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Red Deer in the mist

Red Deer in the mist
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Copyright: Thijs van Balen jr (Pentaxfriend) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 514 W: 24 N: 1888] (8048)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-07-11
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Pentax K5, Sigma EX APO DG 50-500mm f/4-6.3, Digital ISO 400
Exposure: f/6.7, 1/200 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2011-07-12 14:03
Viewed: 3205
Points: 13
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Artiodactyla
Suborder: Ruminantia
Family: Cervidae
Subfamily: Cervinae
Genus: Cervus
Species: C. elaphus
Binomial name: Cervus elaphus

The Red Deer (Cervus elaphus) is one of the largest deer species. Depending on taxonomy, the Red Deer inhabits most of Europe, the Caucasus Mountains region, Asia Minor, parts of western Asia, and central Asia. It also inhabits the Atlas Mountains region between Morocco and Tunisia in northwestern Africa, being the only species of deer to inhabit Africa. Red Deer have been introduced to other areas including Australia, New Zealand and Argentina. In many parts of the world the meat (venison) from Red Deer is used as a food source.
Red Deer are ruminants, characterized by an even number of toes, and a four-chambered stomach. Genetic evidence indicates that the Red Deer (Cervus elaphus) as traditionally defined is a species group rather than a single species, although it remains disputed exactly how many species the group includes (see Taxonomy). The ancestor of all Red Deer probably originated in Central Asia and probably resembled Sika Deer.
Although at one time Red Deer were rare in some areas, they were never close to extinction. Reintroduction and conservation efforts, especially in the United Kingdom, have resulted in an increase of Red Deer populations, while other areas, such as North Africa, have continued to show a population decline.


The Oostvaardersplassen (Dutch pronunciation: [oːstˈvaːrdərsplɑˌsəⁿ]) is a nature reserve in the Netherlands, covering about 56 square kilometres (22 sq mi). Despite having developed recently (it is in a polder which was only created in 1968) it already has international importance as a European wetland.
The Oostvaardersplassen can be divided into two areas: wet and dry. In the wet area along the Markermeer, there are large reedbeds on clay, where moulting geese often feed. This area is also home to Great Cormorant, Common Spoonbill, Great Egret, White-tailed Eagle and Eurasian Bittern, among many other animals.


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Hi Thijs,
Super mooie sfeer foto. Misschien een tikkie aan de donkere kant want ik neem aan dat de mist meer wit was dan zwart. Elke digitale camera zal namelijk wit proberen om te zetten naar 18% grijs als je niet compenseerd.

Hello Thijs!
I like the atmosphere! It's difficult to take pictures in so dense mist... It is hard to find the right exposure, to focus (manual focus is recommended), you have lack of light, of contrast etc... But this is a good one!

Hi Thijs,

it's difficult to speak about sharpness, details or colours in this case.Simply you've been lucky (and skilful) to combine two elements of nature (fog and fauna)in a single photo.The composition, for what i can see, is pleasant.Maybe the fog could be made whiter, maybe not, probably not much would be changed.



Hi Thijs
the ambiance is great, contrast and sharpness just what it should be to render the atmosphere, so my only concern is about compo, the central deer with fawn is just perfect, but I do not like the trees, especially the one in the center front, maybe you should clone it away.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2011-07-14 14:49]

Hola Thijs.
I kinow how hard is to take this kind of a photo, but You sure did a grest job.
Image with a lot of mistery I say.

Hi This,

what a great and by the TN community greatly underestimated shot! The atmosphere, the moodiness, the fine and faint colors, superb! So you are also a landscape guy after all.

My best regards to you,

Hallo Thijs,

een prachtige sfeervolle foto van deze Edelherten in de Oostvaardersplassen.
Goede scherpte en een beetje misterieus zo.
Misschien heel ietsje lichter maken in de zwarting.


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