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You Shall Not Pass!


You Shall Not Pass!
Photo Information
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: 2007-11-30
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 350D / Digital Rebel XT, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 APO DG Macro
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-12-03 10:18
Viewed: 3251
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is not a great shot as it was just a quick grab shot but the scene amused me so I thought I would show it.

I had finished shooting deer hiding in the bracken and packed up to go home. I set off along one of the paths through Richmond. I wasn't looking where I was going as I was thinking about finding a cafe for a nice pot of tea and maybe a shortbread biscuit. Suddenly I was aware of something in front of me. I looked up and found this lot. Normally they would have vanished into the trees but this group obviously didn't want to move.

Now, did I:
a) continue walking along the path; or
b) end up walking the long way so I didn't disturb them

Yes you guessed it, I took the long way around :) Before I left them I had to grab a quick shot.

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Hi Karan,
What a great moment. You were the center of their attention. It looks like you had eye contact with 17 eyes. I like the autumn setting in this photo and the fact that you had a lot of details of the the park in the photo as well. I really like the expressions on the faces of those that are facing you.
TFS,
Niek

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-12-03 10:45]

Hi karen a good shot of the Deer. As you say a fair sized bunch. You have captured them with good detail and warm colours. a nice winter compostion. well done TFS.
Nick..

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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2007-12-03 11:29]

Interesting scene and good shot.
Well done! Thanks for sharing

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-12-03 11:45]

Hello Karan,
Fantastic presentation of these deer. Lovely warm colours. Beautiful surroundings and DOF.
Perfect composition.
Regards,
Peter

That is quite a harem.... but I see two bucks. Leave it to Niek to count the eyes!!! : )

They definitely had their collective eye on you but you responded exactly as they intended. It is a great capture with wonderful fall color. The bit of light green grass behind them really sets them off nicely.

TFS
Evelynn : )

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-12-03 12:50]

Hi Karan

Now i am the one very behind with my critiques :(
Sorry for missing out, but this past week as been a bit mess and sadly it seems as this one will pretty much be the same. Still, i tried hard not to detache myself completly from TN...so i'm back for this lovely capture!
And what a nice pack it is!!! No wonder they wouldn't run away...they feel secure and confident in such high numbered groups.
Still, you did great to quickly unpack and take this shot; it's really terrific! If i'm not mistaken, you've got 7 of them in direct eye-contact with you (with a possibility of extra 2...but they are with their heads turned)...wow!!!...now's that certainly not something you see or manage everyday ;)
Great work with the exposure and DOF, too, keeping good sharpness on all of them.

Bravo and TFS
Horia

Hi Karan, wonderful group of superb deers, excellent sharpness, good details and wonderful warm colors, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • jignasi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2118 W: 0 N: 3424] (27917)
  • [2007-12-03 12:55]

Hola Karan, pues yo si que creo que es una buena toma. No se "caza" cada dia a este grupo
reunido y posando para tí. Lo más bonito de esta fotografía son los tonos ocres, marrones, amarillos que crean un ambiente especial. Preciosa y a tono con esta época del año.
Un saluddo: J. Ignasi

Hello Karan,
lovely shot of this army of deer, wonderfull colors and great scene
many thanks,
friendly,
Pat

Hello Karan,
To me I really liked this shot very much!
very warm colour with a lot of peaceful atmosphere in the park!
the sharpness of this photo just awesome with so much details
Thank you for sharing
have a great week ahead!
Tony

hi Karan
lovely shot
very nice scene captured
nice tones
regards
jo

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  • medio Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 27 W: 2 N: 35] (181)
  • [2007-12-03 14:18]

Hola Karan.
una foto muy bonita, la tonalidad me parece excelente y el encuadre y la composición muy buenos una gran toma!!!
saludos José

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2007-12-03 14:30]

Hi Karan, you say it is not a great shot but I will tell you it is! The tiny golden leaves in the tree is repeated on the ground and the golden tone is found on the side of the deers. It is beautiful, it looks like pollen dust on them. They all look at ou, being curious or protecting their territory? How to tell. Yet this is such a nice and amusing photo. Thank you!

Francine

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-12-03 23:30]

Hi Karan

This looks very like a herd of Impala at first glance - then you see the antlers and oak trees! Lovely composition with good detail. The colour palette here is very effective.

James

Hello Hester,
There they are, all of them... Great!
Super group portrait in a beautiful setting!
Greetings,
Pablo -

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  • TBW Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 94 W: 28 N: 200] (846)
  • [2007-12-04 0:12]

Hi Karan!
Wow, that is great! I guess they felt safe because they were so many and you were just one!? Anyway, it is a fantastic thing to get so close to the deer, and without them running away. A nice memory to carry with you :)

TFS
Torbjørn

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-12-04 3:54]

Hi Karen, how amazing! They are all looking at you, both males and females. It is an unusual shot, they must have been having a very important meeting before you came across them. I don't see anything wrong with the shot, its a good composition as it surprises you as soon as you see it. It could have many captions. I think you caught it with good autumn light and colours, focus and exposure. Hope you got your tea and shrotbread.
tfs
debz

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-12-04 3:56]

Hi Karan,
very nice moment...seems they had the upper hand here though ;o) Lovely late autmnal setting and great earthy tones throughout..i'm going to try to get back to Richmond if it snows :o)
tfs
Paul

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-12-04 4:51]

hello karan,
This is such a vivid and natural picture! We can see so interesting reactions on the faces of these deers. Beautiful autumnal colours make the picture also pleasant. I like this kind of shot.
Thanks and best regards
Anne

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-12-05 0:10]

Hi Karan,
Just acknowledging this wonderful shot from you. Sorry, absolutely tied up with an urgent assignment hence forced to do a short-work.
Regards.
Sumon

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-12-05 3:30]

Hi Karan.
You are right. The subject is simply amazing. Especially I like light meadow behind the charming grope. And you are wrong. The shot is perfect. Excellent colours, superb sharpness of the entire image. Framing and composition are perfect too. My compliments and TFS.
Alexei.
I'll be back soon.

Karan,
Good for you lady.
Am so happy you got this lovely image; these, for sure, were NOT sleeping???
Your friend, & Niek's too in far away and COLD COLD Calgary,
Mario.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-12-05 19:56]

Hello Karan

Robin hood and his merry band.
You might call this a grab shot but the overall scene is wonderful.
So many eyes gazing upon you.I would have gone the long way too.
Very well focused with good detail and lovely autumn colour.
Great job
TFS

Rob

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