Bull elk, classic lip curl behavior

Comments on how to improve image

What technical feedback would you like if any?

What artistic feedback would you like if any?

Any pertinent technical details: Canon 7D Mark II, Canon EF-100-400mm 4.5/6.3L @ 400mm

1/640 @ F-7.1 ISO 800 tripod

You may only download this image to demonstrate post-processing techniques.

Hi John: Did you mean to post this small a version? It doesn’t expand when I click on it. Glorious spread to those antlers.

No, I guess not, will check on which copy I sent. I have not changed how I post, so not sure. Do find this system not as easy as the old NPN, at least not for me.

I fixed it so you can see the larger version now.


Beautiful capture and great timing to really help tell the story. I like the placement in the frame and all the surrounding, supporting vegetation all work great. No nitpicks or suggestions for improvement.


Great action and wonderful setting here!
If you have some more canvas at the bottom, I would have preferred the dark bushes on the RHS too.
Ideally a lesser DOF would have helped this frame a lot, but I believe it wasn’t possible with the 100-400 you’re using.

I like your composition and the awesome head-on pose. Good detail in the larger version. Perhaps slightly oversaturated?