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Good bye, Zoo

Good bye, Zoo
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Copyright: Alexei Alyokhin (Alex99) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-12-30
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D, Minolta AF 100-400 F4.5-6.7 Zoom APO, Hoya HMC Super UV(0) 72 mm
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/800 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): 100 points or more (Chapter 2), !Horns; big, long or otherwise [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-01-06 4:36
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Points: 142
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This picture finishes my small series of the photos taken by me in the Odessa Zoo with the purpose of testing of my new lens. This purpose has induced me to visit a zoo which I did not see many years. And I do not regret about it.

Firstly, it allowed me together with you, my dear friends, to specify my conception about zoo photography. Certainly, such kind of photography has the right to existence. And everyone solves for himself where and what to photograph and what pictures to expose at TN. It seems to me, that critical remarks in this occasion are not quite correct.

Secondly, I have found out, that this kind of a photography is not interesting for me. There is no element of passion, raid, hunting in it.

Thirdly, I was convinced, that in Odessa Zoo remarkable people are working who, in heavy years, despite of ruin and absence of funds in the country, have managed to preserve animals and to create for them quite decent conditions. All animals are healthy, full up, in a good condition (it can be seen on my photos). The Zoo is pure, tidy, well well-groomed. That cages for predatory mammals are awful, it is not fault of employees of a zoo, and it is their trouble.

Many thanks to all of them for their selfless labor.

Fourthly, my collection was enriched with the whole series of good pictures, as it follows from your comments, which have served as one more occasion for pleasant dialogue with you.

And as a summary. I could not deny to this charming deer in pleasure to appear before you. You see, how he asks me for it.

Happy journey to you, my beautiful Deer.

About Roe Deer you can see:
The Roe Deer Capreolus capreolus
Roe deer (Capreolus capreolus)
The Roe deer (Capreolus capreolus)
Capreolus capreolus (Russian)

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Magnífico retrato Alexei. Muy buenos detalles y una nitidez fabulosa.
Tu comentario bastante acertado.
Saludos, JL.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-01-06 5:01]

Hi Alexei

Yes, quite a beautiful summary of another collection of your photos.
Indeed your points in the note are right and i'm plased that at least somebody is taking care of these animals, in every way they can :)
This is yet another wonderful portrait from you!
This little deer was practically asking you to take it's picture ;)
The POV here is excellent, the details are clear and sharp, the natural colors are very beautiful and well saturated and the exposure is correctly chosen.
A very nice composition, my friend!

Bravo and TFS

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-01-06 5:19]

Hi Alexei,
Rich details, wonderful light and texture, excellent dof to leave artificial bg oof and a meaninful pose that is well connected with your feeling expressed in the note.
I agree wtih you point by point with your reflection about zoo photos.
TFS, José M.

hi alexei,
nice shot,
well composed,
nice pov, good dof,
well done,
tfs & regards

Hi Alex,
I did a simular thing in November. I was able to borrow a prime lens, and went for two zoo's for the same reason.
This is a wonderful capture, with great clarity and sharpness. The wet nose is really cute. Great colors and lighting and a perfect DOF.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-01-06 5:49]

Hi Alexei,
Wonderful shot. Superb colours and sharpness. Yeah...the deer posed for you and how well you have obliged. Excellent DOF and POV. Very nicely done. Last but not the least - a soulful note. Kudos.

great close up, TFS Ori

hi Alexei
very well done!!!

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-01-06 8:08]

Hi Alex,
Your deer has a strange way to look at us..I still wonder what about this expression. Expressive portrait of this Roe Deer. I appreciate also a lot your note.
Best regards

Hi Alexei
beautiful portrait that ends a great series of zoo photos...the expression and sharpness of this deer is outstanding.
I don´t really like to make photos of captive animals...wild animals should be where they belong...the wild!,but I do understand the important role zoos have in preservation of some species...in a perfect world zoos have no place,but in our imperfect world may be in the future some animals can only be found in zoos!...the important is give these animals the confort and dignity they deserve!
have a nice week,dear friend

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2007-01-06 8:39]

Maravillosos detalles Alexei en este primer plano, donde puede "sentirse" la suavidad del pelaje del animal sobre todo en sus cortas cornamentas.
Me encanta el punto de vista captado en combinación con el recorte elegido, con excelente OOF del fondo que realza y armoniza la silueta del ciervo.
Suaves tonos gracias a una apropiada iluminación completan una excelente serie de capturas del Zoo... gracias por compartirlas.
Mis mejores saludos... Ricardo

Wonderful details Alexei in this close up, where it can "feel" the softness of the coat of the animal mainly in their short horns.
I love the point of view captured in combination with the elected cropping, with excellent OOF of the bottom that enhances and it harmonizes the silhouette of the deer.
Soft tones due to an appropriate illumination complete an excellent series of Zoo captures... thank you for sharing.
My best regards... Ricardo

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2007-01-06 9:01]

Hello Alex , A Beauty portret from this hert , eye contact sharpnes pov pose light and bg ,very good job ,tfs Greetings Teunie .

Yes my friend this is a good one,
the head is great, the details are super and the quality is from a high niveau. very good photo job here.
gr, jaap

Hola Alexei.

Excelente imagen en la que se aprecian muy bien los detalles.

Jose Luis

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-01-06 10:30]

Hello Alex,
What a loving look in his eyes; I think he was pleased that you came!! Excellent portrait, displaying wonderful sharp details and beautiful colours. I like his wet nose too! Great background too.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2007-01-06 10:54]

Hi Alexei

Fabulous shot of this beautiful Deer and I can see why you couls not resist taking her portrait, very nicely composed and a great POV and pose too, I love the eye contact, excellent details and lovely natural colours too.

TFS Hilary :o)

Hi Alexei,
Very nice close up picture on this healthy looking Roe Deer. The sharpness and exposure are fantastic. Seem that this Roe Deer is looking at you and gives you a very nice pose.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-01-06 11:24]

Hi Alexi.- He visto todas tus fotos que presentas en tus archivos, y creo sinceramente que son exelentes, todas ellas con un alto nivel de calidad y tus notas son siempre muy buenas. Saludos desde Mexico.

Hello Alexei,
Great notes and great picture, wow! What a beauty that you captured here, details are really amazing and what to say about this POV, composition, exposure and lightning? This is wonderful! TFS this superb picture.

Hi Alexei,
this is a very nice picture of the young buck with good composition and POV.
The DOF is good too, the roe dear is well seen from the BG.
The details is spot on, your new lens work great.
Very well done.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-01-06 12:33]

Hello Alexei

a wonderful portrait of this Roe deer.I like the new antlers covered in velvet.Great eye contact.Nicely composed head shot.Excellent DOF and POV.Very well focused .TFS


bonjour alex
si j'ai bien compris la note,on peut feliciter les gens qui prennent soin des animaux,mais je me permets de vous felicitez egalement car même si vous trouvez cela moi interressant de photographier dans un zoo vous avez fait un portrait remarquable.l'objectif a l'air tres bon.

Belle photo,beaucoup de détails,belle couleurs,le poil bien net et que dire de ses yeux,superbes. Amitiés Thomas

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  • sily Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 6 N: 395] (1934)
  • [2007-01-06 14:46]

HI Alex!
Interesting note and very beautifula and cute photo,you had good light there, our Zoo in Belgrade is awful it's torture for the animals, nice to se you're improving your equipment and work, keep up! :)

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-01-06 16:47]

Hi Alexei.
It's again splendid portrait.I like him very much details,specially on his attire.Amazing natural colours.Perfect separation from blurry background and beautiful composition gives very pleasant view of your picture.I I think as though he look very blackly.
Beautiful done.Thank you for sharing,as well as your pleasant note too.
Best greetings Milos

Hi Alexei,

Good portrait. Cute animal and good technique. The DOF is perfect ! Really interesting comment as well. You made a wonderful zoo animal series. This one ends the series perfectly. Thanks a lot fot sharing these lovely pictures. Well probably not the most original comment but i simply love this image.

Talk to you soon my friend...


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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-01-06 16:52]

Hello Alexei,
Wonderful photo.POV,sharpness,colors,lighting,expression on face,BG,note,3D effect and composition are exclelent.

Hi Alexei,
Cute pose of the deer. Well captured.
DoF was great, very sharp and great details, neat blurry BG.
Superb potrait shot.

Ben Lakitan

Impeccable details sir...you are producing quality work here...the colours and clarity are outstanding.
well done...

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-01-07 3:21]

I really like the expression you have captured on this deer, Alexei.
A wonderful close-up that exposes sharp details and good exposure.
I have enjoyed your series of zoo animals.
TFS : )

Hi Alexei,
it's so cute, I like this face looking so friendly and you were very close and we can see so many details.
Thanks and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hi Alexei,
What a wonderful pose.
Nice clear capture full of details and sharpness.
Well done.

Hola Alexei,
Bonita y encantador primer plano con gran definición y excelentes texturas. Un saludo

Hi, Alexei.
Very nice portrait. Lovely wet eye and nose. Excellent exposure and sharpness. Good BG.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-01-07 10:53]

Hi Alexei

Nice to hear your feelings on Zoo photography, it certainly has been debated on this site. It has enabled you to take some wonderful shots. That seems to be quite a sad expression on the roe deers face. Really sharp details, perfect POV and good DOF



Dear Alexei,
once more, a masterly animal portrait from you, taken with great care and empathy. You are bringing the animal very close to the viewer, physically and emotionally. A pleasure to look at.
And a pleasure to read your notes. Your series of excellent pictures taken in Odessa zoo caused me to look at zoos and zoo pictures in a different, much more appreciating way.
And I like the good words you are saying about the people running Odessa zoo.
Thank you! With best regards,

Hello Alexei,
Thanks for your very generous words on my recent picture.
I have read your note with deep interest. That your people have been able to keep the zoo animals in good condition despite all odds is a very happy thought indeed. I appreciate the great work done by them.
Your picture of this lovely roe does prove beyond doubt that this animal like many others inside the zoo exudes health and happiness. I can see it in the expression on its face.
Please accept my belated New Year's Greetings.

Hi Alexei, great portrait of this wonderful deer, splendid details, beautiful light and colors, very well done, ciao Silvio

Bonjour Alexei
C'est un magnifique portrait que tu nous présente avec ce magnifique cerf ,la composition est parfaite et tu as profité du bon moment avec ce bel éclairage.
Merci et au revoir...JP

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-01-07 16:40]

hello Alexei
here is cute model and nice exposure. i like composition, point of view, depth of field, colours, details and note in your photo

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-01-07 18:20]

Un retrato genial amigo Alexei, agradable iluminación y tonos perfectos...buen pov. Saludos

Good picture. Good sharpness and compo.
Nice blurred background.

Nice shot .
The roe deer is not so often in zoos and there are consequently few good close up of them to be found.
Good pose POV composition.
Nits: some missing fur under one ear. And DOF a little shallow: the nose is not within the DOF.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2007-01-08 10:22]

Hello Alexei, that´s a very nice capture. Excellent sharp details. Composition and POV/DoF are great also. Very well done.

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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
  • [2007-01-08 13:37]

Belle netteté et joli pose.
Bonne journée.

Alexei my friend, you photo and especially the Note touched me. I find it said to see animals
in cages and enclosures. But that said , I am so fortunate to live where the deer roam free... They come to my own yard without any hesitation! As the hunting season is open, staying cl;ose to houses is a smart thing , for the hunters are forbidden to discharge their guns close to residences!

Thanx for sharing this photo and message! I am with YOU!

Greetings, ;j.

PS I have recently added Themes ...
I have included your dear deer! Can you find it?

Hi Alexi,
A superb portrait on this Roe Deer. Beautiful soft light and a spot on exposure. The has given beautiful colors and tack sharp detail. Well composed and framed. You would not know it was a zoo shot unless you told us. Your overall composition and backround do not give any clues to location. That is what makes a great quality zoo shot in my opinion.

I am lucky that the St. Louis Zoo is one of the top rated zoos in the world. A beautiful place with very natural habitat setting for the animals. The zoo helps research and protect many endangered species from all over the planet.

Take care,

Hello Alexei,

Excllent work, Great colors Bg POV DOf excllent details very crisp, nice work excllent Portrait of this big dear,

TFS Kyle

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-01-09 9:45]

Hello Alexei,
a wonderful shot, the pose and the eye contact are beautiful. Such great details like the lovely reflection on the nose and the eyes.
Great POV and very well cropped.

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-01-09 10:10]

Hi Alex
What a beauty!!
I don't need to tell you the excellences of this marvel because they hit you in the eye. Your new lens works wonderfully in your hands. Really a perfect portrait.
Yes, it is true that the photography of captive animals subtracts a lot of emotion from the action, but not to the photograph itself and its worth may be really great as you have shown us.
Thank you very much for showing us this young and proud deer. The Zoo in Odessa is a bit too far for me to visit, but I'm glad to know that they treat their animals so well.
Best regards

Hello Alex,
A stunning shot of this Deer.
Remarcable focus, razorsharp details, very good illumination and exposition.
Composition is also very good.
I agree with you in all aspects of your note, a very toughtful one.
Congratulations and thanks for share,

Hello Alexei,
A wonderful portrait!
The expression tells about arrogance, an attitude "I'm the boss!"...
But in reality I think this is a friendly and cute animal, hehehe!
Great details, subject is well framed!
Pablo -

Hello Alexei !
I love this picture ! There are so much details on the fur ! I alsolike the look and the expression of the deer, and his velvety horns. Splendid composition and POV. beautiful natural colors, and I loved reading your note. Very well done !

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-01-10 12:57]

I am happy that you shared this charming photo. I love the expression of the deer. The sharpness and detail is amazingly perfect. Outstanding exposure produced authentic and beautiful color shades. The glitzening of the eye and nose adds much to photo. The composition and POV are excellent. Great DOF also. Another favorite of mine.

Excellent shot Alexei great portait lovely detail and very good technically TFS rgds Necip.

It does look healthy. The care takers have done their job well.
Very well captured.
Also the presentation is of EXCELLENT quality.
The clarity is very SHARP.
Best regards,

Excellent, nice detail, good eye contact, exposure is perfect, nice camera work!


very good pic...

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2007-01-12 1:40]

Hello Alexei,
You made a superb portrait. You manage well your new lens.
The "+++" : subject, expression, exposure, sharpness, details in fur, DOF, blurred background, colors, useful note about zoo opinion...
The "-" : perhaps more space on the right of the photo...
Congratulations and thanks for sharing.

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  • mrcrow Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 422 W: 98 N: 194] (3008)
  • [2007-01-12 16:00]

your work is very sharp and the nose here is perfect with the normal wetness i expect in a healthy animal
eyes bright and highlights suggested flash but i see its the sun
good coat texture...and most of all a captivating posture

voici une macro super belle de cet animal, les couleurs et les détails sont excellents
bravo, merci et amitiès

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2007-01-15 4:20]

Hi Alexei,
This is a very nice deer you caught here. Very good composition and light. Good shaprness and details I like the wet nose.

TFS Paula

Hi dear Alexei ,
excellent focus and great details.
it is kind.
nice sharpness and great BG.
very well exposed.
thanks for sharing my good friend.

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2007-01-18 2:24]

Hello Alex,
A very nice portrait of this lovely looking deer which gives you a great pose.
Good lighting,excellent detail and a nice oof background.
Great note.

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  • star74 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 211 W: 3 N: 598] (2474)
  • [2007-01-23 10:27]

Hi Alexei,
This is a wonderful portrait of a Deer.
Very clear capture.
Nice colors and sharpness.
Well done.

hi Alexi.
Lovely picture of this beautiful animal. The POV is perfecta nd the composition is also,
Well Done
Nick :-)

hello Alexei

wonderful portrait of this beautiful male roe deer with great details and natural colours
pov is very good you are at the same level , focus too, and also DOF



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  • mlines Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 556 W: 26 N: 668] (3116)
  • [2007-12-13 15:50]

Hi Alexei, Very good close up of the deer using a 400mm lens, with a magnificent result. I think photos like this from the zoo have a place as it is really the only way for people to see such animals. I like this as it shows no sign of wire or other walls. Excellent work. TFS. Murray.

Hello Alexei,
Firstly, thanks for the kind comments on my chickadee shot. :-) I think nothing special on my photo, as you think. I've tried to shoot them with the focusing on the point or passing rote predicted, based on their flying.

This is very sharp and excellent portrait shot of the Roe deer.
You've captured very nice pose of this friend, with perfect focusing and DOF.
Well presented and TFS,
My best wishes,

Hello Alexei.
This is a nice mugshot with very nice details at the zoo. I also do find that photography at the zoo uninteresting. Love the shallow DoF here and thanks for sharing.
Kind regards.

Hello Alexei

If you wouldn't tell it is in a zoo
we wouldn't knew it, great portrait
photo of this deer, the fine POV obtaining
his lovely eye-contact, with beautiful light,
excellent focus, sharpness, details, TFS


Hello Alexei,
Beautiful picture.Very sharp and bright eye.Details are splendid.Like the way it is looking at you.
Kind regards,

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