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Male Red Deer

Male Red Deer
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Copyright: NICHOLAS GLEN (nglen) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-10-28
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Konica-Minolta Dynax 5D, 70mm.300.mm apo sigma
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/640 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2007-11-07 10:21
Viewed: 6356
Points: 62
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This was taken in Richmond Park in London. This young male Deer does not have any Females of his own this year. But spent most of his day trying to barge in on a group of Females which had a large Male with them. By the determined look on his face i do not think it will be long before he wins the day. He is a fine looking beast.

Red Deer ( Cervus elaphus ) Shoulder Height 115-120cm.
An imposing animal and Britains largest native land mammal. The Male is larger than the Female and has well developed branching antlers. These are shed each February, reappear in the spring and become larger with each succesive season.
Their summer coat is reddish brown but appears more grey-brown in the winter.
Lives in seperate sex herds for much of the year and spends much of the daytime resting or wallowing in mud. They are most active from dusk to dawn.
Annual autumn rut accompanied by roaring, bellowing sounds from Stags.
Restricted to wild terrain in Southern scotland and the Highlands, Lake District, South west England and Ireland.

JoseMiguel, horia, martic, wallhalla15, eqshannon, MMM, jaycee, Tamrock, warnzy, gracious, Luis52, fartash, Silke, undoredo, rousettus, angybone, tiklod, Necipp has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To jaycee: Male Deer.nglen 1 11-07 12:57
To marmottelolo: male deernglen 1 11-07 12:12
To horia: Accurate coloursjoey 1 11-07 11:50
To horia: Male Deer.nglen 2 11-07 11:27
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Hi Nicholas,
Beautiful golden light!
It's so good the warm light got on the deer, that produces this crisp and sharp image.
I like the way you managed to compose the frame, with this view of the deer's whole body.
Congratulations and thanks for share it.
My best regards,

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-11-07 11:19]
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Hi Nick

Another beautiful shot of a red deer from Richmond Park. I must confess: all you people posting these splendid close-ups from this place definitely makes me want to go to this place whenever i decide to go to the UK ;)
You capture is impressive in means of sharpness and DOF especially! The details and textures on the deer are simply impeccable and the wide opened aperture made sure you benefited from an outstanding BG - particularly behind his head...that's where it really brings him out beautifully.
The warm late autumn light gives a lovely aura and mood for the picture, too.
The colors are a bit tricky...before seeing the workshop, i would have said that this is just how they should be; after seeing it i'm a little in doubt. In the WS they are definitely too cold (too much blue-ish tones), but i would say to go at about 10-20% of that in addition to yours here and you might get them perfectly. Just a thought :)
Either way, it's a wonderful shot!

Bravo and TFS

PS: did you manage to ask your guy from the photo store about those diagonal lines from the out of focus areas?

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  • martic Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 179 W: 1 N: 159] (1327)
  • [2007-11-07 11:37]

Hi Nicholas,
suiperb animal in a superb pose, you present it very well, great colors and details, good light
best regards

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-11-07 11:44]

Hello Nick,
this is a wonderful capture of this majestic stag.
+++ The sharpness is excellent and the photo is full of tiny details: the flies on the deer's side, each hair, the dark pupil in its brown eyes etc.
Perfectly composed as usual with a superb POV and pose.
Nicely blurred BG and a decent DOF.
Excellent notes... you describe this "outcast" deer perfectly.
--- Nothing :D
Fine work mate!
Well done,

great light, great sharpness, TFS Ori

Wonderful pose, so majestic.
Hi Nicholas, you catched this one so beautiful and the colours are so warm, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hello Nicholas,
this is a very fine shot of the Red Deer. I love it.
Great POV, framing and sharpness too. Warm colours and a very good composition. Thank you.

Very interesting read. Good picture of course. Another species I have never heard of with exception of images on TN. They have a sleek and muscular body. The antlers are much more prominent and masculine than our white and mule deer. If it were not for the notes stating otherwise I would have suspected it was in it's own environs. Very nice lesson.

Hi Nick, superb deer in great pose with splendid warm colors and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-11-07 12:44]

Hi Nicholas
Exceleltn presentation.Good POV and sharp image.Fur details is very nice.I also like the light in your image.
TFS Michel

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-11-07 12:51]

Hola Nicholas,
gran trabajo y bello color,
hermosos tonos y pov,

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-11-07 12:53]
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Hi Nick,

He is so handsome he will have his own females soon. Wonderful lighting in this shot - the golden tones are beautiful. Excellent details - the face is superb. Wonderful natural setting.


Hi Nick,

I'd take my hat off to you if I was wearing one. Really nice image, with good detail, nice light and good colouration. I was hoping to get Richmond this weekend, but it looks like it's going to overcase again!

Kind regards,


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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-11-07 16:51]

Hola Nicolas. Hermosa la pose de este "Venado" los colores suaves y gran calidad en la fotografia. Muy bella foto. Luis52.

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-11-07 23:06]

Hello Nick,
Another fantastic capture of a Red Deer
Great POV and composition


Hello Nicholas, This picture is EXCEPTIONALLY GOOD! Being a Sony A100 user, was all the more happy to see such good output. Great work here.

Warm regards, Kiran

Hi Nicholas,
I like your very beautiful picture. The shot is of perfect sahrpness and the pose of the animal is great. The rut period is very fascinating, I have been able to observe it in a park in France some time ago. As to the tonebalance, I prefer your version to the WS one, although Laurent has a point in suggesting less warm tones ... so I guess I rejoin Horia here ;-)
Great work, Mike

bonjour nick
je repasserais demain pour les points mais je tenais a presenter un WS pour ce beau male qui meritait ces quelques retouches je pense.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-11-08 7:07]

Nice golden light Nicholas, great shot of the deer, very sharp with a perfect exposure. Pro work my friend !


Hello Nick,
This is really a excellent shot well captured! Nick!
Everything is in perfect order-the sharpness, colour, exposure, focus and details!
My true respect to this shot!
thanks for sharing
all the best

Hello Nick
Excellent shot of this male Red Deer,
Great composition,exposure and Bg,Superb shot.

Good Luck

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-11-08 8:04]

Superb capture, beautifully composed with lots of the natural environment on view. Outstanding colours and details

Hello Nicholas,
Very beautiful shot of this red deer, with excellent focusing and details.
Also, lovely overall sunset colouration with very nice composition & POV.
Well presented!!
TFS and best wishes,

Hi Nicholas,
perfect capture of the deer. Fantastic colors, POV/DOF, eye contact very nice. Focus also great, even hairs details, flies visible. nicely composed. good notes.
thanks for sharing
best wishes

An "ooooh aaaaah" giant. Gorgeous rack!
Great light - that golden hour.
You took this on my husband's birthday. ;) How neat!
Lovely lovely shot.

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  • tiklod Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 290 W: 74 N: 875] (3397)
  • [2007-11-08 17:35]

Hi Nick!
Wonderful warm modeling light on the body of this deer. Excellent details and nice DOF.
A great shot...(again :-)
Regerds et meilleures salutations from Québec!


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-11-09 0:57]

Hi Nicholas,
Just appreciating this wonderful shot from you. I am on a tour and internet connection comes at a premium here, hence doing a short job. Sorry.

What a picture of this super stag! The lighting , sharpness , colors and POV make this a very pleasant photo to watch.
BTW thanks for all your support for my pictures! Have a great weekend.

He's a beauty! Gorgeous warm light and a beautifully natural shot Nicholas. I'm sure he'll have his shot at the women soon.

Hi Nicholas,

Very typical picture of autumn. Great colour and composition.
Accurate atmosphere. Well done. Tfs. Steve

Hello Nick sorry couldn't make it seems like I missed out on some great light nice work here, nice dof and colours are beautifull. best rgds Necip

Majestueux et cliché très réussi Bravo pour la patience aussi
Merci Nicolas

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