I hope no one is getting bored with the series of photographs and videos on the Elk rescue but as you can see I have many images I wanted to share and the story is rather long to tell it all. Besides if I have any of you hooked then you need to keep coming back each day to find out what happens next, LOL.
Today I thought I would give you a more over all view of the area, in the first photo Shane (if you missed it yesterday, Shane started his blog back up with photos and videos of the incident, he will post every Tuesday and Thursday) takes a break from shooting as Willard (in the background) records some stills of the incident. As you can see we made camp right on the hood of my truck, coffee, breakfast and the memory card case open and ready. The next two photographs are Willard and Shane recording the action. In the fourth photo taken around 7:30 the conservation officer has returned and blocked off the street with his truck, you can also see some of the other vehicles and people that came to the area to watch and photograph the events unfolding. All four were taken with the Nikon D70, I had not used this camera for over a year since I gave it to Shane to use and learn photography. On this trip I gave him my back up camera the D90 along with the 80-400 VR to use photographing wildlife. For the first time ever using it he did pretty good. All of these were shot at ISO 500 with shutter speeds ranging from 1/50 to 1/320.
In the fifth photo you can see a close up of how the chains and seats became tangled in the Elk's antlers. This photo was taken at 8:04:30, note the condition of the antlers because at this time he was trying feverishly to get free when things went south for him causing my heart to sink. The last photograph was taken at 8:05:46, you will notice that the antler on his left side has broken off. At this point I became even more worried for the well being of the bull when I realized the antler itself did not break but that is broke under the hide in the skull area. I related the fracture to a fractured skull on a person and felt at this time that the bull was destined to be put down. Thankfully that was not the end result. The last two photos were taken at ISO 640, the first at 1/250, f4, 315 mm, the last at 1/400, f4.5 at 292 mm.
Unfortunately like some blogs I can't mix my comments in between my photos, for some reason if I do not post my photos first followed by the comments the images will not get any larger when you click on them.
While photographing a herd of cows, calves and yearlings the night before Shane and I had the opportunity to meet Bob Shank and his son James from the Pocono area of Pennsylvania. They have a cabin in the area and also like to photograph wildlife. Both showed up at the incident a little later and also captured images, their sites can be found by clicking their names in this post, please stop by them and see their perspective of what took place. I also hope everyone stops back tomorrow for the fourth installment of the Elk rescue.