I'll not likely ever repeat a shot similar to this one captured on a fall evening in Rocky Mountain National Park.
Photographing multiple animals (vs. a single animal) significantly increases the compositional challenge and especially with a 600mm lens in use, having all of the animals in the plane of sharp focus, especially at f/4, is a big challenge.
At this moment, these three subjects aligned themselves nicely for me at this moment.
The number 3 is meaningful to this discussion in that an odd (vs. even) number of animals often works best compositionally (note that it also works well in landscape photography and in landscaping).
When multiple animals are in the frame, interaction between those animals usually increases the image's appeal.
If you look carefully at this photo, you will see a quite humorous interaction occurring.
The bull is licking the cow who is showing us her shocked face.
The cow's yearling is looking intently at the behavior, seemingly very interested in what is happening.
The yearling facing the opposite direction somewhat completes a circle (while a portion of the circle of life plays out).
Icing on the cake is that the head shadows of the cow and yearling are showing facing each other on the side of the bull.
There are two openings remaining for the September elk in rut photo tour, one for each week.
The time is rapidly running out, but it's not too late for you to join a small group of passionate wildlife photographers pursuing these awesome animals and the beauty of RMNP.
Photographers at all skill levels are invited to join!
"Bull Elk in Rut and Much More", Rocky Mountain National Park
- 1 Opening: Sun, September 15 to Sat, September 21, 2019
- 1 Opening: Sun, September 22 to Sat, September 28, 2019
- Sign Up for September 2020
to sign up!
Photographers at all skill levels are also invited to join me for these tours:
Fall Landscape in Acadia National Park Instructional Photography Tour
Tue, Oct 15 through Sun, Oct 20, 2019
"Whitetail Buck in Rut and Much More", Shenandoah National Park
Sun, November 10 to Wed, November 13, 2019 and/or Wed, November 13 - Sat, November 16, 2019
to sign up!
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr