Foggy Mornings

Trying to photograph elk in foggy mornings is not easy but it sure is fun!

I enjoy being around the elk whenever I can, even when the weather conditions are not conducive to photography. We all know that photography literally means “painting with light” so light is definitely required! Photographers are notorious complainers when the light is not so good like in the middle of the day or when it’s raining. If we had our druthers (what are druthers anyway?) we would prefer soft, quality light all the time on each and every shoot. Unfortunately, this is not always possible and if we wait for perfect lighting we will not capture many photos.

Added to this is the fact that I have limited time on the elk range. So the days I am there I have to deal with whatever conditions the good Lord provides. I always prefer to see the cup as half-full. Besides, a bad day of elk photography is better than most other days away from the elk!

One particular morning in September, we came onto a nice bull. His rack was impressive and he was a very nice animal to photograph. The lighting conditions were not so good. It was foggy and the amount of light was limited. I decided to shoot some shots anyway and see what I might be able to accomplish. This next photo was one that I liked. What do you think?

By the way, “druthers” is a noun which means “free choice” or “would rather.” It is used especially in the phrase “if one had one’s druthers.” For example, if I had my druthers, I’d be photographing elk today!”

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