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Giant Irish Elk

Giant Irish Elk
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Copyright: Stephen Emerson (Signal-Womb) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1020 W: 58 N: 2904] (11094)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-09-14
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 300 D, Canon EF-S 10-22mm 1:3.5-4.5
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/50 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2005-09-15 9:19
Viewed: 11673
Points: 9
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

The Irish Elk, (Megaloceros) meaning "giant antler" was really a giant extinct deer, the largest deer species ever, that stood up to seven feet at the shoulder, with antlers spanning up to 12 feet. The Irish elk evolved during the glacial periods of the last million years, during the Pleistocene Epoch.

It ranged throughout Europe, northern Asia and northern Africa, and a related form is known from China. The name "Irish" has stuck because excellent, well-preserved fossils of the giant deer are especially common in lake sediments and peat bogs in Ireland.

Unable to adapt to the subartic conditions of the last glaciation or the marked transition that occured after the final retreat of the ice sheet, the largest deer that ever lived became extinct, the last one in Ireland dying around 11,000 years ago.

Software: Adobe Photoshop CS Windows
Exposure Time: 1/50 sec
F-Stop: f/3.5
ISO Speed Ratings: 1600
Focal Length: 10/1 mm

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Another unusual and interesting post Stephen,
Good POV, both in this shot and the WS post. Good framing and detail.
Thanks for posting, have a good weekend

Great shot Steve under very poor conditions, Thank You!

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-09-16 13:09]

Stephen, this is indeed a great job.

Excellent lighting - you did great with bad light conditions. Although some noise can be noticed (this is easy to understand, since you used ISO 1600), the picture is really great.

An unusual image, a great picture.

A very interesting and unusual post. Shooting conditions must have been difficult, you managed well. I find it a bit cluttered and the colour in the BG/explanatory panel is a bit distracting. In b+w focussing on the main subject is easier, but then I like b+w; see my workshop to compare.

Hi Stephen,
I think you did an excellent job under some very difficult conditions. This is a unique and interesting post. Seeing as I love this type of stuff, Two thumbs up!!Great notes...

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