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Old Oct 17, 2012, 10:30 PM   #1
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(EDIT--Title of thread was supposed to be "Pennsylvania Elk.")

(Not all of Pennsylvania looks like this.)

First leg of my endless daytrip was up to a small, isolated town of Benezette, Pa where the Elk make their appearance to those foolish enough to leave their houses in the middle of the night to get there right around dawn.

They're out for only about an hour or so and then go back into the woods to wait out the day to be active again at dusk. I shot these mostly at the long end of my 45-200 (I know it's "soft" at the extreme ends, but not as soft as I'd be if I wanted to get closer). These are pretty high ISO because of the low light so I applied a little NR.












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Old Oct 18, 2012, 9:14 AM   #2
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.....fantastic, you did well. I've been around many moose in the bush and along lake shore but I've never seen an elk in the wild.
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That's one big stag there in the B&W pic. Nice.
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Thanks. Of course for every good one there were plenty of misfires, but oh well. It's just funny how many blurry pictures of elkbutt I have on my HD right now.

Yeah, I wasn't so sure about the B&W one at first but now I think it's my favorite one. Also upon further review, it appears that I leveled my camera on the first one to the ground instead of (judging by the trees) actual level. Haha.

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That's one impressive critter. Nice rack. This is one of those rare instances where that's not a politically incorrect thing to say .
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the first three are really nice, the different levels of lighting on the background forest really add to the depth, great job!
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Great shots. And thanks for driving so far, getting up so early and hiking up to this location so we can enjoy these magnificent creatures from the comfort of our desk chairs.
Nice rack indeed!
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