I left my house at 3 am and arrived in the Pennsylvania Wilds about 3 1/2 hours later. It was still dark when I arrived, so I got situated where they usually congregated. As it started to get lighter outside, I could see about 10 Elk in the meadow.
I knew it would be a low-light shot, so I grabbed the 600mm f4 lens and made the appropriate settings. In a few minutes, it started to get lighter, and I could clearly see the Elk.
There was a unique layer of fog behind the Elk, and it was changing shape constantly. Suddenly, a bull and a cow moved closer to me and started doing some pre-mating moves. I was able to get a few shots at 1/80 f4 iso 6400. At that moment, I was wishing I had a 400mm f2.8. That's next on my Santa Claus list, but I was pretty happy with how the photos came out.
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