Bruce Benson  

Yellowstone Bull Elk by Bruce Benson

February 2021 - Yellowstone Bull Elk

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Taken at Madison river flats in Yellowstone NP on a cold morning . The elk was bugling to let other bulls know he was in charge of his group of females. The cold air created a nice image with showing the steam from his breath. I just cropped it and added some sharpening. You have to be there early because soon after sunrise, the bull will round up the females and herd them into the forest just across the river.

Canon 20D/Canon 400 2,8

F2.8/1.1600/ISO 800

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4 comments posted

Walt Brunner   Walt Brunner
Bruce, this is a great shot. The cold air coming out of the bull's mouth sets the scene. The background is blurred just right and the image is sharp. The only change I might have made would be to add a little saturation to the cheat grass. Well done.   Posted: 02/03/2021 15:28:07

Marie Costanza   Marie Costanza
Bruce, This is such a perfect image! The composition, sharp focus and that fabulous cold air make this such an effective shot. I have always wanted to see an elk in the wild. I guess I really need to book a trip to Yellowstone when we can travel again!   Posted: 02/05/2021 16:32:06

Isaac Vaisman M.D.   Isaac Vaisman M.D.
Bruce, I went to Yellowstone a few years ago during the PSA meeting. We did have a chance to see several Bull Elk's with their harem (a large number of females). This image is very sharp, and the temperature condition allowed for the steam of his breath to show up very well. I found those blue rays shooting down from the edge of the frame towards the mouth of the Elk, so using the patch tool was able to make them disappear. Also was able to darken the background and the grass. Good composition.   Posted: 02/07/2021 20:05:18
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Adrian Binney   Adrian Binney
Hi Bruce. Yes, you have both captured and given us an image which shows the elk in cold conditions. Having said that, the blueish tree at the rear just above his nose really distracts and Isaac has done an excellent joy of dealing with that problem!

Great capture!   Posted: 02/21/2021 05:41:06