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Athabasca River Elk

Marty’s photo of the day #3011: I’m so glad I no longer use film cameras! I used film cameras for about half of my travels for my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents, before forever switching to digital. The bitch about film is that if something went wrong, I wouldn’t know it until I got home and had the film developed. You should see my collection of blurry platypus photos from Australia! I took this photo, in Alberta, Canada, as this amazing elk crossed the Athabasca River—heading right for me. Unfortunately, my zoom lens had basically died without telling me a few days earlier. Consequently, none of the elk photos were publishable quality. This is the best of the bunch, and it only works because I had to cut the noise, boost the vibrancy, and sharpen the hell out of it.

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