With that part of it aside-we had a great time viewing and photographing the elk.
Canon Mk IV 1D; 600 f4 at f4 1/100; ISO 2500 EC +.67
Canon Mk IV 1D; 600 f4 at f4; 1/160 ISO 2000 ec+.67
Canon Mk IV 1D; Canon 600mm f4 at f4 1.40; ISO4000 ec+.67
Canon Mk IV 1 D; Canon 600 f4 at f4; 1/100 ISO 2500 EC +.67
Canon Mk IV 1D; canon 600 f4 at f4.5; 1/125 ISO 4000 EC +.67
Canon Mk IV 1D; Canon 600 f4 at f4.5; 1/125 ISO 4000 EC +.67
Canon Mk IV 1D; Canon 600 f4 at f4; 1/60 ISO2000
Since most of the good photo opportunities were early in the morning and late in the evening, it gave us a good chance to really push the ISO capabilities of the camera. I had previously thought I would need to stop at ISO 2000 to retain good picture quality-but this trip proved that theory wrong. I was able to take high quality pictures up to an including ISO 4000.
here is a parting shot. Joan took this picture of me after we had walked to the back of the reclaim area in hunt zone 2. I had walked across the open field area toward the elk to see if they would spook-the wind was to my back and I was in the open. I walked to within 15 yards of the elk and they did not show any signs of fear or anxiousness. This is the spot where friends had been a few weeks prior and the archer and/or the archer's "guide" that were hunting there made claims that "anti's" had interfered with the hunt. No one spooked any elk or attempted to spook any elk and the archer could have directly walked up to the elk if he had so chosen.
Until next time