Saturday, December 19, 2015

Elk In The Neighborhood

The Neighborhood Elk - Stallion Springs, California
Sony RX100 II, 1/125, f/10, ISO 1000, 100mm (equivalent).
Recently the local elk, which live on the nearby historic Tejon Ranch, have wandered into my neighborhood. They do this many times each year. They've even come right up into my yard several times.

I'm not a wildlife photographer, but sometimes wildlife photography opportunities present themselves, and so I take advantage. That's the case here. I didn't search out these elk, they were nearby out in the open.

Elk are big. Their horns are intimidating. These animals could really do some damage. You don't want to get too close! You should exercise caution when photographing them.

Within the wildlife photography community you will commonly hear that you need certain gear in order to be a wildlife photographer. You'll hear this within every genre, but it seems especially prevalent with wildlife photographers.

I used a Sony RX100 II pocket camera to capture these photographs, which is not one of the cameras on the "approved" list for this type of photography. It goes to show that any camera can be used to capture great photographs--even wildlife photographs--as long as the photographer is capable.

Sure, there are certainly some cameras and lenses that would make wildlife photography easier. But limitations can actually drive your photographs to be better by forcing you to be more creative. Limitations are only "bad" if you let them be. Instead, think outside-the-box. Change your approach. Use what you have to the best of your ability. And don't worry what others think of your gear.
Bull Elk Dinner - Stallion Springs, California
Sony RX100 II, 1/100, f/3.5, ISO 160, 52mm (equivalent).
Elk In The Neighborhood, Autumn 2015 - Stallion Springs, California
Sony RX100 II, 1/500, f/8, ISO 400, 100mm (equivalent).

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