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    Bronze Elk

    This bronze elk statue is at the entrance to the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole, WY. I was going by at sunrise and stopped to take a photo.

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    Re: Bronze Elk

    very dramatic pic I do like
    and the chosen light helps a lot

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    I like it quite a bit but would have preferred a bit more space at the top and the left. They 2 figures seem constrained in that tight space especially in that vast background.

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    Re: Bronze Elk

    Thank you Nicola ad Bobo, I will have to go back another time and shoot the scene again. I choose to make it a tight because there is a building just to the left. I may be able to work around that. I do appreciate the input.

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    Re: Bronze Elk

    I don't remember ever disagreeing with Bobo, but I think the space on the left is fine. I actually wish there was more space on the right.

    Thanks so much for sharing this image. The day that I saw that sculpture, the weather was bad.That explains why we were exploring the museum rather than enjoying the fabulous outdoors where you live. I don't suppose there is any chance that we could become best friends so my wife and I could stay at your home any time we want.

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    Re: Bronze Elk

    Hi Chuck! I wonder, if you are going back to reshoot, would a lower shooting angle put the subjects a bit more above the background? If so, would it also minimize the road and fence which doesn't seem to quite fit the rest of the scene?

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    Re: Bronze Elk

    Mike and Frank, thanks for the feedback. Mike, I'm glad you had a chance to visit the museum. It has a wonderful collection and often has traveling shows of photographers. The bronze is tough to shoot. Getting the right light and leaving out roads, buildings, fences, etc creates a real challenge. Frank, I think your suggestion of shooting from a lower angle is a really good idea. I don't think I will be able to do that soon but I will put it on my list. Appreciate the help, as usual.

    Cheers, chuck

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    Re: Bronze Elk

    It's an interesting image for a documentary of a statue. You photographed someone else's art as the main subject, so it depends on your goal in shooting whether you achieved what you wanted. As a suggestion if you go back, try moving to the left and shooting the statue at more of an angle. It might make for a more dynamic composition. My two cents worth.

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    Re: Bronze Elk

    Hi Chuck,

    I seem to have a different idea; I was going to suggest shooting from a slightly higher vantage point (if possible); the aim being to have the distant hill line not broken by the foreground rock the Elk are on.

    I particularly like the right most two elk in front of that middle distance lit hillside.

    Cheers,

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    Re: Bronze Elk

    Ken, An interesting point about photographing someone else's art. I'm sure there are ethical issues that I have not considered. My goal in shooting the scene was to simply see if I could isolate the statue with good lighting while avoiding background objects that detract from the image. Ihad dinner last evening with a member of the museum Board of Directors. I told him about the photo and he suggested that the museum might be interested in using it for their publications. From my perspective it is a good challenge for me to practice my photography. I did try shooting from the left but then the museum building shows up in the photo. I will go back and try it again just to be sure. Thanks again for your help. - chuck

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    Re: Bronze Elk

    Dave, I'll go scope it out. It is a beautiful statue that is a real challenge to photograph. Perhaps I will have to learn to use my Elements 10 better. - chucik

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    The picture does convey how fantastic those Elk are.

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