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Sika Deer

Sika Deer
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Copyright: Paul Haynes (PaulH) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-31
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS400D, Sigma EF 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 APO DG Macro, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): annick vanderschelden's favourites, Where They Really Live [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-05-31 5:07
Viewed: 5017
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 56
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

I had an early morning jaunt to Arne Nature Reserve this morning, an idilic area of old deciduous forest and coastal salt marshes on the western shores of Poole Harbour. During a great walk in the early sun we saw many Deer moving through the forest, including this female, who seemed very interested in our presence and stopped to study us in a patch of sunlight before moving off.
Originally, Sika Deer are from Asia and Japan but were introduced to the UK and have since spread.

some background to these creatures from Wikipedia:

Sika Deer have been introduced into a number of other countries including Australia, Austria, Denmark, Germany, Britain, France, Ireland, Jolo Island (south of the Philippines), New Zealand, Poland, Morocco and the United States (Maryland and Texas). In many cases they were originally introduced as ornamental animals in parkland, but have established themselves in the wild.

In Britain and Ireland several distinct wild and feral populations now exist. Some of these are in isolated areas, for example on the island of Lundy, but others are contiguous with populations of the native Red Deer. Since the two species hybridise, this is a serious conservation concern, and in mainland Scotland biologists have contended that there are now no pure sika or Red deer left there, and that the two species have thoroughly and irretrievably hybridised. The same is thought to be true of sika and the remnant wild Red deer population in Ireland.

PP: Handheld (no time for tripod!), shot in RAW, tweaked curves and increased saturation + 6, converted to JPEG, resized and sharpened.

Thanks for looking and have a great weekend..

bobcat08, eqshannon, uleko, bobair, vanderschelden, GLEM, nglen, CeltickRanger, Jamesp, Juyona, anel, SunToucher, marhowie, NinaM, Adanac, sranjan has marked this note useful
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Hello Paul,

A beautiful backlight shot. perfect morninglight. The big dark trees around the deer makes this photo a bit dramatic. Razorsharp. POV, BG and DOF are very good. My compliments. Have a nice day/weekend and TFS BOB

beautiful and artistic, TFS Ori

I am going to have to break your camera:-) It is a joke we say to one another in America when a picture like this comes around....it is too good for words alone...It is a stand alone shot and needs no further from me.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-05-31 7:08]

Hello Paul,
This is a very beautiful capture of the Deer in a glimpse of morning light among the dark tree trunks. I love its pose facing you and the sharp details. Lovely colours too and very well composed.
TFS and have a nice weekend, Ulla


What a corker and a lovely morning my good friend. You have done yourself as per the norm.



On the road now and just marking now, will be back later...


Hi Paul,
this photo has an air of a fairy tale image and is very beautiful looking.The early times of day are usually the best for light as this capture shows so very well.I find no fault or anything I can really critique about this photo.A lovely and magical looking photo of the deer and thank you for giving us this view.Superb! Bob

Hello Paul
Well this should silence Nick from his jibes of it doesnt move!!
Its an astonishing capture..The subject..the light..the everything is spot on!!
Brilliant work mate

I have just sent you a mail

Hi Paul,
This is beautiful! Looks like a scenery from a Disney's movie :)! Lightning is superb and this is a rare specimen that I have seen only once in my life. Composition, POV and eye contact is impressive, well done!

Excellent light, Paul.
Well composed. Very good image!

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2008-05-31 13:17]

hi Paul
une image d'ange, avec cette lumière en contre jour qui vient juste éclairer le sujet. Magnifique composition, l'émotion est là.


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-05-31 13:44]

Hi Paul. Fantastic use of the early morning light behind the Deer, It makes it come to life . fine detail and natural looking colours.well done TFS.

Did you get my email address

hello Paul

beautiful image of this wonderful wild animal, with fine POV & DOF,
i love the vertical framing that you gived to the image, i love the effect
that the deer is againts daylight (in French « en-contre jour »),
and i love his curious look on you, TFS


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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-05-31 21:38]

Hi Paul

Greetings from Vancouver.

A wonderful shot - great framing and superb use of the light.


Hi Paul
Lovely backlighting and crisp shot. Nice composition and I like the large trees in the background.

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  • erve Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 96 W: 3 N: 131] (620)
  • [2008-06-01 3:52]

superb shot paul. What a morning eh. The lighting and sharpness are spot on.


Hi Paul
Wonderful shot with lovely light and color
Beautiful composition
tfs jon

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-06-02 0:27]

Hola Paul,
hermosa luz y atmósfera...
espléndida captura,
me agrada tu trabajo.
saludos amigo.

Great pose and excellent light on the deer.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-06-02 2:38]

hello Paul,
I like the atmosphere of this shot. Very smooth, even mysterious light and then this apparition! Really well seen and photographed
Best regards

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-06-02 6:20]

Very, very nice shot, Paul!
The back-lighting is magic!
Excellent sharpness and clarity.
Artistic composition and a striking head-on POV.
Lovely light and tones.
Very atmospheric.

Exceptionally well done!

Cheers mate,


Hi Paul,
So you are now also becomming a wildlife photographer? You surely had a great eye for stunning light. The way it illumitated the back of this deer is wonderful. I like your composition with the positive space above the deer, it gives a great idea of the height of this animals and the size of these old trees.

Hi Paul,
The cashed in on the dramatic lighting, very nice.
I like the vertical composition combining the details of the FG and those large OOF trees BG :)
Great work!

Maravillosa !!

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-06-03 17:25]

It's a work of art. I have nothing more I could comment, it is beautiful. And the trees in the background are fantastic. What a forest and beautiful light. And what grace.


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-06-04 19:13]

Hello My Friend,
Well is simply outstandimg work Paul, your use of light has aways captivated me. Straight to my favorite for this incredible image.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-06-06 11:23]

Hello Paul

I really like the lighting effect here.
A beautiful composition.
Excellent eye contact.
Sharp focus and detail.

Hello Paul,
Beautiful vertically cropped image of Sika deer who stands out well from the background and has direct eye contact with the photographer. Super POV & light effect. TFS.
Regards: Subhash

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