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Sika Deer

Sika Deer
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Copyright: Valerie FOSSE (valy67) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-09-17
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 350D, Canon EF 55-200mm 4.5-5.6 II USM
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Six days in the French Alps
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite wild animal photos 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-10-03 4:27
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Points: 74
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Today, I post a picture of an animal I have met during my holiday in the French Alps, but it is NOT a species native from there. It is a Sika Deer (Cervus sika), a Cervidae coming from East Asia - not very tall (only 1 meter high) but still very impressive when they stand in front of you.

We have met him in the Parc de Merlet, a vast park where they show people the local species like Ibex, Marmot, Chamois, Roe Deers... But they also have several species coming from other parts of the world, like a pair of alpagas and a dozen of these beautiful Sika Deers.

The animals live in complete freedom within the borders of the park, there are no cages at all (except one cage where they put animals that need to be isolated from the others). There are paths for people to walk on, and it is forbidden to go away from the path, so the animals can still have some quiet and won't be chased around by curious tourists.

Even though the animals can go wherever they want, it is very interesting to see how each species has its own favourite place. And the good thing was, as they are used to see people, they didn't run away, so it was easy to go close enough to take pictures.

This particualr picture was very difficult - first because it was taken on the extreme border of the park, and there was an ugly fence just behind the Deer, so I had to struggle to find a POV where the fence won't be visible. Second, it was a cloudy day, with no sun, and moreover the Deer was laying in a pine wood, it was very dark. Another difficulty was to make him stand out, even though had has exactly the same color than the trees. I needed almost 10 mn to get one decent picture, but at least my model was patient and didn't move !

The result is far from perfect - I know there is noise - but I'm still quite happy with the result, and I wanted to know what you think about it...

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-10-03 4:36]

Hello Valerie,
Wow.. this is beautiful!!! The frontal meeting with this Sika Deer is very impressive. The result is fantastic, I don't see any disturbing noise. And if there was, you can reduce it in photoshop. The Autumn colours are so beautiful. The sharpness is very good and the composition excellent. Great DOF. For me this is a masterpiece!

Hello Valerie,
Beautiful image of this resting cute deer. Great eye contact.
TFS and greetings,

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-10-03 4:43]

Bonjour Valerie,

A splendid image. Splendid "portrait". I think no matter photo perfection. SRIM is important that all is not so easy to photograph wild animals also.
This is an invitation for me to visit Chamonix and summer. Maybe Am I gonna be so lucky to capture it.
Have a nice weekend,

Hi Valerie,
A brilliant portrait captured of this sika deer,which seems to be staring straight down your lens, with the element of surprise.The deer and environment are one in all.Excellent details of the deers face.Great shot.

Hello Valerie,
Guau, guau, guau, superb portrait!!!! You have had much luck to be able to see this one image. Very well done.
TFS. Ferran

hello Valerie
super sharpness composition very good details of the deer
great shot
greeting lou

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-10-03 7:05]

Hi Valerie,
wow...what a shot. Look so interesting and the stare is excellent. the colour of mosses is very useful in depicting the beauty of nature.
Excellent light givving a sharp shot.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-10-03 7:10]

Hello Valérie,
A superb 'head-on' capture of a Sika Deer stag taken from a great POV toshow just the head and antlers with fine sharpness and lighting in a very nice composition with the OOF forest BG.
This species has become feral in several parts of Europe.
Thanks and have great weekend,

  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2009-10-03 7:30]

Very interesting and effective viewpoint to portray this beautiful deer, I like the background very much. tfs.

Ciao Valerie,
quelle émotion etre face à face, superbe image de Cervus sika, bonne netteté, très belles et naturelles couleurs, magnifique composition avec une agréable atmosphère de sous-bois.
Merci et félicitations
Bonne soirée

A superb portrait, Valérie!
Simply love it!

Hello Valerie,
I like the natural setting of this picture. The deer is well in focus. The fact expression of this deer is wonderful. Very well done and tfs.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-10-03 8:36]

Salut Valerie,tu as eu beaucoup de chance! Mais quelle tres belle capture et quelle fantastique composition,le visage curieu du cerf est vraiment imressionante.Qualite' excellente des couleurs et nettete',pas facile avec la faible lumiere de la foret.Mes compliments et bon fin de semaine,Luciano

Ciao Valerie, superb creature in wonderful pose, beautiful portrait with fantastic colors and splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

What a great capture!
Lovely colors, wonderful details, beautiful deer1

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  • chudy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 130 W: 0 N: 176] (899)
  • [2009-10-03 10:28]

Siemanko Valerie!
Excellent snapshot, super colours, portrait first class. You rarely have staying recently on TN, I must look to your account, because I could miss something.
I am greeting and I wish the nice evening.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-10-03 11:59]

Hi Valerie . We have some Sika Deer living on some wood/heathland not far from where i live . This is a first class close up of the male . Looking very healty with its large antlers . You have taken this deer with fine detail and rich colours. I loe the pose looking over the moss lined tree. well done TFS.

Oh, this one was definitely worth the work. Yes, it was!

Una fotografía de muchos quilates Valerie !
Bonita y expresiva captura de la pose y mirada del ciervo desde su escondite. Valoro especialmente también los colores del conjunto, con una lograda saturación. El segudo plano da buena sensación de profundidad. Una toma muy especial.
Saludos: Josep Ignasi.

hello Valerie
exceptional scene and a extraordinarily beautiful portrait,great moment and great photo output!bravo!
TFS thanks for sharing

Hi and Good Morning MF Val,

What an impressive moment and beautiful animal whilke resting near the root of a tree:) Lovely and cute expression on his face. Great shot in all around MF!
TFS and have a nice Sunday!


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-10-04 1:12]

Hello Valerie.
such a beautiful capture this is. Out of focus foreground & background compliments your main subject very well, excellent job, thanks
Best regards Siggi

Hi Valerie

Great shot of this forest dweller. DEspite teh noise you mentin, I think it is a fine shot, I do like the POV and teh composition. I too would be very happy with a shot like this.


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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2009-10-04 6:42]
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Hello Valerie, beautiful shot of cute sika deer.
TFS and G's,

Salut Val
Quelle superbe face-à-face avec cet impressionnant animal, tu as réussie à capturer ce cerf sika dans un bel environnement naturel et avec beaucoup de beaux details
j'aime bien ces grand bois, son regard intensif et les belles couleurs bruns et verts de l!image

Hello Valerie.
Stunning capture of this cute deer. Beautiful colours and nice composition..
Kind regards,

bonjour Valérie

une superbe photo du Cerf Sika, excellent POV frontal,
j'aime de la façon dont il est cadré avec un côté l'arbre,
superbe focus netteté et détails, et quelle beau regard du cerf,



salut valerie
un joli portrait bien qu'un peu saturé a mon gout!
le parc de merlet et un bel endroit pour ce promener en famille,il me semblais que les animaux portaient des tiquettes aux zoreilles!!!!tu les a fait disparaitre?

Bonjour Valérie,
Tu en as eu de la chance de faire cette magnifique rencontre. C'est une très belle image et je trouve que ses yeux sont très expressifs.
Quel talent !
Bravo Valérie.
Bonne journée.

Dear Valerie,
You had to make a decision, whether to show the animal in it's environment or create a photo "pleasing to the viewer". I guess, it is a bit like the portrait of a human: to touch-up the wrinkles or not.
This animal is not living in it's natural environment (it is originally from Japan), where it's natural camouflage would hide it from enemies. Therefore it is fair to assume, it was amongst thick trees (in the dark), because that's where it feels comfortable.

Changes of exposure and contrast in order to highlight the animal is one thing, changing colours/hue is quite different...

If you speak to 10 photographers - 5 will opt for the "natural" option and 5 for the "beautifying".

Having said all that - the details of the deer's head are quite amazing - and I wonder, what the two little white "bits" on the chin are?
Further, it is interesting to see the little bits of skin still remaining at the end of one horn (second from the right), not yet rubbed off.

I personally feel, that the colour of the moss in the foreground is rather green. However - I have only been in Chamonix /surrounding in winter - and therefore cannot really judge this.

I admire your tenacy and patience for creating a good photo and wish, I could give you an additional point for hard work.
Warm Regards

Hello Valerie,
There it makes this Sika grand total of 60 points. I appreciate the way you have composed it. Very well done & TFS.

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  • briGG Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 195 W: 2 N: 344] (1823)
  • [2009-10-11 11:39]

Whahhh! Valérie!
C'est superbe. Pas facile et je trouve le résultat fantastique! Bravo pour cette capture... aller, malgré la difficulté du lieu et du camouflage, tu a eu un spécimen bien "compréhensif" (si j'ai bien compris!)
Encore Bravo!!!


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  • Mello Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 140 W: 34 N: 480] (2419)
  • [2009-10-15 18:02]

The composition with a lot of curves was perfect and tones as well. TFS,

Bonsoir Valérie
Le fait que cette photo soit faite en parc animalier la rendait peut être un peu plus facile à faire, mais ça n'enlève rien à sa qualité. J'aime beaucoup l'attitude de ce ceerf, et la lumière de la photo.

Bonsoir Valérie.

Merci de nous offrir l'occasion de contempler ce magnifique animal. Très belle photographie avec une excellente netteté et de belles couleurs. Belle composition et point de vue attractif. La photographie donne l'impression que notre ami est juste en train de surgir de derrière son arbre. Qui est le plus étonné : lui ou la photographe ?

Bonne soirée.

A bientôt.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-11-04 8:37]

Hi Valerie.
Fantastic picture. Simply fairy-tale subject. Bravo. Eye-contact with this majestic animal is tremendous. Colours are also unreal and magical. My congratulations and TFS.

Hi Valérie.

This is a very nice mugshot. The light is just perfect. The peep above the trunk with green lichen making it even more interesting.

Very well taken with superb lenswork. Love the muted colors of the background and thanks for sharing.


Hello Valérie,

Wonderful interaction between photographer and model, and the result is an utmost original image!
The mossy trunk makes a fine frame for the proud animal, that is captured with super details...
The colours in the old forest is amazing and makes a perfect setting for the deer!

Pablo -

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