Sophia Schade  

Elk having Fun by Sophia Schade

October 2020 - Elk having Fun

October 2020 - Sophia Schade


About the Image(s)

took the photo on Sept 28th early in the morning in low light conditions and fog
I used my Nikon D500 with a Tamron 150-600
My setting were : ISO 1600, 600MM f6.3 1/200 sec resting on a car window. If I had to retake this photo I would have used higher ISO and higher speed and a tripod

1) used Topaz DeNoise
2) Topaz Studio 2 for color and sharpening
3) Lightroom for cropping , color , dehaze and sharpening the eyes

8 comments posted

Stanley Selkow   Stanley Selkow
Sophia, I know that an ideal shot shows an animal's eyes, if possible looking at the camera. I don't see how you could do that for elk head butting each other. But you did it! I'm impressed.
I also like the way you unsaturated the grass and brought out their eyes. If this weren't a nature group I might suggest removing the blades of grass around their heads, but that edit might not respect the integrity of the shot.   Posted: 10/11/2020 15:51:59
Sophia Schade   Sophia Schade
Thank you Stan. This is my first time posting a photo and new to PSA. I am considering entering it to Beaufort club for the PSA nature photo. I need to do a better job in the Lightroom editing. Any feedback will be great. Again, thank you for your kind words.   Posted: 10/13/2020 14:58:32

Steve Sampliner   Steve Sampliner
Hi Sophia, played around with your photo just for fun. Great action shot by the way. So hard to get the timing right. Lens question. Going all out to 600mm, do you see quality and clarity degradation between 600mm and say 550mm or 500mm?
Framing; couldn't ask for much better. Such concentration in the eyes. Such relaxed expressions. There doesn't feel to be aggression in the image, and I think that might the most interesting aspect for me.   Posted: 10/12/2020 05:52:53
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Sophia Schade   Sophia Schade
Hi Steve, Thank you for your kind words. Yes, I see a big difference at 450-500 is very sharp anything above that if the light is not great I have an issue with the sharpens of the photo. So this time of the year it is the Elk Rut - first time ever experienced this type of behavior. This photo is showing the two younger bucks fighting for their territory and their cows. Their behavior is very aggressive but when they get tangled they almost come to a standstill. Again, thank you for your feedback   Posted: 10/13/2020 14:51:30

Thorro Jones   Thorro Jones
Sophia great wildlife action shot. I like how you captured the intensity of the action as shown by the look in their eyes. The placement of the elk bodies in the photo causes your eyes to go to the center where all the action is. The only thing that I noticed was that when lighting the photo, you brought out a hint of green in the elk fur that is not in the original photo.   Posted: 10/12/2020 14:00:13
Sophia Schade   Sophia Schade
Thank you Thorro, thank you for the feedback. I agree I am really having an issue on getting the photo sharp in Lightroom and not loosing the elk original color on their fur. I am new to Lightroom and need to pay more attention to detail. I can use all the help I can get on Lightroom.   Posted: 10/13/2020 14:53:54

Matt Beyer   Matt Beyer
Hi Sophia.
What a wonderful action photo! I think your original exposure looks good, and your edits are very well done and subtle so that the final shot looks very sharp and natural. I really like the textures in the image and the way you've adjusted the contrast and color to bring out the highlights in the fur. I don't think I could make any recommendation other than perhaps widening the composition somewhat to show more of the animals themselves. I think that might also lessen the effect of the left animal's leg appearing to come out of its head! I know there isn't anything you can do about that but, at first glance it's a bit odd to see (until you realize what it is).   Posted: 10/15/2020 16:32:17
Sophia Schade   Sophia Schade
Thank you and thank you for your kind words.
I have another photo hat the leg is further back and looks much better. Thank you for pointing that out.   Posted: 10/19/2020 13:29:32


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