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on Oct 30, 2019 in Wildlife Photography

Light or No Light, That is the Question

Rocky Mtn Elk
captured by D5 / 180-400VR

There is a locale in Yellowstone that this time of year, the big boys like to hang. And if you’re lucky, they will come out of hiding and play with you, and the light. Such was the opportunity yesterday when we found him and a bud just doing what they do best, looking majestic. When we first found them, they were in a spot where we couldn’t park, there was no safe place to even stand to shoot. After watching for fifteen minutes, I decided to go on and then ninety minutes later, we returned and that when things began to happen.

Rocky Mtn Elk
captured by D5 / 180-400VR

We watched as this magnificent Rocky Mountain Elk bull strolled out of the shadows, heading our direction. The path he was going to take was office so I moved so when he went through that shaft of light, I’d be in the right place. Shooting hand-held with the D5 / 180-400VR, I dialed in +.7 exp comp, made sure the internal 1.4 was not engaged, I framed up the shot I was hoping to get. Then he strolled right through the spot. Click! Then he kept going out in the bright sun. While he was front-lit, this symbol of wilderness lost some of his magnificence. That’s because the mystery of his world was missing, a part that makes this forest dweller secretive. So there are times when less is more and light or no light, that is the question!

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