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Driven to Distraction

Driven to Distraction
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Copyright: Evelynn Smith (Evelynn) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2025 W: 741 N: 3285] (14454)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-10-07
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 400D Digital Rebel XTi, Canon EF 100-400mm f4.5-5.6 IS USM, @ ISO 400
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/320 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite wild animal photos [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-11-22 9:36
Viewed: 4353
Points: 60
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
In the blink of an eye I had to get as fast a shutter speed as I could without going above ISO 400. My camera doesn't do too well with higher ISO's. Faster probably would have been sharper.

Just as the sun was setting we spotted this Rocky Mountain Elk and his large harem on the other side of the road. We thought we had time to get set up when another elk bugled from back in the forest on our side of the road. Well, an elk in rut is not about to ignore a challenge and ran across the road... not even noticing the traffic... and crossed directly in front of our vehicle! I had to do some quick scrambling but managed to get this shot before he disappeared in the trees to face his foe. Bull elk are known to lose up to 150 pounds during the rut. Poor fellows... they are just "driven to distraction!"

I posted second image as a workshop of the elk returning the bugle challenge just before entering the forest.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2008-11-22 9:49]

Wow, Evelynn.
I am really enjoying your moose and elk series.
Looks like you had a very productive trip to Wyoming.
What a beautiful beast! And you are right... I would not care to have a clash with him.
I love the light of the setting sun and the warm colors..
Great pose as well, though I really like your workshop one too.
What a superb rack of antlers. You really bring us the beauty of the wild wild west.
TFS. : )

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-11-22 9:54]

Hi Evelynn,

You have great reaction time under pressure. I probably would have dropped the camera! You managed an excellent shot of this Elk who I'm sure would have slowed down for nothing. The expression on his face is just priceless. And I love those fantastic antlers. You froze the moment perfectly - a job well done.


Hi Evelynn,
Great shot of this beautiful animal.I love the colours and the Elk attitude:)


Hi Evelynn,
a fine picture with warm and nice colours.
You manage to capture a good action of this moving deer,
and the compostion is very good, O like that left some space bellow for the legs even that we can't see them.
Good sharpness with fine details a very fine DOF.
Well done.
Have a nice weekend,

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-11-22 10:13]

Hi Evelynn,
Beautiful capture of this deer.Details,POV,warm lighting and moment you caught are wonderful.Excellent work!
Thanks for posting.

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2008-11-22 10:20]

fantastic Evelyn,
very good capture heeer from this big male, good quality, I like it a lot, have a nice weekend.
regard Jaap

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-11-22 10:33]

Hi Elelynn. You have to take this one a bit quick . But you still managed to get a first class close up of this fantastic looking animal. with good detail and rich colours. well done . TFS.

Hello Evelynn,
o oohh:-) What an animal and what a light...awesome.
I think you actually panned the camera successfully as the grasses are quite blurred and the animal has a sharpness you wouldn't expect considering the fact that you had a 1/320 second shutter speed.
Well done

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-11-22 11:37]

Hello Evelynn,
Impressive pose of the Elk. Great expression in the eye. Also impressive are the big antlers. Beautiful warm colours in this photo. Good sharpness and an excellent POV and composition.

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-11-22 11:51]

Hello Evelynn,

You have made a fine photo with this beautifyl animal. I like it's pose and it's look. You habe managed well to stop the mouvment of the elk and show it well in the resonably sharp image. I also like the way animal stand against the blurry background.

Thank you for sharing,

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-11-22 11:55]

Hi Evelynn

Wonderful couple of shots here, really!
You managed a very respectable shutter speed here without going over ISO400 in this low but very beautiful warm light.
The sharpness for this focal length and this shutter speed is, i would say, exceptional, especially when considering that you also panned this shot a bit (from what i can judge from the grass).
The elk is, thus, presented wonderfully and with the high contrast that the natural light gave you it also has a lovely feel.

Bravo and TFS

Hi Evelynn
First of all beautiful light. I also like this fantastic deer. Very dynamic shot with interesting 3 dimensional effect I like it very much

Hi Evelynn

A fine shot of thi sguy in the late afternoon; nice warm tones and you captured the moment very well. I'm sure he's been a busy boy :)
Great composition and the sharpness is fine.


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-11-22 13:08]

Hello My Friend,
This is a excellent image showing one hot and bothered Elk. Rut is such a fun time to capture these fellows but BE CAREFUL, just ask this dumb photographer. I Like the workshop photo as well Evelynn, it would have been well worth its own post. Great work, thank you for sharing.

Hi Evelynn,
Un spécimen extra, une excellente réalisation, tant pour l'attitude que pour la pdc. Une merveille!

amazing and powerful, TFS Ori

I'm happy for him being there..and not here...coincidentally I ran across a hunter just about 2 hours ago at the gas station. He was hauling a small ORV 4x4 with a rifle on it and dressed in all the garb. I asked and he said he was hunting elk...I took pictures and put them on my website...I have to be or appear to be not for one or the other..but he sure fit the part...so we must always have these excellent images...just in case we allow ourselves to put them on the short list...I love it...

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-11-22 18:25]

This animal is majesty incarnated! Among the golden dried grass and with the colour of its fur and light, it is a beautiful shot Evelynn. How impressive it must be to be so close to such a male! Luckily our males don't lose as much weight when they rut! We'd be exhausted ;-)) Beautiful!


Hello Evelynn

Another wow shot.
This is amazing,I understand the way deer can get during the rut.
I have come so close to hitting deer many,many times on roadways.
The warm light is superb ,and the colours are well saturated.
The pose you captured is awesome,and you can see the power of this animal.
Well done.


Beauty, Evelynn (both the elk and this shot). The f5.6 served you well here, as I like the level of blur in the bg. Great detail on his hair, too. Judging from the bit of blur on the grass just about the same plane it looks to me like you were panning a bit on this shot (I thought I could be wrong abot that, but then I noticed that Annick had deduced the same thing). No worries, it just shows how well you were thinking on your feet to deal with the low light, even at 1/320th -- leaving him in a tight frame with just enough lead space. Another one for me to be jealous of.
P.S. Judging from your last postings I think the hubby must have spurred you to more critter photos. Maybe a little marital competition?

hello evelynn,
good capture, i think the image is quite sharp and your camera did fantastic job for you, i feel that its you behind the camera which makes all the difference, lovely colors and lighting, well composed shot,
tfs & regards

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-11-22 23:35]

hello Evelynn
good capture of this beautiful model
if i need speed sometimes i change to EV +1 for high shutter speed in Av mode with iso 400 and partial metering
i like eye contact, dynamic composition, POV, colours and details

Hello Evelynn,
Great capture of this majestic elk, I like the posture and warm colours
Well done

Hello Evelynn,
WOW! great capture, excelletn sharpness and clarity,beautiful warm colors, fantastic action and great timing.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-11-23 12:03]

Very impressive shot Evelynn, very intense. Lovely light and perfect focus, well done!


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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-11-23 13:24]

Hi Evelynn,
very good shot of this Elk.
Great pose and a superb sense of movement.
The composition is excellent.
I love the warm colours.

Very well done,

Hi Evellyn,

very impressive pose from these Elk.
You have here beautiful light.
Well done!


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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-12-02 10:36]

Wow Evelynn

This is a real beauty. I love the warm light here and the feeling of action. Great pose captured and wonderful details in the coat captured. Well done for getting such a cracking shot in a shot space of time



hello Evelynn

WOW ! i love both image of the Rocky Mountain Elk,
this one one and the one in the WS,
both fine POV and framing, beautiful warm luminosity
and colour tones, and in this image wonderful eye-contact with you,



Another great one, Evelynn

A spectacular photo of this big guy heading off to battle here. The lighting is just remarkable...so rich and deep...and he's giving you a sideways glance which you have captured perfectly. Very nicely done.

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