BANFF 2017 - DAY 3 PART 2
Link to full sized image: http://www.tom-hill.biz/Galleries/Mammals/Elk/i-Ccw2mjL/A
Half the reason for driving the 150 miles to Jasper National Park from Banff was wildlife. My experience was Jasper was much more reliable for seeing wildlife while traveling the roads than Banff was. While I had tremendous success with landscape photography in Banff, I hadn't seen a single mammal during the first couple of days on the trip. So, I decided to cruise up to Jasper to see what there was to see. I wasn't disappointed.
A bit of doubt that I was going to see any major wildlife was slowly dawning on me as I drove into town. I thought I would drive to a couple of very reliable spots--they were reliable when I was last there almost eight years previously--to see what there was to see. Sure enough, there they were.
The first spot I stopped at was just a long the side of the road with a small group of Elk bulls. This group of six was simply bed down in the mid-day and stayed that way the whole time I was with them. As is normal in Jasper, if you keep you distance you can spend a lot of time with the big animals with no issues what so ever.
Let me be a little technical geeky. This image was among the first I shot with my brand new Nikon 500mm lens. My old 500mm lens was more than 17 years old and while great was not nearly as technically capable as the new lens with all its new technology. I got it completely motivated by the huge photographic trip to Japan next month. I haven't nearly put the lens through its paces so I don't know how great it really is. Initial impressions so far are very favorable. If you care, look at the full-sized image linked above to see how this lens renders at full resolution. It's pretty great stuff.