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Miracles in the Mist

Published January 19th, 2013

Miracles in the Mist
A voice tells me to put on my telephoto lens 15 min. before seeing Elk. A voice tells me to turn my head hard right as I am driving and I spot two cow elk stepping into the misty river. I turn my eyes back to the highway where there just happens to be a pullout for me to stop. There just happens to be a clear path for me to run to river's edge among swamps and fences. The fog illuminates as the sun is just beginning to rise. The elk are 200 yards out and almost across the river as I arrive at the rivers edge. A voice tells me to bugle with my mouth and despite my doubt that they will hear me I am obedient and they return to within 100 yards. Ducks and geese come out of nowhere and begin swimming in the background as I am shooting pictures. The elk stick around for ten minutes giving me many opportunities to take shots and adjust my camera and shoot again with a final silhouette pose by the bull as he pushes his cows around the end of the island. Due to the poor lighting conditions of first daylight, the shutter speed was well below accepted limits for a hand held telephoto without getting motion blur. However, I ended up with 80 stunning shots out of a 100 despite those limits. This area is not known for elk and locals say at-most they pass through here twice a year and after 40 plus years of constant travel on this highway I had never seen elk in the area before this.



After taking the last picture I sat down with tears of joy streaming down my face, and thanked God for the Miracles in the mist as I realized only he could have orchestrated this photo shoot.



See more of these on my web page:



http://johnharwood.smugmug.com/Wildlife/Elk/Elk/19192115_ZMPN5j#!i=1529190375&k=Pdz5QrD

Elk in the Mist II

Miracles in the Mist
A voice tells me to put on my telephoto lens 15 min. before seeing Elk. A voice tells me to turn my head hard right as I am driving and I spot two cow elk stepping into the misty river. I turn my eyes back to the highway where there just happens to be a pullout for me to stop. There just happens to be a clear path for me to run to river's edge among swamps and fences. The fog illuminates as the sun is just beginning to rise. The elk are 200 yards out and almost across the river as I arrive at the rivers edge. A voice tells me to bugle with my mouth and despite my doubt that they will hear me I am obedient and they return to within 100 yards. Ducks and geese come out of nowhere and begin swimming in the background as I am shooting pictures. The elk stick around for ten minutes giving me many opportunities to take shots and adjust my camera and shoot again with a final silhouette pose by the bull as he pushes his cows around the end of the island. Due to the poor lighting conditions of first daylight, the shutter speed was well below accepted limits for a hand held telephoto without getting motion blur. However, I ended up with 80 stunning shots out of a 100 despite those limits. This area is not known for elk and locals say at-most they pass through here twice a year and after 40 plus years of constant travel on this highway I had never seen elk in the area before this.

After taking the last picture I sat down with tears of joy streaming down my face, and thanked God for the Miracles in the mist as I realized only he could have orchestrated this photo shoot.
See more:
http://johnharwood.smugmug.com/Wildlife/Elk/Elk/19192115_ZMPN5j#!i=1529190375&k=Pdz5QrD

Elk in the Mist III

Miracles in the Mist
A voice tells me to put on my telephoto lens 15 min. before seeing Elk. A voice tells me to turn my head hard right as I am driving and I spot two cow elk stepping into the misty river. I turn my eyes back to the highway where there just happens to be a pullout for me to stop. There just happens to be a clear path for me to run to river's edge among swamps and fences. The fog illuminates as the sun is just beginning to rise. The elk are 200 yards out and almost across the river as I arrive at the rivers edge. A voice tells me to bugle with my mouth and despite my doubt that they will hear me I am obedient and they return to within 100 yards. Ducks and geese come out of nowhere and begin swimming in the background as I am shooting pictures. The elk stick around for ten minutes giving me many opportunities to take shots and adjust my camera and shoot again with a final silhouette pose by the bull as he pushes his cows around the end of the island. Due to the poor lighting conditions of first daylight, the shutter speed was well below accepted limits for a hand held telephoto without getting motion blur. However, I ended up with 80 stunning shots out of a 100 despite those limits. This area is not known for elk and locals say at-most they pass through here twice a year and after 40 plus years of constant travel on this highway I had never seen elk in the area before this.

After taking the last picture I sat down with tears of joy streaming down my face, and thanked God for the Miracles in the mist as I realized only he could have orchestrated this photo shoot.

  • September 22nd, 2011
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • 400mm / f/7.1 / 1/320 sec

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JohnHarwood
John Harwood  over 2 years ago
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Thank You All!! When I do shows people always ask me, how I orchestrated such an amazing shot with all those elements? My response is that I had a little help from the man upstairs and then tell them how it all came about. The response is amazing and some even weep tears of joy just seeing the picture. I have been told many times to share this on a bigger platform to inspire others and give credit where credit is due, so here it is. Please feel free to share with others who could use some inspiration.
elwinhi
Elwin Higgins  over 2 years ago
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I'm loving this story John! It's so exciting knowing that you've caught something amazing on a decent camera. The anticipation of uploading and revisiting is something i love.
JohnHarwood
John Harwood  over 2 years ago
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Thank You!
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Franco  over 2 years ago
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Beautiful sequence. Atmosphere of great impact.
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David Dobrzynski  over 2 years ago
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John, These are outstanding shots! I've found that the best photo opportunities usually present themselves when we least expect them, thus my habit of always carrying a camera with me wherever I go. Your experience with these elk are further evidence of this! Keep up the great work and always keep your eyes open for new opportubities. I enjoyed your photos and story a lot! Great way to start my day. I'm inspired!
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John Harwood  over 2 years ago
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JohnHarwood
John Harwood  over 2 years ago
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Than You!!