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White-tails on Blue Snow

White-tails on Blue Snow
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Copyright: Rick Price (Adanac) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-11-30
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 5d Mark II, Canon EF 600mm f4.0L IS USM
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/640 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2010-12-07 18:08
Viewed: 4025
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hi Everyone,
Today I choose this image for two reasons first is the beautiful doe White-tails and second is to show members that in shade and low light conditions snow is blue, it's not caused by incorrect white balance as some believe. These White-tails were captured grazing on dry leaves as the snow is getting to deep to paw for grasses. This photo was taken in the Cypress Hills.

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Hi Rick this photo has a very nice light to it and yes you are correct about the snow looking blue at times and like the sky it is because of what is called Rayleigh scattering.I like white tail deer as they have a less angular look to them as compared to mule deer.This photo shows well where they live with great colour and sharp details.The blue depends on the time of day or rather the angle of the sun overhead.Thanks for sharing these two gentle creatures with us,it looked like it was a fairly cold day.


Yes that one tail most certainly is showing clearly becoming a sort of jump off point for the remainder of the photo!

Good morning Rick,

I like the POV you chose for this. A great nature photography example MF Rick.
Superb in every way!
Have a nice day!


agrimia, the word in Greek, something that can not approach in any way, great scene and wild life photo!
TFS Nasos

Good day Rick! Let me start with my note that I like a lot this quite peaceful scene here! A lot! In my opinion however this is another demonstration of incorrect White balance. Make no mistake Rick, some like it that way,... it enhanced the feeling of the cold winter days ... and some dont! Let me use that wonderful opportunity to present my opinion on that mater however.
The purpose of white balance is to equalize colors based on the lighting conditions. Winter conditions can cause camera sensors to misjudge the white balance. This will usually cause snow to look bluish as in your example image. Please, have a look this link: http://www.digital-photography-school.com/why-is-the-snow-in-my-pictures-so-blue ...and I hope that you will understand my point well.

George Veltchev

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2010-12-08 0:38]

Hi Rick,
Natural winter conditions, a very beautiful composition...
Beautiful exposure. Difficult light, Used nice.
Best wishes,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-12-08 1:35]

Hello Rick.
What a charming scene. This is beautifully composed and the exposure is excellent. I love the eye contact here.Best regards Siggi

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-12-08 3:53]

Hello Rick,
the deep snow really gives you a good shot of the animals. These doe are really well captured as I know they are fast runner and could disappear so easily.
Well done and well shown eith details and artistically composed among the branches.


Hi Rick
A fantastic scene and a beautiful photo with very good composition and great sharpness.
Regards, Christodoulos.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-12-08 7:05]

Beautiful image of these white-tails in blue, its natural and I like it that way. tfs.

Bonjour Rick,
Belle publication valorisant relativement bien les sujets dans leur environnement et sous une belle lumière ; je regrette toutefois le manque de profondeur de champ sur le deuxième animal ce qui me semble avoir pour effet de l'exclure de la scène ou du moins de le mettre très en retrait.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-12-08 8:17]

Hello Rick,
I guess it can depend on taste, but I prefer a bluish tinge in snowy conditions when the lighting causes it.
It may be the camera sensor but one can look at it another way: the brain interprets colours accorcding to desire. Who knows, the blue end of the spectrum may be emphasised by the snow but the brain wants it all white! I'm not joking!
For me this image is just right: the subjects are well seen and the composition is a nicely balanced division of light and shade taken to a high technical standard.
Thanks for sharing this winter scene,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-12-08 8:34]

Hello Rick,
Beautiful photo of these White-tails. They got a hard life I think. Taken from a good POV in great sharpness. Excellent choice of composition.

hello Rick

for me the color tones of this beautiful image
is well balanced, here i love the bluer tones
of the color, it shows us or it gives us
the colder color tones of the snow and the cold,
your photo is very well shooted with a very fine POV
and the way the dears are framed on the image
with a lovely eye-contact of one of them,



Hello Rick,
What a nice meeting with this two White-tails! So beautiful and interesting animals. The colours are great and natural with the blue shadows. It is exaclty the colours we have here on snow when there is some sun. But last days, we have only snow! Winter is not over... Cheers,

Hello Rick,
A lovely scene of this two deers in the snow, good composition, in their own natural environment.

Greetings Adanac,
a kind of perfect,
very nice,
hard to see around here.
a great work.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-12-08 15:23]

Hi Rick,

It's hard to believe you have all that snow while we are having a warm December. There hasn't been any rain for weeks so our deer have their problems too. I have always loved these candid shots of yours and this one is no exception. A wonderfully natural winter scene and a great title.


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