Bull Elk Sparring Match

Discussion in 'Len's Nature Photos' started by Len Backus, Aug 9, 2007.

  1. Len Backus

    Len Backus Administrator Staff Member

    Messages:
    6,345
    Joined:
    May 2, 2001
    These two guys were going at it for quite a while. Disclaimer: No animals were hurt in the filming of this scene!

    So...the antlers being locked is key to this shot. One raised foot adds to the tension. The plane of focus is parallel to the elk. The snow on the ground adds great contrast and impression of sharpness.


    Equipment used:
    Nikon D1X camera
    80-200mm VR lens
    1/120 sec at F6.3
     

    Attached Files:

  2. lovdasnow

    lovdasnow Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    953
    Joined:
    Nov 13, 2005
    thats a great shot! love your images. how far away were you?

    one more question, does a higher F stop cause more things to be in focus in the entire image? and so, a lower F stop cause the subject to be in focus, and the background/foreground to be blurred? trying to get a better handle on some of this stuff.

    thanks for posting, jon
     

  3. Len Backus

    Len Backus Administrator Staff Member

    Messages:
    6,345
    Joined:
    May 2, 2001
    Jon, thanks.

    You got it right. In general, lots of depth of focus is good. But there could be times when you'd like to downplay a busy, distracting background and then using a lower F stop (which means a bigger opening in the lens' shutter) will be better. And of course, in low light as in this image, you must go with a lower F stop in order to have a fast enough shutter speed to avoid the effects of camera shake or subject movement induced image blur.

    I shot this at about 80 mm, so I was probably 150 feet or so away.
     
  4. junior111111

    junior111111 New Member

    Messages:
    2
    Joined:
    Sep 16, 2007
    man

    why dont we see stuff like this in the uk:(..thats a brilliant picture mate:)..
     
  5. shootinfool

    shootinfool Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    248
    Joined:
    Sep 22, 2007
    nice photo, love the fighting bulls.
     
  6. wildcat338

    wildcat338 Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    199
    Joined:
    Sep 20, 2005
    Len once again GREAT PICS!!! I really love these pics and the others as well almost like being there simply AWESOME!!! I bet its good to have such willing subjects as well :)

    That bull on the right looks to have some very nice mass also.

    Aloha!!!
     
  7. Len Backus

    Len Backus Administrator Staff Member

    Messages:
    6,345
    Joined:
    May 2, 2001
    Guys, thanks much for your comments. I am glad you enjoy seeing the pictures. I just got back from Colorado, I'll post some fall color pictures later this week.
     
  8. MachV

    MachV Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    1,385
    Joined:
    May 31, 2001
    Great pic!!

    I really like the info that goes along with what made it a good pic and what could be done differently. Please keepem coming Len!
     
  9. bigg_sexy1

    bigg_sexy1 Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    285
    Joined:
    Dec 27, 2007
    Great picture Len, I have got to see bulls spar once but never seen a pair of them in an all out battle (ther than on TV). In the area that we hunt we have like 30' circles where the bulls had dug into the turf while have it out. It would be a pretty impressive sight to see a couple of monarchs get at er, thats alot of horsepower!
     
  10. yotefever

    yotefever Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    456
    Joined:
    May 27, 2006
    I sure love the pic Len, looks like a better pic then I could have gotten with my old Minolta SRT 101. ;-)))
    I will probably be out coyote hunting Saturday, depending on the weather. If you want to go for a hike let me know.

    Mike
     
  11. Len Backus

    Len Backus Administrator Staff Member

    Messages:
    6,345
    Joined:
    May 2, 2001
    Mike, thanks. I will either be bowhunting or doing some final rifle shooting in prep for my Montana mule deer hunt trip next Tuesday.

    How about some time in December or January?
     
  12. MagMan

    MagMan Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    1,008
    Joined:
    Dec 20, 2002
    Len that is a great picture. Not sure why I didn't look at it before. I must have overlooked it.

    How many pictures do you have to sort through to fine "the one"?
     
  13. Len Backus

    Len Backus Administrator Staff Member

    Messages:
    6,345
    Joined:
    May 2, 2001
    Quite a few.
     
  14. yotefever

    yotefever Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    456
    Joined:
    May 27, 2006
    Sounds good Len I"ll give you a call.

    Mike