19 Oct 18 Today we should be looking at something macro, and so we will, but this time as a play on words. For the subject is large (macro) in reality being an adult 4 point (8 point for those of you on the right coast) bull elk. This guy was the first elk we saw and it was on our return from a long day in the park. it was late in the evening sun time and the light level was low. But here he was, right along the side of the road leisurely enjoying an evening meal when I spotted him. We stopped immediately and had about two minutes shooting him alone before everyone and their dog arrived to join in the fun. Sadly many of those who decided to shoot him had little to no respect for the animal with one jackass coming within inches of hitting him with their truck! Drew a few comments from some of the other photographers. Fortunately he was more interested in dining than anything else so he just wandered back and forth looking for the choicest shoots of grass to entice his palette. We spent perhaps 30 minutes working with him always hoping for a better shot but in the end those we took initially turned out to be the best we got. This was the only solo bull we saw although we saw one other in the valley with a harem of perhaps 20 cows and two other bulls at the north entrance with an estimated 35 cows. Based on the behavior of the bulls at the north entrance we were well past the rut. Disappointing as that was, it did make for some nice calm herd shots.
I've removed some distracting grasses from his face around his eye and obviously turned it into a drawing, otherwise this is a straight shot. Sketched Nikon D500; 18 - 200; Aperture Priority; ISO 1000; 1/60 sec @ f / 6.3 hand held.