Karen Harris  

Elk at the Pond by Karen Harris

October 2020 - Elk at the Pond

About the Image(s)

I took this photo last week in Rocky Mountain National Park. I spotted a group of elk in this beautiful yellow aspen area. The pond was nearby and I figured if I waited long enough the elk would surely need a drink. Sure enough, in about ten minutes he headed for the pond and I was able to get this reflection photo. I used a
Tamron 300mm lens and then cropped the photo slightly

6 comments posted

Bill Foy   Bill Foy
I like the heck out of this image. Nice fall colors, nice reflective composition, sharp at the focal point. I think the background would be better darkened a bit. I think the elk might be better if you made it a silhouette, or lightened the dark areas - neck, head, antlers.   Posted: 10/12/2020 13:53:28

Bob Legg   Bob Legg
Karen, Good planning and positioning yourself. I love the reflections and the special circular ripple that you captured. I might of tried cropping that top overexposed area over the Elk or darkening as Bill suggested. I would also have tried to lighten up the shadows on the Elk's head/neck area..   Posted: 10/12/2020 15:16:47

Kathleen Townsend   Kathleen Townsend
Wow do I love this picture it makes me want to go up to Maggie Valley and look for Elk . I think that the reflection is stunning a perfect fall photo.   Posted: 10/13/2020 16:41:39

Judy Burr   Judy Burr
Your patience paid off--the reflection adds beauty and interest. A agree that the upper part is bright and detracts. I lightened the elk's head and darkened the background. It was a quick edit so it's just for the idea. I don't think I have ever gotten good images in RMNP and not for lack of trying! You really get good nature images.   Posted: 10/16/2020 16:26:31
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Karen Harris   Karen Harris
Thank you Judy. I like your editing. I will work on it.   Posted: 10/17/2020 08:58:04

Stephan Debelle   Stephan Debelle
Gorgeous reflection and animal. Nicely done with a 300mm, I think the top part of the image might be slightly overexposed, I would try to use the gradual filter / mask with lightroom to adjust it.   Posted: 10/18/2020 00:43:39


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