Elk in Rocky Mountain National Park
I just got back from Yellowstone National Park and the Grand Teton National Park yesterday. The fall colors were incredible and I’ll get some cool photos up in a few days but I wanted to post this cool elk pic I shot yesterday in RMNP. Tough to beat RMNP for photographing elk. RMNP is amazing but I’d love to see the Yellowstone wolves wander down this way and set up a pack. RMNP really suffers from the lack of an apex predator. Too many elk destroy the willows, then the beaver don’t have enough habitat, and on and on. Mother Nature had it right before we started killing all the predators. End on rant 🙂
I saw this one standing in a grove of aspens and the shot was pretty obscured so I just chilled out and watched him until he moved into a bit of a clearing. The fall is an awesome time to photograph elk, They’re in rut and are much less impacted by what’s going on around them. I get it, everything else is inconsequential when love is in the air.
I shot this with the Fuji X-T1 and the 55-200 Fuji lens. The Fuji 55-200 is fine as an all around telephoto lens but you really need a larger aperture if you want a lens that will render the background out of focus. For shots like this, I don’t want the background completely muted. The more i shoot, the I like the whole scene to be, if not in complete focus, at least recognizable.