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Curious Doe

Curious Doe
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Copyright: Lissa Bruce (Leace) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 30 W: 0 N: 61] (292)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-05-10
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon D50, Nikkor 80-400mm VR
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-05-12 14:02
Viewed: 3413
Points: 4
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I'm sure many of you on TN can relate on the emotions we feel when we are lucky enough to have one of those magic, unplanned and unforeseen encounters with a wild animal. The story....

I saw two deer grazing on the grass in a field, so pulled over to get some pictures.

Since they were quite far away (I had a 80-400mm lens with me, but they were still too far), I managed to slowly sneak my way through the field (using a tree line for camoflauge, even though I was wearing a bright pink t-shirt lol) to get closer. I moved only when they were busy eating the grass.

I was shooting away with the D50, when one of the deer took notice of me (I think it was the camera clicking noises). She was very curious and actually started making her way towards me, bit by bit, slowly and cautiously. I tried to stay as motionless as I could, but after a few minutes, the 80-400VR lens really does get heavy lol..... Not to mention how truly excited I was that she was approaching me in her curiousity, not the other way around!

She eventually got close enough that I could make out the flies that were harrassing her and the rough look to her coat as she was shedding the thick winter layer.

After satisfying her curiousity, she made her way back to the smaller of the two (possibly an offspring from last year) and they did their dainty leaps back to the far end of the field.

Needless to say, a memory I will always cherish and am ever-so-thankful to have captured with camera.

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Hi Lissa,
Thank u for telling how u captured this Beautiful shot..
Amazed curiousity got the best of her..
Exceptional Photo..

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-05-13 5:24]

hello Lissa,
Very touching story and a great picture full of atmosphere. I know these moments of happiness where a wild animal is approaching or at least takes notice of you without escaping. It is just great. Thanks for this wonderful picture

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