At sunrise, and using the safety of my vehicle, I photographed this up-close portrait of a bull elk bugling as he crossed the road.

Yellowstone National Park

Canon DSLR camera, Canon 500mm IS L Lens, Tripod with Ballhead Mount. For discussion of shutter speed, f-stop, available light, and my technique, please visit my profile page…thank you :-)


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I started out as an artist, became a pilot, and ended up where I am now: nature photographer and educator. Being a pilot allowed me to observe the Earth and humanity’s impact on it from 30,000 feet for many years. It allowed me to experience different cultures and to see the world through many lenses.

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  • Istvan froghunter
    Istvan froghunterover 3 years ago

    Fantastic photo William! Fav!

  • thank you Istvan for the very kind words :-)

    – William C. Gladish

  • KatsEyePhoto
    KatsEyePhotoover 3 years ago

    wonderful shot!

  • thank you KatsEye :-)

    – William C. Gladish

  • Dennis Stewart
    Dennis Stewartover 3 years ago

    Well captured and an amazing animal

  • thank you Dennis :-)

    – William C. Gladish

  • heatherfriedman
    heatherfriedmanover 3 years ago


  • thank you Heather for the very kind comment :-)

    – William C. Gladish

  • Rob Lavoie
    Rob Lavoieover 3 years ago

    Nice shot

  • thanks Rob :-)

    – William C. Gladish

  • Paulette1021
    Paulette1021over 3 years ago

    Great Shot !!

  • thank you Paulette :-)

    – William C. Gladish

  • John  De Bord Photography
    John De Bord ...over 3 years ago

    Nicely done, don’t get to close, though! They are so unpredictable during the rut. May have to hit ya up for some location advice for next season up in Yellowstone for the Rut, we are thinking about heading up there, we usually stay in CO to capture it all, but the fences in RMNP have really put a damper on things

  • thank you John…I do keep my distance, but sometimes you get lucky and a bull will cross right by the vehicle for a nice safe close-up…I love the Madison and Swan Lake areas to observe elk in Yellowstone :-)

    – William C. Gladish

  • Loree McComb
    Loree McCombover 3 years ago

    BRAVO – what a fantastic capture mid bugle

  • thank you Loree :-)

    – William C. Gladish

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