This time of year I normally will venture up to Rocky Mountain National Park to see the bull elk rutting for their mates, but unfortunately with the government shutdown the park is closed so I’ll have to find a different place to see elk. I conducted a private photo tour in Rocky Mountain National Park the week it rained and flooded here in Colorado. We were lucky enough the first day to get out in the park when it was just lightly drizzling. The crowds were low and the cool weather brought out the elk in plain sight. This allowed us easy access the Elk out in Moraine Park and Beaver Meadows.
We left the park Thursday morning. It was quite an adventure. We had intended to drive down Highway 7 to see the southern end of the park, but all the roads east and south were closed due to bridges or the road being washed out. We escaped over Trail Ridge Road via Grand Lake before they eventually closed that road to pedestrian traffic. The tour was still a success. We were able to take advantage of the waterfalls in the park, which I’ll share with you over the coming weeks.
- I used a 2X Extender in conjunction with my 70-200mm lens to give further reach for this image since the elk was out in the field. Many times you will need some extra focal distance and an extender will allow you to extend the reach of an existing telephoto lens and not have to carry the larger lens. The sacrifice is I lost 2 f-stops going from a f/2.8 to a f/5.6 lens and some sharpness which I added back in post processing.
- Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
- Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Telephoto Zoom Lens
- Extender: Canon 2x EF Extender III CANON 2X (Teleconverter)
- ISO: 100
- Focal Length: 235 mm
- Aperture: f/5.6
- Shutter Speed: 1/125 sec.
- Post Processing: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 Software For Mac, Adobe Photoshop CS6 for Mac