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First Snow

First Snow
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Copyright: Evelynn Smith (Evelynn) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2025 W: 740 N: 3285] (14454)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-09-21
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 30D, Sigma 80-400 OS
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/320 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-12-15 21:38
Viewed: 3960
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 50
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Rocky Mountain Elk : Cervus elaphus nelsoni

I took this quite late in the evening in Grand Teton National Park. In the few days we spent there in September, we had rain, wind, glorious sunshine and even snow. Watching snow pile up on our canoe in the evening didn't bode well, but the following day we had warm, clear boating weather. Never a dull moment.

I want to wish each of you a wonderful holiday season. We are leaving (escaping incessant Oregon rain) for a couple of weeks. We are heading south, where it seems they are also getting rain...but at least it will be different...and hopefully less of it and more photo ops.

Thank you for sharing your part of the world with me this past year. I posted my first image on December 27 of last year. In the year since I have made new friends, and thanks to them I have learned so much about photography, the world and YOU! Thank you for all the thoughtful advice and encouragement. It has meant an awful lot to me! I'm looking forward to viewing your galleries on my return.

Happy New Year to one and all!

ISO 800
Focal Length 250mm

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2006-12-15 22:01]

Hi Evelynn,
Thank you for sharing a very nice shot of a regal animal in an early season snow storm. Looks like big wet flakes. By the focal length you were close to him. Have a safe and happy holiday season and hope to see your new postings when you return. Rick

Gee Evelynn, you might want to give your sensor a good cleaning...lotsa whitish dust spots!
Hey you're still gonna post a few yet this year aren't you?

Hi Evelynn ,
very nice shot.
good composed and sharpness.
i like snowing in this view.
very well done.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-12-16 2:43]

Very beautiful shot...rather dramatic...
Where have I seen this picture before? *grin*
Your elk has a very noble countenance. A fantastic pose.
i really like the composition with the snow falling.
There is a feel of... time immemorial... if you know what I mean.
Have a wonderful vacation.
Happy holidays and have a safe trip. : )
TFS. : )

great postcard, TFS Ori

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-12-16 5:14]

Hi Evelynn

This is a true splendor!!! What an amazing photo!
I really love the posture of this elk here, the POV from where you took this (perfect paralel with the subject) and the heavy snow falling just give it a whole new, higher level. It's like it's taken from a fairy-tale! :)
Simply wonderful composition!
I would also like to wish you Happy Holidays and a Great New Year, plus a lot of fun on your trip :)
Cheers adn TFS

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2006-12-16 7:55]

Hi Evelynn,
What a fantastic seasonal shot to end the year with! You've captured this elk in such a beautiful pose and the snow looks so lovely! Really great!
Thank you for all the beautiful landscapes you've shown us this autumn and a Happy New Year to you and hope you come back with lots of nice shots from down south!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Hi Evelynn,
Happy holidays!
Thanks for card:-)

hi evelynn,
lovely capture,
well composed shot with good pov,
the falling snow looks nice,
tfs & regards

Hi Evelynn, lovely Christmas photo, good composition, nice delicate colors, well done, happy new year to you, ciao e buon week end, Silvio


what a wonderful way to show the strenght of this great animals,
great pose, and I love the siloutte,
truely stunning image,
and I hope you and your family have a safe and happy holidays,


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2006-12-16 10:51]

Hi Evelynn,
A fine wintry shot in the autumn, while we have autumn weather in what should be winter!
This image has a super pose and is well presented. The peppering with snow is great and is an excellent way of covering any noise at 800 ISO.
Enjoy your trip south and the Festive Season!
TFS, Ivan

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-12-16 11:04]

Hi Evelynn.
You have shared perfectly composed and presented picture of this amazing animal. It pose, your POV and DOF are really perfect. Snow weather is very suitable for this animal and have decorated captured scene nicely. My compliments and best regards,

Hello Evelynn

Excllent work, Great details. very crisp, nicly composed and captured photo perfect colors Bg POV DOF Great work,

TFS Kyle

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-12-16 12:32]

Hello Evelynn

A wonderful image to finish out the year.I love the pose,the atmosphere,and the feeling of solitude.Excellent capture,with a wonderful snowy backdrop.TFS have a safe trip.

PT :)

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-12-16 14:04]

Una escena casi irreal Evelynn con todo el sentido festivo de su título.
Primorosa imagen con excelente oportunismo en el disparo y un gran post procesado.
Felicidades para ti también mi amiga.
Mis mejores deseos... Ricardo

An almost unreal scene Evelynn with the whole festival sense of their title.
Exquisite image with excellent opportunism in the shot and a great post processed.
Happiness for you too my friend.
My best wishes... Ricardo

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  • Dave Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
  • [2006-12-16 22:03]

Hi Evelynn,
I'll be watching for this one on greeting cards...;-)
Great holiday season ambiance!
Good work!

Hi Evelynn,
What a beautiful pose. As if you took it from the Jaegermeister bottle. :) Just love the combination of the snow, the green foilage and the faded trees in the distance with the awesome looking Elk. What a moment!

Its a fantastic capture Evelynn, you really captured the falling snow very well here. Your low POV is very effective and your composition excellent. VERY WELL DONE..

Hi Evelynn

Very great shot, a very prince bearing for this Cervus. Excellent composition.
Happy holidays!!


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  • mbasil Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 148 N: 745] (3320)
  • [2006-12-22 17:02]

Nicely done, Evelynn. A great shot. Nice close up of a remarkable animal. The snow add a dramatic touch. And, like Steve, I like the low angle. The most remarkable part is the restraint you showed in not posting it until now.
Mele Kalikimaka,
P.S. We joined a couple weeks apart. Thanks for all your critiques and tips.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-12-29 17:59]

Wow Evelynn! What a beautiful animal standing like that, looking up at the falling snow... and no doubt thinking that, "Oh dear, it's that time of year again and the food will be disappearing soon!!!"
Wonderful capture, well done,
Best regards, and wishing you a Happy New Year.

Superb shot of this big Elk in the snow!
Thanks for your comment on my wolf.

Have a nice new year!

Bravo, it is like a Bambi story. Nice foto, very good. Bravo. Best regards Cezar T.

this one is so great!
nice naturefeeling in it

Dear Evelynn,
Excellent shot of Rocky Mountain Elk with snow fall.

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