carefully the white balance here. Unfortunately in my workshop I couldn't recover fully those shadows, but perhaps can give you an idea about the direction I am going with this changes.Thanks for sharing Denis..this is a magnificent capture indeed!
George Veltchev

Hi Denis,
Very nice shot of this North American Elk, great pose, good timing captured:), excellent details sharpness, and lovely natural colours,
Thanks for sharing and have a nice day,
Best Regards,

Ciao Denis, great capture of superb creature in a wonderful natural ambientation, beautiful colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2011-09-22 1:09]

Bonjuor Denis,
Nice timing captured ..
Good focus, sharpness, colors, details, POV and composition.
Best wishes,

Hello Denis,
Great shot, nice colors, interesting light angle, nice elk with perfect textures an details. Well done!
Regards, TFS

A magnificent animal, excellent pose, good details. The elk is nicely highlighted against the background. Good warm colours. regards yiannis

Hi Denis,

Pwow what a stunning capture of this fine specimen of Elk my good friend, splendid exposure/white balance that compliments the atmosphere (misty/moody) that one would expect to see with this fine beast in a forest, superb detailed sharpness from the Hoofs to the Antlers with a lovely highlighted eye, amazing picture Denis Bravo! and very well done,
Best Regards,


PS Excellent and informative note,

Hello Denis,
great capture of this impressive elk with good sharpness and well chosen vertical format. I also like its pose looking across its shoulder. Colours and contrast are better in the workshop of George.
Best wishes,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-09-22 7:36]

Hello Denis,
Although the photo looks a bit yellow, this is a beautiful photo taken from a very good low POV. Excellent sharpness and a nice pose with eye contact. Majestic sample.

Hello Denis,a super sharp image of a magnificent animal.Good colours in a natural setting.

Hallo Denis,
a very beautiful capture of this Elk, very good sharpness, excellent point of view and composition
Best regards

Hello Denis,
A very nice capture of a superb animal.
The colors and details are very good.
Interesting workshop with splendid details.
Thanks for sharing this interesting picture.

Hello Denis,
I agree with George`s critique. Details, sharpness and POV are amazing but colours not seem to be natural.

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  • PeakXV Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 121 W: 0 N: 544] (3135)
  • [2011-09-22 18:31]

Hi Denis,

What a majestic beast you have captured here. The background is so reminiscent of that region portrayed famously in Canadian Pacific Posters/Adverts of yore. Perfect focus & choice POV - especially so for the rack viewing.



Hello Denis,
Excellent photo.
Regards, TFS

Bonjour Denis,
Le sujet est bien valorisé dans son environnement et dans une posture originale ; bonne maîtrise de la lumière et de la profondeur de champ.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Beautiful shot with rich colours and a very nice background of trees. Makes me want to see one in person. TFS Trevor

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-10-01 17:45]

Hello Denis,
fantastic shot indeed. The pose and the composition is well presented in natural colors and setting. I really like looking at the view. So pleasing. Furthermore with the elk is such a lovely animal.
Well seen in an attractive scenery.


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