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5 Point Elk

5 Point Elk
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Copyright: Julie Wyatt (j_wyatt) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 142 W: 40 N: 211] (1235)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-07-05
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon Powershot G2
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/640 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Mammals of Canada [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-12-26 15:55
Viewed: 8544
Points: 9
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This was taken near Jasper. We were sensible and so used the zoom to get a closer look at this beautiful animal but some others got dangerously close to him.

The guide to the park suggested the following:
"Just because you see them in town, on playing fields or feeding near the roadside, please don't mistake these elk for tame animals. These wild animals do not have a tolerance of humans getting too close and will lash out with hooves or charge with antlers forward if disturbed." And it stated that at least 3 bus lengths was the minimum distance you should maintain.

His wide branching antlers may grow to 1.2m (4) in width and length, and weigh up to 22 kg (48 lb.) He himself may weigh up to 180 - 450 kg (400 - 1000 lb.) Females weigh one third less than bulls and lack antlers.

Bulls grow a new set of antlers each spring and then cast them the following winter.

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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To sandpiper2: Thanks! I really didn't want toj_wyatt 1 12-29 23:32
To Tim: Thanks, he was an awesome subject. To see suchj_wyatt 1 12-29 23:31
To ornis: It was great to see this huge animal.j_wyatt 1 12-27 14:50
To Arjuna: If I had a camera with a better zoom it mightj_wyatt 3 12-27 00:38
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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2004-12-26 19:50]
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Nice Bull, Julie.
Not easy to get a good composition for these large animal.
Good post: picture and note.

I guess it's a kind of shot where the heart beats fast. You did a very good job by getting this Elk full frame on a very good plain background. Impressive animal, your note is helpful to understand how their placidity can be dangerously mistaken! Photo looks like you've used the digital zoom here. Unlike optical zooms, digital zoom alters somewhat the image definition. Post processing can correct this but finds it's limitations in the original file quality. You'll find an idea of what's achievable in the workshop.

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-12-27 16:03]

This is a very good shot, especially considdering the equipment used. The composition is excellent.

Very well done and thanks for posting.

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  • Tim Silver Note Writer [C: 7 W: 0 N: 27] (105)
  • [2004-12-29 14:07]
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What a great shot of the bull-elk in velvet! Nicely written, informative note as well. Thanks for sharing and God's best,


Not to bad a shot considering you've used the digital zoom. Good note.

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