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For Karan - Richmond Red

For Karan - Richmond Red
Photo Information
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: 2007-10-21
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS400D, Sigma 170-500mm f/5-6.3 AF APO Ultra DG, UV + Circ. Polar.
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/640 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-10-21 10:59
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this was shot today at Richmond Park, in London. I'm dedicating this to Karan (Hester), who provided some great information as to where they could be found.
I went along with Nick Glen (nglen) and also met up with Joe Kellard (Joey) too. A great time was had watching these impressive animals challenging each other for posession of the valued females, who looked on seemingly unimpressed.

Latin name: Cervus elaphus


The male is about 140cm at the shoulder, and the female is approximately 120cm. Adult males can weigh up to 200kg.


Wild populations can be found in the Scottish Highlands, north Devon, the Lake District, the Quantock Hills and the New Forest. There are also many herds in parks throughout the UK.

Months seen:

All year. They are at their noisiest during October which is the time of the 'rut'.


Dense woods and open moorlands


Grass and low growing vegetation, as well as leaves on trees. This can be noticed on the trees in the area which have a perfectly flat bottom to their branches, about two metres from the ground, which is the maximum height the deer can reach.

Special features:

Although there are six species of deer living in Britain, only the red deer and the roe deer are native. The red deer is our largest native land animal.

shot in RAW, tweaked curves, converted to JPEG, reszied and sharpened.

Thanks for looking..

SunToucher, nglen, joey, taba, Juyona, gracious, Jamesp, Silke, eqshannon, horia, hester, Kathleen, pvb, anel, cicindela, wuta, Debz has marked this note useful
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Hi Paul,
I was waiting on your return from Richmond Park. So I am glad to capture it before I have to watch BBC 2. I am also glad to see your first photo with your big gun.
Love the moment and the awesome pose. I like the way its comming out of the high ferns. Details are good, catch light in the eye is wonderful. The photo could be a bit sharper and have less noise.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-10-21 11:06]

Hi Paul. You did not hang around geting a shot on to TN. This is a very good one indeed. You used the light so well. to give the warm colour. good detail and pose from the Stag. very well done TFS. Great day had by all thanks.

Hello Paul
This is a fine shot and an escape from your fine landscapes...lovely focus and great fg and bg...Top work...Its superb!!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-10-21 12:08]

Hello Paul,
Fantastic catchlight in this photo. Great timing and pose of the stag. Perfect DOF and composition. A masterpiece!

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  • taba Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 466 W: 124 N: 312] (1847)
  • [2007-10-21 12:15]

Hi Paul
great capture and moment
the light is fantastic and awesome...

It is the light and the pose that makes this image. It's a great capture. How much did you crop this? It may have lost a bit of resolution. It is the same story with our elk. The bulls worry themselves into a frenzy running around and bugling while the females almost yawn and couldn't care less... MEN!!!! : )

Evelynn : )

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-10-21 14:06]

Hola Paul,
hermosa dedicatoria para la amiga KARAN...
sensacional retrato y espléndido momento y pov.
buen foco.

Hello Paul,
It's very nice to see your captured of this beautiful animal from London!
great use of the light with perfect exposure and focus!
very well done and TFS

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-10-21 15:21]

Hi Paul

Just marking - back later.


Excelente documento de esta época de berrea del ciervo. Colores elegantes del conjunto y una luz ténue muy apropiada.

Saludos Paul.

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-10-21 15:55]

Hello Paul,
Very nice capture, just marking for now
since I have a very short time.. Have a nice day!


Park or not, this is one incredible shot. I love the action of the call.
It is dark, but that really adds to the effect for it.
Brilliant shooting.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2007-10-21 23:07]

Hi Paul,

An excellent capture,very dynamic,the POV and light are very good,the pose is superb,well seen and captured ,tfs


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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-10-22 0:52]

Hello Paul,
this one came out so well!!
I've still got to edit my deer shots.
+++ Great action shot showing this stag barking. Excellent pose, POV and composition. I love the golden light shining onto its face. Very sharp aswell. Great BG that luckily had none of the other onlookers in it ;)
--- Nothing at all :)
I lovely dedication to Karan.
Very well done,

p.s thanks for an amazing day :)

Hello Paul,
A lovely low light capture!
The great side light is effective in outlining the fine animal, combined with DOF spot on the subject really stands out...
Great composition, superb action has been captured!
pablo -

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-10-22 7:08]

Outstanding composition! I love the framing with all the natural foliage.
Words fail me

Paul...This is an inspiring picture. Perhaps it is the lighting which makes it more of a dramatic image. This photo has feeling to it. Caught my eye as soon as I awoke this am...

Hi Paul,
Oh my gosh, this is amazing, I love the shot, what a beautiful animal , singing for the girls eh? :o) The color is perfect love all those ferns hes "swimming" in, even wearing it as a headdress! Great shot TFS

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-10-22 8:23]
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Hi Paul

Super wide-angle landscapes and big zoom shots, too? WOW! Great work my friend!
Nice to hear you filks there are having some nice social meetings, too...i'm sure it's a lot of fun and also educational to meet with other TN members and go shooting together...
Anyway, back to the shot, it's really beautiful!
Beginning with the soft and warm light that just did wonders with the tones and colors, all the way to the timing - catching him while roaring - it's all exceptional.

I took the liberty and read your discussion with Niek. In relation to that, after carefully examining the shot i must ask you what focus did you use: manual or auto. Becasue if it's auto, then it might be a little off - you see here, it era facing us is a little out of focus already while teh ferns behind him are still in a good focus...and if it actually is so, then i'm affraid it might be the lens. Either way, i'm looking forward for your post from tonight.

Anyway (again), i really like this shot, and for one fo teh first times you've tried this very long lens, it's a terrific result. Congrats!

Take care and TFS

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-10-22 10:03]

Hi Paul

I am chuffed to bits to have such a wonderful shot dedicated to me. I knew you would produce some amazing stag shots. Did you have a good time? I love watching the deer.

Amazing moment captured. I love the fern on the antlers. Very dramatic light as well.

I think it is beautiful



Hi Paul.
Amazing shot with the wonderful light coming in on him and the roar pose, well seen and taken. Wonderful image with atmosphere, mood and great detail.


Hello Paul,
This is a nice dedication to our friend Karan! I like this portrait a lot for this action caught, beautiful colors, exposure, details and lightning. You are lucky to see those impressive animals from so close :)! Well done and TFS,

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2007-10-23 11:01]

Hi Paul,
Wow, this is a great capture and a very nice dedication for Karan.
Very nice timing from you in capturing this one in this pose.
Vry good shaprness and details and with good light from the front.
TFS Paula

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-10-24 0:30]

hello Paul,
What an impressive sight this stag in middle of the ferns. Would have liked to see you guys looking at this scene. It is also what TN is about. Formidable! Excellent framing and good light.
Thanks and best regards

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2007-10-24 13:29]

Hello Paul , Fantastic shot , great sharpnes light colours details compositie and bg thanks ,Greetings Teunie .

Hello Paul!
As I see you decide to do some break from landscapes, and it is really nice to see this photo!
Great timing and... lucky! The deer looks very impressive - both thanks to its pose and technique of photo. My best congratulation because of new experiment! :)
Best withes,

Hi Paul, what a stunner!!! Beautiful in every way!
Cheers, Luís.

Hi Paul,
very dramatic, emotionally deeply appealing - a quintessential shot of autumn excitement. Very well handled dim light that adds to the mystical power of the scenery.
What a nice dedication to Karan.
Thank you! Withbest regards,

Wow!! Spectacular.

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-12-10 3:11]

Hi Paul, I am sorry I missed these great shots of the Rutting Deer, I Richmond Park. I am so glad you had a great time with fellow TN members. You caught a fine shot of this Male bellowing his presence. Great pose and the light has a definate autumnal feel to it. Great compositon all round.

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