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Red Stag

Red Stag
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Copyright: Karan Little (hester) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-08-27
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 350D / Digital Rebel XT, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 APO DG Macro
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-08-29 10:58
Viewed: 2694
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is not one of the big impressive Red Deer stags but he still has a nice set of antlers. I am often told that my deer look sleepy so I liked this ones wide open eye. He looks like he had a nice shot of coffee :)

Wikipedia information on antlers
Antlers are the large and complex horn-like appendages of deer, consisting of bony outgrowths from the head with no covering of keratin as is found in true horns. Each antler grows from an attachment point on the skull called a pedicle. While an antler is growing it is covered with highly vascular skin called velvet, which supplies oxygen and nutrients to the growing bone; once the antler has achieved its proper size, the velvet is lost and the antler's bone dies. This dead bone structure is the mature antler. Antlers shed after each mating season.

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Hello Karan your deer look sleepy but I would suggest walking up to them they soon stand up and wander off, it's a well composed shot, nice dof but I think f5.6 would be a little shallower and provide a touch more background blur. That's if your lens is sharp wide open my Sigma was fine. tfs rgds Necip.

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2007-08-29 11:28]

Hi Karan,
This is a very good capture from the side. Good pose of your model with his head in the air. Very good composition and low pov and you have captured this deer with great colours and in nice surroundings.
tfs Paula

Nice composition and suject.
Fabulous clarity too!

Terrific pose, and what I really love is the clearness of his eye. He seems relaxed, and by the looks of those antlers, I don't want to tangle with him. He seems regal and the light really brings him out, allowing him to contrast with his surroundings. Nicely done.

Hi Karan
Nice photo of a deer. I like the composition and peaceful moment.
Best wishes

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-08-29 12:57]

Hi Karan,
I still need to photograph this deer and you've done it superbly.
Very sharp and detailed.
Excellent DOF and composition.
Well done,

Hello Karan,
Super capture .I like the pose and the composition.


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-08-29 13:35]

Hi Karen. Was this taken at Richmond park. I went to kew today just down the road i think. you have captured a fine shot of the deer. fine detail and colour.a nice pose. well done TFs. good notes too.

Bonjour Karan
Cette photo est parfaite,L' attitude de pose de ce mâle est sans équivoque,on voit qu'il a pris la pose pour toi.Les couleurs et la composition sont très belles.
Bravo et au revoir...JP

Nope... you didn't put this one to sleep : )

It is a nice close shot taken with a lower point of view. Nice exposure and sharpness. The full profile head is effective.

Evelynn : )

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-08-29 18:15]

Hola Karan,
deliciosa imagen,
encuadre excelente...
perfecta iluminación y bg.

Hello Karan,
Good pose of the open-eye red deer!
Thank you for bending down for the low angle pov! haha!
captured well with good exposure and focus also in sharpness with details
thank you for sharing, Karan!

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-08-30 0:51]

Hi Karen,
simply perfect composition, it really makes the image stand out from the rest. The pose and the alertness in the face is just fantastic too. Superb detail and exposure.
I have actually booked the day off work tomorrow to be up early to go to the forest to try and catch some Deer shots of my own. At weekends there's so many more people around and they remain well hidden...fingers crossed. If i manage to get anything at all any i'll be satisfied, but if i get any half as good as this i'll be over the moon.

Hello Karan,
This is an interesting capture, as it shows the animale in clean profile!
A fine pose and lovely details, the nice light really makes the animal stand out...
An attractive composition!
Pablo -

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-08-30 4:01]

Hello Karan,
Excellent profile of this elegant stag at rest. Excellent DOF, fine sharp details and natural colours. I like the low POV and the composition is beautiful.
Many thanks, Ulla

Hi Karan,
Nice composition with this posed deer, good POV and DOF

Congrats, Karan.
This is a beauty...picture as well as the animal.
Impressive antlers are well displayed.

Hi Karan, splendid deer in great pose, wonderful light and colors, great sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hi Karan,
This one must have been imported from the Netherlands. I think he still high on XTC. :) He really has a watchful eye for you. Looks like he was checking if you didn't come too close for his comfort. It did gave you a wonderful opportunity to get the side profile of his head. You got it really sharp!
I can understand Necip on the DOF, but then I also like the fact that I can still see the shapes in the BG. I like the fresh colored grass even if it does look a bit too yellow.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-08-31 20:07]

Hello Karan

Nicely composed shot of this stag.The POV is excellent.Wonderful focus and detail.The rack is very impressive.TFS


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-08-31 21:54]

Hi Karan,
Wonderful shot and a majestic pose captured. The image is sharp and much details and those huge antlers look gorgeous and elegant. I like your low POV and the precise DOF lets the image stand out from the BG. Excellent POV and very nicely composed. Kudos.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-09-03 6:10]

Hi Karan.
Once more amazing animal and beautiful picture. Great scene, interesting low POV, nicely selected DOF (dry grass and green bushes are looked excellently), expressive elegant pose of the animal and excellent sharpness of the its image. Bravo and kind regards.

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