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A Rocky Mountain Bull Elk photographed in the Grand Teton National Park.

A Rocky Mountain Bull Elk photographed in the Grand Teton National Park.
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17 Comments | Report
Matador October 14, 2014
Nice picture !
catini November 23, 2014
Congrats on your feature!
nicscott November 23, 2014
outstanding... fabulous capture
iceman2 November 23, 2014
Wonderful shot..congratulation on your feature
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robjac85 November 23, 2014
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robjac85 November 23, 2014
Outstanding shot and love the way you captured in in its stunning environment. Congrats.
chuckrickman November 23, 2014
What a beautiful capture!
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MaryAnne306 November 23, 2014
Do I detect a kind of annoyed expression there? Gorgeous shot, outstanding composition with this beautiful animal in the wonderful scenery. Congratulations on your feature!
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SusiStroud November 23, 2014
Great capture! Congratulations!
murpjo November 23, 2014
Beautiful! Congrats on your feature!
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BLPhotography November 23, 2014
VERY NICE CAPTURE Congratulations. on your feature
jrhalphen November 23, 2014
Great capture of this beautiful animal--love the light highlighting from side. Congratulations on feature
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AlanJakarta November 24, 2014
Terrific shot. Congratulations on being Featured.
Chrissimpson01 December 18, 2014
Great capture, speaks for itself.
ogilvie February 05, 2015
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sherrymiller March 09, 2015
Looking though the Hall of fame photos and I saw this and said this is Dan's artwork.........again just so so Stunning........one day Dan.....when I grow up!!! LOL..........love this!!!!!!
sandrarust January 30, 2020
Awesome shot

Behind The Lens

This photograph was taken in the Grand Teton National Park, north of Jenny Lake a couple of miles or so. Interestingly enough, last year in almost the same spot I photographed another magnificent bull. The Jackson Wyoming area is a well known paradise for Nature Photographers.
It was in the morning hours while it was still cold enough to see the large bulls breath when he would bugle. The Sun was busting over the horizon at my 3 O'Clock or so and I had a cooperative Bull Elk to photograph.
It was a little cloudy on the horizon when the sun started to come up on the morning of this shot. One minute the direct light would pierce through the cloud cover and in the next instant be gone... "Cat and Mouse" lighting I would say. hehehe :)
The Camera Body used for this shot is the Nikon D610 and it's truly growing on me. The lens used in this photo is the Nikkor 28-300. A lens I find very versatile that can cover lots of ground for the money.
I'm inspired by the world around me. I don't need a great big bull elk in front of me to get excited with a camera in my hand. I used to be an avid hunter and over time I got to the point I couldn't shoot another Critter; but I missed the hunt and the beauty that takes us into the mountains and too the rivers... I only hunt with a camera these days.
This photograph was cropped and adjusted for color and clarity.
In my camera bag
My bag is very basic. I carry a bulb type "Jet" air blower, extra batteries, SD cards, Brush, predator call. I really like the spider pro holster I use and I also keep it strapped to the bag.
I spoke earlier of the two enthusiastic young photographers that ran up behind me to photograph the same elk? If I could offer any advice to any photographer, it would be, calm down and don't get yourself hurt. If your going into battle with a 900 pound set of antlers? Don't do it with the sun in your face! I left this Elk 20 minutes after the snap shot crew had came and gone and the Elk was still in the same general area. The Elk was not tame. The "Rut" makes bulls very bold! If you don't know a Critter's comfort zone give it some more room. In the photo the bull is looking in the direction of the other two photographers and back at myself. :)

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