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Who's Watching Who?

Who's Watching Who?
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Copyright: Niek Bouwen (SunToucher) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2385 W: 237 N: 3033] (11162)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-08
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Canon 400 5.6L
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/160 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Summer vacation 2007: Scotland
Theme(s): Mammals of the British Isles, 70-79 Puntos (chapter 2), 80-89 Points I [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-10-02 10:22
Viewed: 6463
Points: 86
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I thought I post another photo from my encounter with this regal stag. This photo was actually taken a few seconds before the What 'R Ya Doin'? photo. As I mentioned with my previous photo, I was lying on the ground behind a 1 foot high stone wall when he decided to see what I was doing. So one could ask: "who's watching who?"

Perhaps the most celebrated of all Scottish mammals, the red deer is also the largest and one of the most populous. The current population stands at roughly 300,000, double what it was as recently as 1965. Most of these animals live in the Highlands and Islands, though large numbers can be found in the Galloway hills. Stags and hinds live in separate herds for much of the year but come together rather vocally each autumn in the breeding season, or rut. A stag may mate with up to twenty hinds in a given year. Calves are born in June.

Source: http://wildlife.visitscotland.com/

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Hello Niek,
Very good DOF on the red deer!
perfect sharpness, beautiful colour and so much details!
the upper darker bg makes the deer looks so outstanding
well composed and well seen

Hello Niek
What a lovely picture...I really like the pov with the wonderful foreground of what seem to me to be Buttercups..the light on his antlers is pefectly reflected against the dark bg.
Top work and TFS

Hi Niek,
Nice capture of this Stag.
Good POV/pose and color.
Nicely composed with the various layers of flowers, stone, and trees.
Good light and fur detail.

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  • Bufo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
  • [2007-10-02 11:08]

Heee Niek,
gaaf portret van dit edelhert. Ik heb ze inderdaad in grote getallen gezien, met name in de cairngorms.
Wat ik eigelijk bijzinder mooi vind, is de lange bloemrijke vegetatie. Dit onderscheid deze foto al meteen op dit vlak van een hertenkamp foto. Al met al erg fraai.

Groeten, JAcob

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  • mbasil Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 148 N: 745] (3320)
  • [2007-10-02 11:13]

This is a great shot with great details, Niek. I like the way the light helps his antlers (? -- I can never which animals have antlers and which are called by a different name) stand out. The dark bg is dramatic, too. I like this pose a little better than the other.


Great catch here. Love the expression.



Hi Niek,
You have really gathered quite a portfolio since those first shots of the tree trunk on the beach.
This one is really majestic! Great composition and pose!
I've been kinda out of pocket for a long time. Life really tossed me on my head. I'll need to get around to updating my intro sometime soon. It's been all good though, and looks like things have the potential to work out for the better.
Glad to see you've hung in there and shared so many fantastic pieces of work with us!
Best Regards,

Hello Niek, splendid shot, and title is right !!!!
Perfect focus and wonderfull colors natural and very well satured,
I like the pose and center position is a very good choice for this one,
cheer and thanks for sharing,

Hello Niek,

A perfect capture from this red deer. He is in a good shape. Natural colors and fine details. A very fine FG and a good BG. Nice POV. Interesting info. Regards and TFS Bob

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-10-02 12:45]

Hi Niek

You can see this was a summer shot as he still has the lovely velvet on the antlers. He is just beautiful. It is a sharp shot ith an impressive POV. DOF, Framing and exposure are all spot on. Wonderful work.



Hi Niek,
I'm amazed that he was waiting such a long time - when ever I saw such a deer it run away - perhaps they don't like me???
Excellent shot, I also like the yellow flowers, lovely
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Wow! Excellent shot, very nice ...
Great work, Mike

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-10-02 16:25]

Hola Niek,
preciosa captura,
hermoso trabajo y finos detalles...

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-10-02 23:45]

Hi Niek

Great pose and sharp focus. The OFF flowers in the foreground really add to the composition. Great.


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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-10-03 1:31]

Niek, Supreb title and caption. Lovely expression and excellent POV. Well done and Thanks for sharing friend Ganesh

Hello Niek,
What is most amazing is the 3D effect, thiks guy stands out really well on the blurry back!
A proud animal that is expecting respect, probably boss of the pack...
Well composed presentation, great details and fine colour in the fur coat!
Pablo -

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2007-10-03 2:37]

Superbe photo,bravo pour la pose fière du cerf et les détail.

Hi Niek
Beautiful shot. I like great light foreground with yellow OOF flower and green grass and dark homogenous background. Great compo and good sharpness
Best wishes

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  • seeb (38)
  • [2007-10-03 3:37]

Nice shot.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-10-03 3:42]

Hi Niek.
Wonderful shot of this beautiful proud stag. Great eye-contact (as well as the title) and pose of the animal. Fine colour and light passage prom bottom to top. Excellent DOF and details of the image. In a word, perfect done. TFS and my greetings.

This is an excellent capture of this impressive animal. What a face! Exposure, colors, details and POV are excellent. I like those yellow flowers in foreground too. Thanks,

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-10-03 5:22]

Hi Neik,
Just marking this shot and will come back later with a proper critique. Sorry tied up with an important assignment.

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-10-03 7:50]

A beautiful and majestic shot Niek. Such a wonderful pov with the Deer looking straight at you. Lovely composition with flowers in the foreground and such great detail and sharpness on the Deer. Magnificent.

Hello Niek,
What R You Doin', or Who's Watching Who? A real dilemma :)
Both excellent images. Let's see, I like this one over the former for some reason..can't quite put my finger on it. My last comments would fit in "here" nicely though. ;}
Very well done.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-10-03 10:44]

Hallo Niek,
Prachtig zoals het hert tegen de achtergrond geplaatst is. Perfecte scherpte en in mooie natuurlijke kleuren. De bloemetjes op de voorgrond maken de foto tot een prachtig geheel. Goed oogcontact.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-10-03 10:52]

Hola Niek. Muy bella tu foto Niek. Exelente pose y gran calidad en la forma de presentarla aqui. Me agrada mucho. Luis52.

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-10-03 16:04]

this really is totally fabulous!
I remember your other encounters -- and the flash of light in his eyes here is perfect

Excellent capture Niek, I enjoy this front shot of the red deer, the yellow flowers in the foreground are a very nice added touch by the SunToucher. :)

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-10-03 19:34]

Hi Niek,
Impressive capture of this stag from your trip to Scotland
Image has great detail and colors.
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)
  • [2007-10-04 0:56]

Hello Niek,
I liked the expression you captured a lot. He seems so curious about you. Composition, POV, colors and details are very nice. TFS
Best wishes,

Now that is one big puppy Niek. You doggone folks and your Canon gear...with keen eye and a knowledge of your camera like the back of your hand, you have become quite the group. Canon has taken over NPPA as well...I think there is a group effort. Well it still takes a keen eye as I said...very well done sir.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-10-05 5:02]

Hi Niek,
definitely prefer the pose in this one, he seems to have more attitude!
Nice rich colour in his fur and the splodges of yellow floating in the FG are great.

Hi Niek.
Wow. What an awesome capture of an awesome animal. Imagine seeing these in the wild! That wouls be amazing. You were so lucky to see him. And so well captured. Full frame. Great sharpness. Very well done. Have a good weekend.
Best regards, Steve.

Hi Niek,
A great shot on this regal Red Deer Stag. He is really locked in on you here. Ears forward and nostrils flared, as he tries to gather as much information as possible. Soft light, and a spot on exposure. The OOF flowers really add alot to this scene. Nice shot my friend!

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2007-10-06 15:01]

Hello Niek,
An excellent portrait of this proud animal. You caught it in fantastic pose. It looks really well isolated from the dark background of the forest.
Best greetings and TFS!

What a GREAT capture.
The clarity is PERFECT.
I consider it as OUTSTANDING.
Loved your notes.
Best regards,

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-10-08 8:08]

Hi Niek

Apparently i missed this one when it was originally posted so sorry for the late feedback :)
I really love the pose you've captured him in here as well as the full-frontal POV! They are just terrific!
The shallow DOF here is superb and it "puts" enough distance between him and the BG in order to make it stand out even better.
The exposure is perfect and all the tones (everything: colorful FG, the deer and the dark BG) look so natural and beautiful.
The vertical framing was definitely the way to go and it makes a smashing post!

Bravo and TFS

PS: i managed to contact the people af f64.ro and they might have the ND grads in my the end of the month...if they aren't too expensive, guess who's gonna have new toys :))

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-10-09 21:53]

Wow, Niek... This is a fantastic shot.
I love the stance of this "regal" stag, as you call it.
Wonderful eye contact with great frontal POV of the antlers.
Details and colors are excellent.
BG is beautiful with the yellow flowers in the FG, and the perfect DOF.
Really beautiful specimen of a red deer.
TFs. : )

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-10-12 10:45]

Hello Niek ! What a capture ! Great eye contact, good pose of the animal, great exposure and sharpness and I love the light in its eyes ! Thanks !


Hi Niek, superb deer in great pose, beautiful composition with splendid focus, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2008-12-16 23:26]

outstanding shot!

i like the distincted 3 plans: green with yellow foreground, the subject (deer) and the background! Great DOF!



Superb Image Sir.. Loved it.. TFS



Superb photo of the red deer. Nice coverage in the forest, and over all good exposure. The pose of the deer is also really good.

I see nothing that you could have done better.


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  • jeker (22)
  • [2012-08-01 10:36]

very nice well done

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