Not the smartest thing I’ve ever done…filming an angry elk

Oh look! It’s a beautiful elk! He looks so powerful and strong. He’s making lots of loud elk noises, so he’s obviously not very happy. So what do I do? Go up to the fence to get a photo. But a photo isn’t enough. I want a video!

As you can see, my unhappy elk did NOT appreciate being filmed one bit! I guess it’s lucky that he didn’t jump over the fence to let me know. I could have been the featured story on Romania’s Dumbest Tourists segment. It would have served me right.

Afterwards – when I could hold my camera again without shaking – I was able to get another shot that I was proud of. From a LONG distance away!


For me, it’s so easy to get caught up in the moment while practicing travel photography. It’s all about capturing that perfect instant in time to share. So far I’ve twisted my ankle (twice!) and skinned my knees on volcanic rock while trying to get a perfect shot, but fortunately nothing too scary.

Have you ever done something “not so smart” for a photo or video? To what lengths would you go for the perfect shot? Was it worth it? (That’s a silly question. Of course it was!) 🙂

Happy shooting!


About the author

Lisa is a traveler, photographer and pharmacist. She and her partner Cheryl MacDonald enjoy sharing inspiration and good health with fellow travelers!


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  • For a college photography class I channeled my inner Steve Irwin (RIP) and snuck up on a GIGANTIC Gator who was sunning on the bank of a creek here at a local park to get a close-up. Thankfully for me he didn’t chomp my legs off, but I was within about 3 feet of this guy. (or girl). My weird obsession with seeing alligators got the best of me that day and I’m pretty sure it could have really ended badly. Maybe the gator liked having it’s photos taken?

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