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Ice Vampire

Ice Vampire
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Copyright: Grzegorz Wieczorek (red45) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-01-23
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Olympus 740UZ
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/200 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds and Animals in the Snow [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-01-26 3:46
Viewed: 4932
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This one is for special request of my wife. A Deer. I don't like this Bambi face with icicles like claws very much, much more like spiders, cats or snakes, but I have no choice :-) So, say good morning to Bambi. A Deer - animal which made most popular and well known band of outlaws in Europe :-) Slaying King's Deers wasn't good idea in Medieval Europe :-) By the way - I love tv series Robin Hood. But of course its English version with Michael Pread/Jason Connery as a Robin. My favourite character is Will Scarlet I like his aggression closed deep inside which sometimes explode :-) Great soundtrack from Clannad makes mystical atmosphere and one of best if not the best pictures of misty and mysterious forest. Back to Bambi - few words from web:


The true deer belong to the family Cervidae, but the term "deer is used for two related families- the musk deer of the family Moschidae, and the mouse deer of the family Tragulidae. True deer, or cervids, share many characteristics with other artiodactyls or rumiants, including cloven hooves, adaptations for speedy locomotion and a diet of plants a relatively short tail, incisors in the lower jaw only, and relatively high-crowned cheek teeth (three molars and three premolars).

The true deer or cervids number about 45 spp1, while the musk deer has 4 spp, and the mouse deer has 4 spp. As a group, deer comprise about 26% of the 175 ungulate species represented by 8 families.

Cervids are the only mammals having antlers. Antlers are bony outgrowths of the frontal bones of male deer. The caribou and its domestic counterpart, the reindeer, are exceptions, in that the females have smaller antlers. The Chinese water deer has no antlers at all.

Deer have a four-chambered or "ruminant stomach, that serves as a series of compartments for bacterial fermentation of plant foods high in cellulose. Mechanical breakdown of plant fiber is facilitated by chewing the cud. This specialized form of digestion is known as rumination.

The musk deer (family Moschidae) are confined to the mountains of Asia; they lack antlers, and are relatives of the true deer. They have well developed hindquarters and are built for leaping, they also have a distinctive hunched posture. The males have large canines, and a musk gland on the belly produces a highly aromatic scent that is undoubtedly associated with territorial defense.

The mouse deer and chevrotains belong to the family Tragulidae and are much smaller than any true deer (only kg.). Like musk deer they lack antlers, but males have tusks which are effective weapons used against rival males. They live on a diet of fruit and foliage, and are confined to the tropical forests of Asia and Africa.

cafecrem, thistle, gerhardt, Janice, marhowie, carper, willie, Fisher, mogens-j, Luc, extramundi, perijove, azulu, PDP, valy67, Finland_in_Eton has marked this note useful
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To Jancie: Well...red45 3 01-26 05:28
To olar: Dziekuje pieknie :-)red45 1 01-26 05:27
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Good morning Bambi ;-) I really love you! Your sweet face, delicate eyes and pretty antlers! You are cute and very, very beautiful :-)

It's interesting but, I would say, weird capture of deer. I don't think I've ever seen something like that. Anyway, its nice portrait with good composition and sharpness.
Well done.

Excellent shot Greg. I love the effect of the ice, though sadly I consider the impact on the poor deer as well. Because we do not have these adverse cold weather I can't contemplate these effects it has. I remember the one duck Gert posted as well. Same problem. Thanks for sharing this.

Interesting notes Greg. Poor Bambi so cold in the snow. It makes me shiver, and it is only 24 degrees celsius here too. I love his stumpy antlers.
This Will Scarlet/Will Red isn't a type of Red45 is he, with aggression closed deep inside which sometimes explodes?
Back to Bambi: Good shot, and thanks for showing this poor creature in the snow:)

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  • olar Gold Star Critiquer [C: 137 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-01-26 5:19]
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Ładne zwierzątko. Śliczne futerko i różki. Tylko szkoda ze tak strasznie zmarzł.

Very good shot Greg.
You catch this young buck very nice.
Very good details, colours and pose.
Great work.

Great portrait, I'd push a bit contrast and saturation. Good sharpness, focus and subject.
Very well done.

Perfect photo I love this pose.
Very well done!

Grzegorz, Very good sharpness, detail & light. You've composed this mugshot nicely & the frosty upper-lip adds good interest to the shot. Excellent note..TFS!!

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-01-26 10:20]

Very nice one and even better when I am reading the good note, the ice is a nice detail, the composition is nice even as the pof, very good job

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  • willie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1023 W: 61 N: 648] (2083)
  • [2005-01-26 12:35]

Very nice shot of the buck Greg. Good work, No nits

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-01-26 13:30]

Well done on this capture. Very detailed and well composed.


Really lovely morning capture just after brushing the teeth and still with the tooth paste hanging out of the mouth;-). I really like the soft light and colours. Great dof with good sharpness. - Well done Grzegorz.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-01-26 15:26]

Nice compo and PoV for this deer, Greg.
Great sharpness with an excellent note.
Thanks a lot.

It looks to me a bit prehistoric, with the incipient horns, and the ice. It is a nice post, I agree with the request :)

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-01-26 19:43]

Grzegorz, a different picture - at least to me. At the same time I have the feeling it's cute and... scary. Interesting mixture.

Nice composition.

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  • azulu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 111 W: 0 N: 75] (374)
  • [2005-01-27 6:43]

Hi Grzegorz. Very Interesting shot. Good sharpness.



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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-01-27 8:46]

Very good photo Grzegorz, the lighting and of course the icicles. Very well done.

Nice composition, focus is perfect with great detail.

Poor deer doesn't look too happy sitting there with icicle fangs hanging off his lip. TFS Bambi with us.

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