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Copyright: Lesley Mattuchio (Lesley) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 297 W: 13 N: 913] (2988)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-12-30
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark II, Canon EF100-400 IS
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/400 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds and Animals in the Snow [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-01-03 8:05
Viewed: 4967
Favorites: 3 [view]
Points: 48
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a White-tailed Deer fawn that was born this past Spring and will be a yearling in a few months. It was with it's mama when I cam upon them in the woods. As soon as I saw them I dropped to my knees for a better POV and stayed very still. The wild deer at the sanctuary are wary, but not quite as skiddish as those who never see humans so I have found that as long as you stay very still and they get to stare at you for a few minutes and you don't move, they will go about their business. The doe crossed the path first and then this fawn had it's turn. It looked at me one lst time before walking across the wide path picking up speed as it went. It was almost as if the fawn started out feeling brave and then got a little nervous by the time it was to the other side and leaped into the woods to catch up with mama. I thought I would give you all a break from my bird photos today....

The White-tailed is probably the most familar and wide spread large mammal in North America. It prefers open forests near fields or meadows as they are grazers. They eat a wide variety of plant life from twigs and leaves to grasses, berries, acorns, and fungi. They can be quite a nuisance to farmers eating crops and flowers, but although I understand their frustration, I can't think of anything prettier than to wake up to one of these deer in your garden.

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Nice photo, you have captured the skittish nature of these animals really well.

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-01-03 10:09]

Wauw Lesley,
Great capture here. Self I had the plessure too photograph 2 deers. So I know that it is not easy. I like the composing shot, the colours are great, and the dof is fantastic, good note as well, great job

Great photo.
He's really cute and looks like a fotomodel - this pose and eyes.
I understand that you didn't have much time to get right composition, but this one is really good. I would rather think that he was just stand there waiting for photo.
I really like it.
Thanks for posting.

Great job & an excellent setting for your fawn. It sounds like you have all the stalking skills of a true hunter. That's where all the fun is.. the chase! Happy New Year Lesley!!

exellent shot !
les couleurs sont vraiment bien surtout celle de la neige !
la pdc est tres bonne, malgrer la grande ouverture ;)
very good work.

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  • Leace Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 30 W: 0 N: 61] (292)
  • [2005-01-03 13:20]

This is a Great Capture - I agree, the eyes really have it here - so this is a beautiful animal and you are very lucky to have captured them. :-)

Very nice shot Lesley. I take it your zoom was at full stretch to capture him. Excellent exposure and composition, great post.

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2005-01-03 16:23]

This is a great composition! You exposed the whites very well and got excellent detail on the fawn. The rear hoof that is lifted adds to the impact of the shot.

Excellent job and thanks for posting this beauty.

Great Lesley.
Very nice pose, it looks like it don't know what to do , run or stay. Very good sharpness and compostion.
Very good work.

Ok add a few sprigs of holly round the edge and you have a salable Christmas card for next year, its that good.

Cute and alert all at the same time, this one. Beautiful capture, good sharpness and POV, nice handling of the whites.

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  • optic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 322 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-01-03 22:46]

Very nice capture ! beautifull fawn, great sharpness and colours :)

you did great Lesley

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-01-04 4:28]

Cute subject Lesley! Very nice pose, face and composition. I like it.

Composition: ****
Sharpness: ****
Color: ****
DOF: ***
POV: ****

A great shot Lesley, very nice pose.
Well done.

Very cute and very much watching every movement of yours. Perfect handling of the light with no burning whatsoever and beautiful soft colours. Very good sharpness. Excellent capture Lesley and the attitude is great.

Beautiful photo of the white tail Lesley. The subject is sharp and although he has seen you, he seems unsure with his white tail up, he's ready to flee. I like the the slightly out of focus surounding giving your subject the primary place in the photograph. Nice wildlife photography, the mark of a very patient photographer.

I just can't stop looking at this wonderful picture. You really got him in an elegant pose. Watching you, unsure what to do. But you knew what to do. Clic. A superb cliché of a very gracious animal.

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2005-01-10 5:38]

very cute and sweet! I love it. TFS

I missed that one, Lesley. Cute animal in a very elegant pose. With snow aroud, it's really a beutiful winter shot, corresponding so well to Christmas atmosphere. Lucky you to have these nearly sharing your breakfast ;-). A beautiful image.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-01-29 13:24]

Great composition and good colors. I love the contrast of the white snow and the brownish of the furcoat. I think the Deer noticed you as she looks a little surprised. Very well done! I like it.

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  • Okan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 104 W: 57 N: 68] (518)
  • [2005-02-03 3:14]

This is wonderful Lesley, good timing. I like the colors and DOF. TFS.

Great capture, with great composition! Nice atmosphere.Thanks for posting.

Hi Lesley

A really lovely photo of a beautiful creature.
I like your note as well.
It's always good when there is a bit of written detail along with the image.
Those farmers should look at making their lands secure from the deer rather than blaming the deer for their own shortcomings.
We have the same mentality here in England, where farmers blame the fox for taking their chickens and newborn lambs.
They know about it for years yet they still blame everything on the natural predator because it is easier to point the finger at the fox than it is to care for their stock properly and make their chicken sheds secure.
Excellent photo and a good note.



great to see this cool pic in the mid of summer, its 37 degrees in Tel-Aviv at the moment. Ori

Very good sharpness and compostion.

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