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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: 2008-02-02
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 40D, Canon 70-300mm DO IS USM
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/500 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-02-13 9:43
Viewed: 3638
Points: 52
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Another one of the Richmond stags. This was taken at the same time as the last two stag shots. I came across a whole group of stags. A few months ago they were fighting and now they are hanging out together.

Antlers from Wikipedia
Antlers are the large and complex horn-like appendages of male deer and of both sexes of other related species such as caribou. They consist of bony outgrowths from the head with no covering of keratin as is found in true horns. Each antler grows from an attachment point on the skull called a pedicle. While an antler is growing it is covered with highly vascular skin called velvet, which supplies oxygen and nutrients to the growing bone; once the antler has achieved its proper size, the velvet is lost and the antler's bone dies. This dead bone structure is the mature antler. Antlers shed after each mating season.

The Red Deer usually lose their antlers in March or April

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Hello Karan,
Beautiful 'antler' in beautiful light; another one in your portfolio.

Hi Karan,

Beautiful Stag
Perfect light, sharpnes and details
lovely colors

TFS Thijs

Good side lighting, colours are excellent and really show how these animals blend in with the dead bracken.

hello Karan

great shot with a excellent luminosity of the image, i love the POV
and framing (that space that you leaved infront of the deer),
excellent density of the colours, excellent sharpness and details, TFS


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-02-13 10:53]

Hi karen. he looks like he is getting his spring coat already. Once again a fine close up odf this bold looking Deer. great detail in the eyes and fur with natural colours. well done TFS.

Hello Karan,
Eight tags are quite impressive, I'm also impressed by how he stands out in the frame!
Effective DOF creates this fine feeling of depth, and the framing is well done...
Really a fine animal!
Pablo -

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-02-13 14:06]

Hola Karan,
cálida escena, preciosos tonos,
bello pov y composición,
saludos amiga.

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  • lizzie Gold Star Critiquer [C: 207 W: 0 N: 605] (2855)
  • [2008-02-13 15:47]

Hi Karan,
Beautiful light on this stag, nice warm colours with good details in the fur. Well done!


Hello Karan,
very good captured of the Stag in DOF!
superb sharpness, natural colouration and so much details on the stag to view and enjoy!
many thanks for sharing

Hi Karan,
This is another fine portrait of this proud animal. It must be something to be in their company. You captured excellent details in perfect exposure and beautiful tones of colors. He still has an eye on you :)! Thanks,

Hello Karan,

Beautiful shot of this stag. Nicely pose under the light in good sharpness and details. Well kept depth and yet showing its natural surrounding.


  • jignasi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2118 W: 0 N: 3424] (27917)
  • [2008-02-14 0:14]

Como siempre, una bella captura. Buenos detalles, en especial el ojo. Quizá todo el primer plano virado mucho al rojo, pero no lo se.
Saludos: J. Ignasi Tejedor

Hello Karan,

Great picture of this stag. Good sharpness. Wonderful light and colours.


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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-02-14 1:55]

Hi Karan

Ahh yes...a true royal :) I still remember the nice note on the categories from your last post...even before reading the title here i counted the tips :)
So, another very beautiful shot of a stag, one with a gorgeous frontal light to the subject that brings out the very nice almost hidden features of the subject. I really like the small shadows it creates behind each curve of the head and body...
The details are again (needless to say) terrific and the natural colors are just superb! Very nice parallel POV and nice complementary BG, too.
Overall: wonderful work!

Bravo and TFS

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-02-14 2:27]

Great shot of this Red Deer!
It looks very proud and majestic!
Great sharpness and clarity with superb detail.
Beautiful lighting and warm colours.
The eye-level POV is very powerful.
Well done Karan,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-02-14 11:11]

Hi Karan.
Once more picture of amazing stag at very nice scenery. Superb warm colours, extreme sharpness and details of the animal and FG. I am impressed with the similarity of their colour pattern. I also and again like impressive BG. Level of its blurriness is precise. It seem to me cropping (framing) on the left side is strong a little bit. Well done and kind regards.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-02-14 12:43]

Hello Karan,
Beautiful photo in fantastic light and with great sharpness. Excellent natural colours and DOF.

He sure is Karan....you are quite the person..I thin it is about time we saw a bit more of your face than your eye:-)..Perhaps your smile would be there next time I look at bio!!!

Hi Karan

sure he is like a king. it is a well framed shot with good coposition and well exposure.
well done

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-02-14 23:06]

Hi Karan,
I will be back with a proper critique.

Hello Karan,

A wonderful capture of this beauty with excellent details, nice posture, etc. friend! TFS.


Hi KAran, splendid portrait of this superb creature, wonderful pose and excellent sharpness, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hello Karan, wonderful light you got here giving good contrasty sharp detail. Dof looks perfect and nice blurred bg, you must been quite close. Good close composition that focuses on the bird well. tfs Rgds Necip

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  • rdfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 372 W: 0 N: 719] (3295)
  • [2008-02-17 10:35]

Bonjour Karan
Très belle prise, couleurs et netteté sont excellentes, très belle présentation, très beau sujet.
Félicitations, amicalement Robi

bonjour karan
extra,il y a vraiment beaucoup de details dans le pelage,chose que je n'arrive pas a avoir aussi bien sur les chevreuil!c'est peu etre a cause de la vitesse necessaire que j'utilise.
en tout cas c'est super.

Hi Karan,
Crisp clear details, well exposed with great color, DOF, and composition...I like the FG/BG elements here..And what a nice rack this big boy has! :)

Hi karan...great broadside of this deer...good composition and fine focus to the head/antlers...Nice!!!

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