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The challenger

The challenger
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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, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2011-09-24 6:29
Viewed: 3389
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Elk were in rut when I was in the mountains. This big guy came upon another male and his females. He is smelling the air for the other male. He backed off was not ready to fight this day. Maybe they had a tussel earlier.

I posted another image image in workshop. It is a female and a male haveing a special moment. The lighting was difficult, I would never post it other wise.

They males can be pretty affectionate at times and show great anger at other males, people, trees and cars the next.

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Hello Denis,
A beautiful specimen of an elk, a great head and antlers. Super natural colors. Excellent presentation.

Hello Denis,
Impressive photo of this Elk. Great to see them when they are in rut. Beautiful colours and excellent sharpness.

Hi Denis, Very nice portrait of this male Elk, fabulous POV showing off the antlers well, splendid sharpness with good clarity and a nice highlighted eye, great effort here Denis and very well done,
Best Regards,


Impressive portrait Denis! Interesting framing and very good sharpness.

Hi Denis!
What a lovely pic! I only see it at Animal Planet !!!! You are a very lucky man...indeed! You say that the lightness was not so good but I loved these natural colors!The sharpness is also nice and I think you did a good job!Bravo1
Nice w-end!

Hello Denis,
Another splendid capture of a Elk. Splendid horns.
Great colors and fantastic clarity.
Lovely capture.

hello Denis
super picture of the head
great details and super sharpness with nice naturel colours
thanks greeting lou

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  • BREARD Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 106 W: 1 N: 419] (2141)
  • [2011-09-24 10:34]

Bonjour Denis,
Je suis jaloux ... je viens de passer toute la journée dans la forêt et je n'ai pas eu l'occasion de faire ce genre de photos.
Bon week end

Bonjour Denis,
Très belle et très expressive image de la vie sauvage bien restituée dans une belle lumière et sous une bonne profondeur de champ.
J'espère moi aussi pouvoir aller écouter, dans les jours qui viennent, le brâme du cerf.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2011-09-24 13:36]

Hello Denis,
wonderful image of this beauty in a fantastic position!
Great sharpness and detail, splendid natural colours.
Thanks for sharing

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-09-24 15:45]

Hi Denis,great capture! What a timing and what a fantastic quality,impressives colors,details and sharpness,a very professional work..as usual in your gallery..ehee..Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano.

Hello Denis,
great capture of this impressive Elk with good sharpness and an excellent POV. I especially like its roaring pose and the natural colours.
Best wishes,

Hi Denis,
I disagree a little with composition. I would like more space in front of the animal's head. But this picture is so good, you can ignore it all and enjoy looking! ... Excellent!

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  • PeakXV Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 121 W: 0 N: 544] (3135)
  • [2011-09-24 18:40]

Hi Denis,

As that old Moosehead beer Ad from the 1980's once said: This 'stands head & shoulders above the rest'! A fine rack & captured in mid bleat too. Wouldn't want to be the referee caught between him & his 'dance' partner. Super sharpness, great color & that all important ambient woodsy bg. A very well composed image!



Fine portrait, good framing. Good light, colours and detail. Excellent pose. regards yiannis

Hi Denis,
Very nice shot and superb focus. The POV is perfect and also the composition. Excellently presented.

Hi Denis,
Beautiful shot of this Elk, excellent moment, very good details sharpness and beautiful natural colours,
Thanks for sharing and have a nice week,
Best Regards,

Hallo Denis,
a fantastic portrait of the Elk, impressive details, very beautiful colours, excellent point of view and very nice close composition with a great posture of this magnificent animal
Best regards

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-09-27 12:01]

Hello Denis,
Excellent shotSharpness, details, colours, POV and DOF are superb.You where very lucky to come this close.Best regards Siggi

Hello Denis,
Excellent capture of this elk in run. Details, sharpness, colours and POV are really amazing. You were lucky to be so close. Well done!

Bonsoir Denis,

Impressive portrait. We can almost ear it. Good sharpness, excellente exposure under a nice soft light. composition is well balanced. Nice shot, I'd to take simimalar picutres. May be one day. TFS


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