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The Sounds of Autumn

The Sounds of Autumn
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Copyright: Karan Little (hester) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-10-13
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 350D / Digital Rebel XT, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 APO DG Macro
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2007-10-17 9:59
Viewed: 3293
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
With the sound that is a cross between a cow's moo and a lion's roar the Red Deer Stag bellow is an amazing sound to hear.

Males carry out ritualised fighting to minimise the risk of serious injury. They begin by emitting a powerful roar that echoes through the forest. This often eliminates the younger males, who lack the deep, powerful bellow attained by experienced males.

After roaring, the larger remaining males size each other up, and if antler and body size are comparable, they battle for the females with their hardened antlers. The antlers lock and each male attempts to forcefully push the other away. The strongest and most powerful male wins and secures a harem (group) of females for mating.

WORKSHOP for a second shot

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-10-17 10:04]

Hi Karen .Was this taken in Richmund park . we are hopeing to go on sunday after the butterfly house. What a good shot of the Stag . you have captured it with fine detail and natural colours. very good shot indeed. well done TFS,

Hello Karan,
Action is well captured!
Typical situation with 2-3 females laying around and more near by...
A fine composition with great colours and shap details... as always!
Pablo -

Hi Karan, lovely composition with great deer in splendid pose with it's family and a lot of friends in the BG, wonderful colors, splendid light, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2007-10-17 10:37]

Wonderful capture! Nice composition, color and detail. Good POV

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-10-17 10:39]

Excellent description of its unmistakeable sound ;D
Superb action shot that gives an excellent sense of power from this roaring Stag. He seems to have had a few fights in his life due to the large bald patches on its side! ;)
+++ Well saturated colours and great contrast.
Perfect lighting that allowed you a half-decent shutter-speed
to capture this animal with perfect sharpness, conserving all the detail.
Excellent composition, POV and (of course) pose.
Good DOF that isn't too shallow or too deep; it shows the rest of the Stag's harem clearly but not too clearly that it distracts from main subject.
--- Nothing :)
Well done Karan,


Nice job here,
this image is very sharp,
great detail and exposure,


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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-10-17 11:40]

Hi Karen,
hope to get here on Sunday with Nick (nglen), looking forward to seeing all these Deer and maybe getting a few shots myself...fingers srossed for some sun!
As ever, your timing is perfect and your composition lovely. I love the natural feel to the setting here. Great job on the exposure too, very well done.

Hello Karan,
Very good captured and a well composition!
the exposure and focus is spot on with sharpness and details
very well done and well seen
Tony always

Hi Karen. I've been spending quite a bit of time in RP myself lately. It's a shame the trees haven't taken on their Autumn hues as yet for a really good backdrop. It's good you got this animated capture. Good work.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-10-17 13:37]

Hello Karan,
Beautiful photo of this stag with his harem. Very good sharpness and composition. Great colours and contrast with the BG. Good timing.

Hi Karan,

Excelelnt shot of these reed deer, presumably taken in Richmond Park. I hoping to get over there the weekend after next. Anyway, you have picked your moment well to capture him in hollow. Good colours and lighting and a really good dof.

Kind regards,


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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-10-17 14:54]

Hi Karan

I don't know which one of the two photos is more impressive...i love them both!
This one here but this magnificent stag in fron and presents him entirely - with his massive body in comparison to the females.
The one in the WS is probably a bit more expressive than this one. It almost feel...louder! I think it has a bit more impact on me since it's a little different than the most photos of deers...which usually have a side POV, or if they actually do present them from the front, the subjects have a standing posture.
Allright...taking about it, i made my mind :) I LOVE the workshop one!
Anyway, truth be told, both of them are impeccalble from the technical point of biew.
Great sharpness in both, splendid DOF that isolates the subject perfectly and a superb composition.
Wonderful work!

Bravo and TFS

PS: thanks for the replies. It's good to know i've got your name right all these months :))

Hi Karan,

I know the sound is beautiful and it's to bad we can't hear it
the photo is brilliant
Perfect compo, colours and sharpness
the shot in your WS is even more impressive

TFS Thijs

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-10-18 4:57]

Hi Karen, fantastic shot of the bellowing Stag, very nice composition with his ladies around him. Great moment to catch and so sharp, you must have been quite close! Great light and colour. A prize winner.

Very good action shot Karan
Well composed, the moment is perfectly captured
Great sharpness and detail.


Hello Karan
Perfect moment to shoot,
Great focusing,DOF and lighting,Welldone.

Good Luck

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  • rdfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 372 W: 0 N: 719] (3295)
  • [2007-10-18 10:48]

Bonjour Karan
Très belle prise, magnifique image de saison, couleurs netteté et cadrage.
Amicalement Robi

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-10-18 10:51]

Hi Karan.
What a serious person. It have seen a lot (during its life). Very expressive nice picture with rich content and scenery. I like amazing combination of dry grass and rich dark colours of the bushes and trees, numerous animal on the meadow. My compliments and TFS. Well done.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-10-18 20:21]

Hello Karan

A wonderful capture of this big boy bugling.I guess he feels the more the merrier.The scene is well captured with the harem in the long grass and the herd in the BG.Nicely composed with sharp focus and details.Great job.TFS


Hi Karan,
Two really awesome photos. The moment on both are perfect. Love the facial expression in both photos and the clear signs of the transition in the posture and shape of the stags. The long grass and and the dark Oak trees in the BG make for a beautiful scenery.

great pic, TFS Ori

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