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Too Close!

Too Close!
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Copyright: John Warden (JohnWarden) Silver Note Writer [C: 9 W: 0 N: 80] (352)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-09-19
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 75-300 IS USM
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): National Parks of Canada [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-11-12 9:58
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 24
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I wish I had been able to see in the view finder what I now see in the image. Clearly I was getting to close. It would have saved my running and hiding behind a tree just after this shot was taken in Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada.

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Ah, so nice to see I'm not the only one who tries things like that! Yes, you were very close and the details are amazing. His lips, teeth, eyes, and size are very clear. I love this dramatic photo - and even more, I'm glad you're safe!

I like the exposure, and the composition. He looks as if he's headed right for you; rut season isn't the best time to venter this close, eh? I wish I could give you more than two. Nicely done, though!

Wow, he is a real monster. That is a huge rack. we got a similar shot in Wyoming last month which I will post one of these days. I like the off center placement in the frame. Last spring we got a photo of a moose charging us... It's a great photo and we didn't even know we had taken it. We were using a cable release and pushed it without even looking through the viewfinder just as we grabbed the tripod and ran for cover. Photographers are nuts.

Evelynn : )

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-11-12 12:11]

Hi John,
makes the Red Deer we have over here seem tiny in comparison! Amazing rack on this impressive looking Moose and lovely natural setting. Great timing and composition too, very well done!

Definitely too close;-), John
What a rack!

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-11-12 17:42]

Hello John,
What a regal Elk specimen you decided to tackle, He is definately warning you off. Composition, focus and exposure are all excellent. Was this taken along the Maligne Lake road, near the fifth bridge turn off? Great job John, keep them coming.

Hi John

yes he doesn't look happy. Great set of antlers.

Excellent composition and sharpness and good POV. TFS.


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  • lise Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 169 W: 48 N: 548] (2877)
  • [2007-11-13 5:30]

Hi John,
This is an amazing elk! Great composition and sharpness, wonderful natural colours.
Very well done.

scary and impressive, TFS Ori

Hi John!

A big WOWWW... it's an excellent shot. I'm glad nothing happened to you.
Great details and sharpness. He is such a beautiful animal. Very well
composed and executed photograph.

Regards ... Lea

Hello John,
Wow! That is an impressive animal, and the posture tells to stay away!
A great capture with excellent sharpness in the subject, that stands out very well on the blurry background...
A well composed imnage!
Pablo -

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2007-11-21 18:39]

Hi John, I couldn't resist to write something about this photo, it is so good! The timing... you see I used to work with Cree Indians and one of them told me that they never never never get close to a moose... ouf, you got close not to post this one but I'm sure glad to have seen it, it is quite impressive! you sure could publish that one. Thank you for such a great shot,


Brilliant post.
Could have turn wrong. He looks dangerous. You were indeed too close.
Uitstanding result: brilliant expression. Nice perspertive thanks to a not too large telelens and beeing close.

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