Lauren Heerschap  


Autumn Elk by Lauren Heerschap

November 2020 - Autumn Elk

About the Image(s)

I had the opportunity to attend a small session of the Rocky Mountain Photography Summit and spend a week from Oct. 25 “ Nov. 1, 2020. From Seattle it was a five hour plane ride to Atlanta, another hour to Knoxville, and three hours’ time difference. We arrived a day early to adjust. The following day went on a 4 am trip to get into the park at sunrise for viewing the elk that are known sometimes to walk across this field. The crazy sacrifices we make as photographers! We got lucky! This was taken on my Olympus OMD 2 Mark 5, and at F16, 1600 ISO, 124mm. The light was difficult since the trees were lit, the elk was not. In post processing, I flipped the image under Image rotation. I did this because most people are more comfortable with movement from left to right like we read. Using Content Aware Move under the spot healing brush, I gave the elk room to walk by moving him closer to the left. I also then had to “repair” the grass with the stamp tool. I also ran it through ON1 for color dynamic range, sharpening, and a vignette. Do you like the elk on the left side?


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8 comments posted




Renee Schaefer   Renee Schaefer
Nice image. I like all the things you did. I do like the elk where he is. Nice catch.   Posted: 11/08/2020 20:10:08



Jon Allanson   Jon Allanson
I can appreciate the problems you had with the background trees being well lit and the elk still being in shadow.
I looked at this image with the elk facing in both directions and to me it works OK in both, it does need space in front, for him to move into. As it is so low down in the frame I think having him on the left makes him appear to be moving into the space. If he was higher up in the frame I would have preferred him on the right.
These kinds of decisions not always easy, as we do not wish to create an image in which the subject appears to be exiting the image rather than moving into it.

  Posted: 11/11/2020 08:34:49



Becca Cambridge   Becca Cambridge
Nice catch and yes, I like the placement of the elk.
The lighting is a challenge as Jon points out to us.
I played with a square crop. You still get some of the beautiful red foliage but it does not overwhelm the photo with brightness. The elk appears larger in relation to the foliage and becomes more a focus point.
An exciting catch and glad you had the opportunity to get it. Congratulations.   Posted: 11/11/2020 09:37:59



Brad Ashbrook   Brad Ashbrook
A nice photo of the Elk in his element and the fall colors are nice. Perhaps a small crop off the top to put more emphasis on the Elk is a nice suggestion by Becca. I have been to Cataloochee, a fun experience and an interesting drive up the mountain.   Posted: 11/23/2020 14:32:20



Lauren Heerschap   Lauren Heerschap
Much appreciation to all of you for your comments. Have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!   Posted: 11/23/2020 15:35:07



Danny Dunne   Danny Dunne
Used to have 200 red deer on our property, but none with a set of antlers like that. Composition is fine and he is shown well in his environment.
To me the light on the central tree is too strong.
  Posted: 11/25/2020 04:57:39



Jan van Leijenhorst   Jan van Leijenhorst
I like the background and the elk makes a nice addition to the image, in fact becomes the focal point. I do not know much about elks, but its color, even if he is in the shade, seems a bit strange to me, as if he came from another picture. Not sure how to change that.   Posted: 11/26/2020 15:06:04
Lauren Heerschap   Lauren Heerschap
Hi Jan,
The elk came from the same picture. His color is as natural as you can get - it was taken in early morning light. The only thing I did was flip him - make him going left to right instead of right to left. People in western countries read left to right and it feels more natural.   Posted: 11/27/2020 11:39:19