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Mother Elk and young


Mother Elk and young
Photo Information
Copyright: Niek Bouwen (SunToucher) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2385 W: 237 N: 3033] (11162)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-06-29
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Canon 70-200mm f/4L USM
Exposure: f/4, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Summer vacation 2009: USA
Theme(s): Mammals of the USA, Where They Really Live, Family Matters 3, family life [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-08-02 2:04
Viewed: 3653
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is the first of a few photos of the Roosevelt Elk that were roaming in front of our cabin at the Gahr Farm the first few days we were there.

I am not an animal photographer and do not have the equipment for it to capture them in an awesome way, but when you have such animals that close to you it is hard to not make a few photos.

As soon as I spotted the mother and young, they spotted me. We all stand still and look at eachother. Although I looked through the viewfinder and they used their eyes. The mother and young were part of a group that sort of surprised us. We were all focused on a larger group feeding on the wide open pasture when one of the starting to call with a loud scream. I looked to the right and saw the smaller group slowly move out of the woods. The mother and young paused for a moment in this open spot to survey the area. Later they all moved on and both groups met on the bottom of the hill.

As for the trees in the back. These are native White Oaks. The owner of the reserve has a program to protect these native trees.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-08-02 2:14]

Hallo Niek,
Mooie foto. De eland met haar jong in verhouding tot de majestueuze eiken op de achtergrond is indrukwekkend. Erg goede scherpte bij f/4.0. Ze staan mooi in het licht en toch gaan ze min of meer op in de omgeving. Leuk is het oogcontact. Waarschijnlijk hebben ze niet lang zo gestaan.
Groet,
Peter

Hi Niek,

Well seen showing us the majesty of the trees and the actual frozen few moments in nature when animals are alert like this. Very good DOF for f4.

Robin

THis is a superb shot, Niek!
I love the entire composition!
Simply outstanding!
Bravo!
Goldy

The distinct advantage to a photo such as this is that you give it a feel of where it lives...which is why I entered it into that theme...Well done for the gear and also thanks for the good theme shot!
Bob

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-08-02 11:53]

Hi Niek. What a beautiful setting this is for wildlife pictures. This is a fine shot a 400mm lens would have been great in the one. But you still have done a fine job. I like the natural colours and warm lighting. Well done TF.
Nick.

Hello Niek, it's great to see you posting again.
Your capture of a mother elk and her baby in the open meadow doesn't get more real than this. Love the lighting, atmosphere and composition you created here. Also, it's good to know that the white oak trees are protected.
TFS Janice

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2009-08-03 12:24]
  • [+]

Hi Niek

I don't have much contact with TN anymore nowadays but i pop in from time to time to see if one of my close friends posted anything new and so i see you're back from your US trip.
I read your travelogue and i can only imagine this was a superb trip. Nice and pretty long, with a wide spectrum of places visited and with terrific photo opportunities. I also think that the meet-up with Evelynn was great :)

Even if you don't have a huge long lens for animal photography, i'm sure that if had one you'd be excellent in that chapter, too. However, i think that you can almost avoid it since you use your skill to capture both great details on your subjects and integrate them into the landscape, just like you did here and the result is a superb shot. Definitely much different than most photos i've seen of elks, i like the fact that the beautiful white oaks are visible in the BG as well as the fact that you left that lovely blurry grass in the FG show.
Wonderful work my friend, as usual. Even if i won't say it on every post, i will be watching your US photos with great attention!

Cheers and best wishes
Horia

PS: i'm leaving for Tunisia tomorrow so i might miss a few right away, but i'll be back in a week to check them out. I also hope to shoot something interesting and different there, as well :)

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