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Crowned Prince of the Woods

Crowned Prince of the Woods
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Copyright: Evelynn Smith (Evelynn) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2025 W: 741 N: 3285] (14454)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-10-07
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 30D, Canon 300mm f2.8 + 1.4 extender, @ ISO 400
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/800 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite wild animal photos [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-11-13 15:38
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This appears to be "post a deer" time thanks to Wolf and Rick (adanac). I'm always grateful when someone helps me decide what to post. I get so hung up deciding on an image, and a title that it can take me days!! It's pitiful!

Anyway here is a Rocky Mountain mule deer in full rut finery.

The mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus) is a deer whose habitat is in the western half of North America. It gets its name from its large mule-like ears. Adult male mule deer are called bucks, adult females are called does, and young of both sexes are called fawns. Its closest relative is the black-tailed deer (considered by some a subspecies of mule deer). Unlike its cousin, the white-tailed deer, mule deer are generally more associated with the land west of the Missouri River. The most noticeable differences between whitetails and muleys are the color of their tails and configuration of their antlers. The mule deer's tail is black tipped. Mule deer antlers "fork" as they grow rather than branching from a single main beam (as with white-tails). Each year a buck's antlers start to grow in spring and are shed after mating season from mid-January to mid-April. Mule deer bucks have somewhat more prominent ears than females. Instead of running, mule deer move with a bounding leap (stotting) with all four feet coming down together.
The mule deer is the largest of the Odocoileus genus, standing, on the average, 40 to 42 inches at the shoulders and stretching 80 inches or so nose to tail. An adult buck will weigh from 150 to 300 pounds on the hoof, with does averaging 100 to 175 pounds. The occasional trophy-sized mule deer buck may weigh in around 400 pounds.


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Hello Evelynn

What a wonderful crown!
That is an impressive rack,it must be hard to walk through a forest with that branch catcher on your head.
Excellent POV and DOF.
The BG colours are superb.
You have managed such excellent eye contact.
A beautiful portrait.


With extender as well? Wow...You have made the rack a wonderful thing in it's still in a round about way alive...I like it much better this way than on some wall of a bar..or saloon or whatever they call thes things now..I do my minimum at home..

Hi Evelynnn,
what a beaut he is,so proud looking and sure of himself.His antlers have excellent details and the pose shows him off very well.The focus is on his face and what a face with a nice mellow catch light in his eyes,eyes that sure express curiosity.I love moments like this one.You sure were close to this fellow and as a result a fine photo was captured.The oof background has a nice hint of his surrounds giving a nice contrast to the deer.I too have trouble sometimes with what to upload and what I should title it.Thanks for sharing this fellow with us.


hello evelynn,
very beautiful, the pose and the pov are superb here, well composed shot,
tfs & regards

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-11-13 21:16]

Hello Evelynn,

You have made an excelent portret of the deer. There are so nice colors in your photo. There are a lot of color tones on animal's fur and also on the very well looking background. The deer is shown in great sharpness so that even fine details can be well observed. It stands very well agains the blurry background wich enhaces the feeling of sharpness.

Thank you for sharing,

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2008-11-13 21:45]

fantastic head evelyn,
you show us a proud deer, I think a male, hearing something and looking into the lens, a good portrait here marvelous details and a super dof, fantastic photojob here, I like it, have a nice day.
regard jaap

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-11-13 22:49]
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Hi Evelynn

Wonderful pose and excellent detail and isolation - I use the lense combination a lot - it is amazing what sharpness can be achieved.

Is it me - or is the title a pun on 'Monarch of the Glen'?


Hello Evelynn
This buck surely has some royalty to it, and deserves the title “Prince of the Woods”. A lovely portrait filled with characteristics and charm. Those horns resemble the perfect crown and it is carried with pride and dignity. You have captured this buck in a serious straight forwarded pose, as if this guy knew he was photographed. The eye contact is great. I just love the white patch on the neckline and the big ears. This is indeed a beautiful animal. Thanks for sharing. Kind regards.

Hi Evelynn,
fantastic portrait of this mighty deer. Very good details and natural lighting. I like the autumnal colours in background. Very good composition.
Thanks for sharing.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-11-14 6:14]

Hi Evelynn,
This is a lovely portrait. Expression you caught, eye contact, POV, focus, sharpness, details, lighting, composition, background and the position of the deer in the frame are all very good. TFS
Have a nice weekend,

Hello Evelynn,
Beautiful animal against an outstanding background.
Perfect antler, I think.
Yes, fascinating image..

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-11-14 10:18]

Hi Evelynn, you really did this chap justice here! Wonderful eye contact and details. Have you cropped this? I think i might have liked a little more of the neck and shoulders, but thats just personal taste, it's still a mighty fine shot.
tfs and have a great weekend,

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-11-14 13:29]

Hi Evelynn

What an outstanding portrait! Did you tell him that if he ever needs a shot for his ID he should come to you? :))
Seriously now, this is a truly yop job. I like your very precise use of the DOF here - just enough to keep him in full focus - and of course the full-frontal POV which adds a lot to the imact of such a composition.
The exceptional sharpess and wonderful natural colors complete this lovely post.

Bravo and TFS

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-11-14 13:59]

Hello Evelynn,
Very beautiful and impressive portrait with this frontal pose. Sharpness, colours, POV, DOF and BG are all fantastic.
Have a great weekend,

hello Evelynn

this mule deer it is posing for you, what a lovely head of a wild animal,
excellent portrait shot with fine sharpness and details, TFS


Look at this! What an excellent portrait! This animal seems so proud! Autumnal tones of colors are beautiful and details on the deer are very sharp in natural exposure and impressive eye contact. This is a fine portrait which looks like a painting.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-11-14 18:46]

Hi Evelynn,
What a great Muley Buck, he has a very tall rack. Splendid details and colors throughout my friend. I have a challenge for you, see todays posting.

Hello Evelynn,
Great mule deer portrait well detached on an automnal BG
Well done

perfect portrait, TFS Ori

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-11-15 12:45]

Hi Evelynn,
another fantastic shot.
The BG here is wonderful.
Great eye-contact and a superb face-on POV.
Very sharp and crisp.
Excellent DOF.

Superb work once again!

Very well done,

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  • Marx44 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 172 W: 97 N: 926] (3891)
  • [2008-11-15 13:18]

Cudowny jeleń wspaniałe poroże.


Hello Evelynn,

Excellent capture.
Beautiful colours with excellent detail.
Lighting and definition are fantastic.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-11-16 11:02]

Hello Evelynn, can't be better than this I guess! Wow what a treat to the eyes, perfect in every way. Well done! You got the matching colors in the background too, you see? :-)


It looks like you used that 400+ mm for good (not evil) here. Just like youir previous bear, this is another with wonderful composition and eye contact, and, as a bonus, beautiful fall colors in the bg. Stunner.

Very nice Evelynn!
Great detail, color, light, and the BG is perfect.
Love the direct eye contact, frontal POV, and alert pose.

Hello Evelynn
Very intersting shot of this Mule Deer,
Perfect focusing,BG and POV.


Hi Evelyn - I just noticed your comment to one of my photos, which has drawn me to look at yours. many great images - this one particularly caught my attention because the horns seem almost three-dimensional, as if they are jumping out of the screen. Really great image!

Super bokeh, Evelynn and of course quite expressive mule deer!

Spectacular, spectacular shot of this stunning Mule Deer in the Tetons...just a tremendous photo.

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