Colorado Elk Photos Rocky Mountain National Park

Colorado Elk Photos Rocky Mountain National Park

Colorado Elk Photos Rocky Mountain National Park. After completing our sunrise photos of the Mummy Range we made our way down to Upper Beaver Meadows for Elk viewing. Upon arrival we found a gaggle of photographers positioned roadside all decked out with their telephoto lenses. We were all here to photograph the Colorado Elk in rutting season. Snow had fallen in Rocky Mountain National Park the previous night and can be seen in these images. A number of Bull Elk could be seen and heard bugling as they grazed upon the wild grasses in Upper Beaver Meadows. Even though it was well after sunrise the Elk were still active due to the cool temperatures. These images were taken from Upper Beaver Meadows along the side of the road on October 3rd around 9:15am.

Colorado Elk Photo Gallery – Rocky Mountain National Park

Gear Used to Photograph Elk in Rocky Mountain National Park

The following camera gear was used in the Colorado Wildlife Photography of Elk in rutting season at Rocky Mountain National Park:

    Colorado Bull Elk in Rocky Mountain National Park

  • a Nikon D810 with MD12 Battery Grip and Really Right Stuff L-Bracket,
  • F-Stop Gear Aloe Green Tilopa Back Pack (with large Pro ICU),
  • the Tamron 150-600mm, f/5-6.3,
  • a Really Right Stuff TVC-34L tripod with series 3 quick column,
  • and a Really Right Stuff BH-55 LR Ballhead and B2-AS-II quick-release clamp.

The 9:15am morning exposures for the Elk photos averaged between 1/250 second and 1/2000 second at f/6.3 with an ISO of 400 and 200. We used the Nikon D810’s Aperture Priority Mode. The focal length used to capture the images averaged between 260mm and 600mm while a few images were take at 150mm.

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