Location & Date: Talbot Lake, Jasper National Park | 2015
Camera Set-Up: Nikon D800 w/ 200-400mm @ 400mm
Shutter Speed: 1/640th
As I have written before, Jasper’s Highway 16 that stretches east toward Edmonton is one of the premier locations in the world for photographing bull elk. Though I don’t love the consequences of where the elk reside (living next to an unfenced, high-speed thoroughfare has caused far too many deaths), you can’t argue about the backdrop that is the quintessential Canadian north. Years of photographing these big fellas means that my only real interest, aside from appreciating their beauty, is capturing the bulls in unique settings – like swimming across Talbot Lake. One evening, Jill and I were lucky enough to spot a group of six bulls, one by one, enter the water and swim for the far shore. While we missed the first few swims, I was able to handhold this one shot, capturing both the reflection and the stunning light provided by the setting sun.