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Copyright: Kathy Meader (writerscrawlz) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 2 N: 924] (2961)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-12-08
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS digital rebel XT, 28-300mm
Exposure: f/20.0, 1/125 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-12-13 11:44
Viewed: 2889
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
At this moment, this young doe was indecisive as to whether or not I represented a danger to her. This was taken just before she bolted - when a black dog running loose was racing all over the place barking.

As you can see, lighting conditions weren't the best. I had sun, shadow, bright snow, and the doe turned out much darker than I wanted. So, I traced her with the lasso, unsharped her a bit, added levels, a bit more contrast, and a smidge of saturation so she'd stand out a little more.

I lost my footing as I angled for this shot and used the tripod to maintain my standing position, managing to hit the shutter in the process. I'm glad I did because I didn't get a chance for another.

This isn't picture perfect, but under the circumstances: ie: falling, dog running amuck, lighting conditions, and her wariness, I'm okay with this photo.

I kind of like the composition though, even if it isn't the best.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-12-13 11:46]

Hi Cathy,
a lovely shot, the light here is superb and the whole setting perfect. I think you've done a great job on the exposure in what looks like tricky conditions. I actually think the composition is very good personally, well done!

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2007-12-13 12:03]

Hi Kathy,
A very nice wintershot. I like your compostion with the young doe standing on a hill and the branches full of snow in the front. Very nice light and this would make a nice Christmascard.
TFS Paula

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  • reina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 257 W: 1 N: 330] (2032)
  • [2007-12-13 13:17]

Hi Kathy, just like Paula, it would make an excellent Christmas card. Like the atmosphere and the composition.
Regards reina

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-12-13 15:51]

Hola Kathy. Bella foto de este Ciervo. El entorno que lo rodea hace de esta presentacion una agradable y fina foto.
Saludos Luis52.

Hi Kathy,
you say that this picture isn't perfect and the composition isn't the best, well I do not agree with you all that much as this photo is wonderful looking in my eyes.The difficulty in getting the shot was well rewarded with a nice setting,good colour and POV with a decent exposure.I wish my bad photos were as interesting and well taken as your little white tail deer.Thanks for this unique looking photo. Bob

Great result considering the trouble you had. Perhaps you shouldn't have told us all the manipulation you had to do with the image, then we'd think that you were a lot better than you really are :)
I'd be very happy with this.

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