Friday, September 27, 2013

Shooting the Elk Rut

Elk viewing area along Dewey Road
 I just returned home after spending four mornings and three evenings in the Pennsylvania elk range. 
 
 
 
Dense fog enveloped Winslow Hill each morning.  While fog can obscure the scene it also can add it's own particular atmosphere to the resulting images. 
 

 
When a bull began battling a tree it was necessary to get quite close to photograph the action.  Note the flying debris resulting from his violent shaking.
 
 The fog lifted between 9:30 and 11:00 am each morning but by that time the elk activity had moved into the woods.
 

 
Elk began returning to the open areas by late afternoon.  This bull was taking a short break when I photographed him bedded on the outskirts of his harem. 
 

 
On my last evening this old bull seemed to have tired of all the rushing about.  After walking away from a harem guarded by a younger bull, the old bull bedded soaking up the last rays of the late evening sun.  I was too close to the bull to get him all in a single frame with the 600mm lens but yet was not satisfied with the appearance of the image when shot with 70-200mm.  To obtain the image posted here I turned the Canon 6D vertical and shot a series of images moving left to right then stitching them together in Photoshop.
 
Once again I thoroughly enjoyed my excursion to the Pennsylvania elk range.  The elk activity, while not as wild as it has been some times, was good as was visiting and shooting with the ever growing group of dedicated wildlife photographers who make the annual pilgrimage to Benezette Pennsylvania each autumn in search of memorable elk images.

10 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

that last photo (and the effort you made to put it together) is stunning.

Bob Shank said...

Great captures, Coy! Your photographs excellently show the excitement and awe-inspiring emotions of the fall rut. Great job! It was an honor to be with you again up on the hill!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

The last picture is so beautiful.So now we know that you are not only a great photographer,but also veery handy with Photoshop.Amazing work!

Montanagirl said...

The last photo is my favorite. It's absolutely beyond any words. Spectacular.

Jim Borden said...

Nice photos and dialogue to go with it Coy. I like your photos of elk in the fog. Creates a great mood

eileeninmd said...

Neat sightings of the elk! The last shot is awesome!

bailey-road.com said...

Beautiful photography!

Chad Oneil Myers said...

Image 4: "Scent of a woman".

Image 5... Wow, dude!

Lindsjö taxar said...

Beautiful!
The last one is awsome

Elaine said...

Wonderful! The last photo is simply spectacular!