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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: 2006-09-30
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Kodak EasyShare Z740
Exposure: f/3.3, 1/256 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Rutting Season, Deer of the UK [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-10-05 13:43
Viewed: 6607
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is another view of the mature stag I saw at Richmond. As you can tell in this photo he was aware of my presence but he did soon resume his gazing into the distance.

Some antler facts from the Young Peoples Trust for the Environment website:
Antlers. A young stag's first antlers are normally small spikes and at this stage he is known as a 'knobber'. Stags over two years old begin to grow branching antlers and more points or 'tines' are added each time a new set of antlers is grown, until there are twelve points, the head of antlers then being a 'royal'. Antlers are made of solid bone and as soon as they are shed, usually in March or April, a skin (called velvet) grows over the bony stump; this is richly supplied with blood vessels and nerves and bone is laid down within it. When the antlers have reached full size the blood supply to the velvet is cut off. The velvet begins to die and the stag rubs it off against branches and young trees, and eats it.

The size of the antlers is related to the quality of the diet of the stag. Those living in forests have larger antlers than those grazing on moorland. If some minerals or vitamins are lacking then the antlers may be stunted. Stags in the Highlands chew their old antlers when they drop off to replace the minerals needed to grow a new set, which are missing from the peaty soil of their habitat.

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2006-10-05 13:46]

Hi Karan,

Excellent shot of this great looking Stag, lovely pose and excellent composition, the details are good and nice colours.

TFS Hilary :o)

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  • volkan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 497 W: 10 N: 4] (2425)
  • [2006-10-05 14:21]

Hi karan,
Beautiful moose photo.Nice POV,DOF and sharpness.Well done.TFS

hello Karan ,
impressive animal with its large drink. Beautiful catch,
thank you, Arnaud.

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2006-10-05 15:28]

Hi Karan,

This is pure nature! Great shot of this surprised stag. Well done.


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  • thor68 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 795 W: 138 N: 1319] (5674)
  • [2006-10-05 15:32]

wow, now that´s a big fellow. excellent capture, karan! :-)
i really like how he is resting in the grass keeping his eyes on you.
well seen & captured, thorsten.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2006-10-05 16:17]

Wonderful shot of this stag. Those antlers are something!


Hi Karan,
Exellent shot.Good pose, good Moment.Well composed.TFS.


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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-10-05 16:35]

Hi Karan,
A perfect frontal capture, with very good colors and excellent pose. Wonderful colors and very good composition.
Big antlers that suggest a rich diet for this stag.
Best regards, José M.


I like this shot. It is good that he was not threatened by your persents.


What a noble looking stag, Karan.
You really caught him in a beautiful pose.
Excellent composition and POV.
It looks a bit dark on my screen, so I did a quick workshop.
TFS. : )

Bellissimo questo primopiano, Karan!
Bella l'espressione "fiera" del cervo, complimenti!

Ciao e grazie.

Hi Karan
Great shot, very good pose and composition and excelent animal.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-10-06 4:13]

Hi Karan, lovely catch, very regal looking. Claudine is right, look at Paul Prince’s, "Deerstalker". Similar pose. And he's not worried about you at all. A little dark, but still clear enough to see. TFS

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-10-06 5:33]

Hello Karan,
Very nice capture.Eye contact is amazing.I liked POV,framing,details,BG and composition a lot.

Nice shot of this "majestic" grazer :)
I think the vertical frame works well here with nice color, exposure, POV, and details..Great note,
Well done & TFS!

Hi Karan,
This is a very nice portrait of this majestic animal as your title says. I like this very natural POV, colors and those great details. It reminds me a bit this picture of Paul Prince’s, "Deerstalker" :-) Well done and thanks!

A picture of sheer elegance, Karan.
You have captured this majestic animal in a wonderful pose. The close cropping places the subject at centre stage, surrounded by the grasses.
Well done and TFS.

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2006-10-06 12:56]

Hi Karan, great capture with an excellent POV and beautiful saturated colors. Majestic animal in a splendid pose!! Well done, Didier.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2006-10-06 14:16]

Hi Karan,

An excellent shot of this relaxing stag,well exposed and composed



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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2006-10-06 14:52]

Hello Karan,

This is a good picture, though maybe a little dark. The pose of the bull is impressive. Well done & TFS!


Nice shot.
A really proud one depicted here.

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2006-11-01 12:56]

fantastic Karan,
a very good wild shot, wauw, i like it a lot, fantastic animal, good pov and great job, well done.
gr. jaap

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