I think the best wildlife photos seem to express the emotion of animals. This bull elk is crossing the Hailstone after a night of grazing. He is in no hurry and seems to be reflecting. My point is that bull photos can be more than just muscular, they can express a broad range of emotions.
Maybe expressing this is best done in more of a landscape approach like the photo below. This perspective places the bull in a broader context, and in that context we interpret his gaze and posture differently. We see what he is focused on, and that he is alone. A more conventional tight shot would not give us the rest of the story. This is more of a painting.
|Shoot Elk in Landscape Compositions to Tell a Story|