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Red deer mating.

Red deer mating.
Photo Information
Copyright: Vic Chapman (VeeJayCee) (46)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-10-13
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma 70-300 f4-5.6 APO DG Macro, ISO 100 RAW, Skylight 1A
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-10-23 7:22
Viewed: 17293
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
After receiving advice to post this series I almost posted it on TL by mistake! Sorry about the rushed joins. The complete sequence comprised 18 shots at 5 frames per second. I was taken unawares by the final frame where the antlers are out of shot. I did not realise that all 4 feet of the stag leave the ground at this moment - in fact so do the hind feet of the female, such is the power of the single thrust. I'm posting my Fallow deer shots on TL as there is more of an element of landscape, mist etc in those shots. All taken in Richmond Park. NB. The annual deer cull begins soon but this takes place during the night hours so don't be put off. The stags will still be looking alert for another month or so.
Focal length (about) 220mm,
Aperture F5
Shutter variable 1/60 - 1/100 on AP auto - 0.7ev

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-10-23 7:43]

Hi Vic

Finally we see this amazing series that we talked about on the forum...and it was worth all that talk, since it's a terrific one!
You managed a great set of photos, full of sharp details taken at excellent timing apart.
The exposure is spot-on and it reproduces the natural colors well, while the DOF is well managed and keeps both of them is great focus.
The last shot is simply outstanding...your timing catching him with all 4 legs off the ground and with that blur effect emphasizing the power of the thrust...it's just magnificent!
Wonderful work!

Bravo and TFS

Good shots. It seems like a film. I like the last one. Well done.

bonjour vic
bienvenu sur TN.
voila une excellente composition,je crois que bon nombre de personnes auraient aimé etre a votre place pour assister a cela,moi le premier.bravo.

excellent composition and a very rare sight indeed. Its good to see details we normally miss, the last shot is utterly spectacular...thanks

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  • BeBe Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 123 W: 0 N: 253] (931)
  • [2007-10-23 8:45]

Hi Vic, excellent capture of a very difficult shot, the details are perfect and the sharpness knowing the difficulty is very good, Juan

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-10-23 8:57]

Hi Vic,
Excellent series of shots here, glad you decided to post them in the end. Great job on the exposure, you've got some good sharp detail despite it looking like it was probably an overcast day? The last shot is the icing on the cake, so very well timed and show here. The slight blur adds to the impression of power from the Stag. Great stuff.
(i did see the signs for the culling on Saturday. Sad but necessary)

Bonito documento típico de esta época del año. Buen enfoque en todas las tomas y unos colores reales.

Excelente Vic.

Award winning stuff , TFS Sir.


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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2007-10-23 10:27]

Hi Vic,
This is an amazing serie taken from a good pov. Never knew that they leave the ground but this is clearly visible in the last photo.
Looking forward of seeing photo's of the young ones next year.
gr Paula

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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2007-10-23 10:28]

Really wonderful shots! Great capture and fantastic detail and sharp. Thanks for sharing

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  • pirate Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
  • [2007-10-23 11:10]

Hi Vic
great document! good series with very interesting last frame and great compo of the first frame

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  • thor68 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 795 W: 138 N: 1319] (5674)
  • [2007-10-23 11:26]

yeah, amazing series, good you show that, it´s nature, pure nature, and hopefully we will see some baby-deer next year.
superb job & best wishes, thor.

hi vic!
naturely love!
great capture
well done!

A well captured sequence. A set of three, leaving out either shot two or three, and placed in a row would also be an interesting presentation of this event.

I swear that Stag is grinnng in the last shot!


Excellente série. On peut dire que le mâle met du "coeur" à l'ouvrage et que la femelle parait bien ...passive.belle réalisation.

Hi Vic,
outstandingly well recorded sequence under apparent low light conditions. Amazing to witness the amount of passion shown in the act. The ultimately passionate pose caught in the final shot is amazing. Great series. Thank you!
With best regards,

Hi Vic,
I'm glad you decided to post this after all.
Certainly does show the mechanics of the mating process thoroughly.
A very interesting series of shots.
Well captured.

Very interesting sequence.
The last pic is simply amazing.
If the last pic would have been posted alone the missing antler would have been a nit (a vertical composition would have then be more appropriate.
In such a serie nevertheless, the missing antlers is no problem. We see them on the other pics, also zooming out would have been a loss in details. Really, you did great.

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