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Announcing the Rut

Announcing the Rut
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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: 2008-09-18
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 40D, Canon 100 - 400 L IS USM
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite wild animal photos, Pentaxfriend's favorites 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-09-19 11:09
Viewed: 3870
Points: 37
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a bit early as the rut has not properly started yet but I went to Richmond yesterday and the early signs of the rut are there. Some of the large stags are already trying out their voices, harems are starting to form and the young stags are having play fights. This stag had a small harem of 6 hinds and he was already very aggressive, snorting at anyone who went too close and bellowing frequently.

The rut usually begins in the middle of October and can go on to November.

The light in this shot is a bit strange. It was a lovely day until I got close to the deer - then a big storm cloud came over. The light was mainly dull until the odd break in the clouds produced this stormy light

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hello Karan

happy to see you, it is long time i did not see of your images,

excellent shot with fine POV and DOF, beautiful luminosity
with excellent sharpness and details, excellent timing
too shoot it in image you where at the good place the good time,



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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-09-19 11:20]

Hi Karan. I am looking to go to Richmond early next month. You have taken a good close up of this fine looking stag. Good detail and natural colours in the fur. I like the pose in this one. wel ldone TFS.

Have a good weekend.

Hi Karan,
A lovely shot of this stag while he was announcing to establish his harem:). Nice timely capture with great details, superb DOF/POV and nicely coloured surronding.
Many thanks for sharing this and Have a happy weekend!


Wonderful image, Karan.
Very good moment.
It's a real Hester and a pleasure to view...
Well done

Hello Karan,
How are you and delighted to see your beautiful posting after a while!
nice image with the right moment for this best shot!
good sharpness, lighting, colour and details always
well done
take care and sincere regards from NZ

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-09-19 12:57]

Hello Karan,
Good to see you bach which such a beautiful photo. Great moment and timing. Excellent sharp focus and natural light. Very good POV, DOF and composition.
Have a great weekend,

Hello Karan

A lovely capture of this bellowing stag.The details and focus are sharp.
The antlers are impressive and show well.
You have managed the lighting well,sometimes things are beyond our control.
Excellent POV.

Wolf (It is I Leclair)

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-09-19 14:59]

Hi Karan,
Great shot. Excellent sharp details with well exposed colours. Good lighting and well composed. Very well done and TFS.

WoW!What perfect timing!The best thing about this shot is the perfect natural pose, if I may, that you've so perfectly captured!
Very well done, my dear friend!

Hello Karan,
congratulation indeed for this wonderful capture. Excellent timing and composition. Focus, POV and colors great. Informative notes also very nice. Thanks for sharing. best wishes

Hello Karen,

This photograph has Karen written all over it :) Very well shot of stag, you have captured the ambience well. TFS

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-09-20 9:09]

Hi Karan.
I remember your last series of similar photos. It was amazing works. This one is so wonderful. Shot is full of feelings and its quality is the best. POV and composition of the shot cannot be better for my taste. DOF is the best too. Lights and colours are perfect. Bravo. Well done.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-09-21 10:57]

Hi Karan,I'll be Richmond Park in a couple weeks, hopefully things wil have heated up a bit by then! This is a great shot, and shows this chap is in fine fettle. Beautiful light, perfect DOF and excellent timing - well done as always!

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-09-21 13:52]

Hi Karan,
what an excellent shot of this bellowing Deer!
I'm going to Richmond park on the 4th of Oct so hopefully I'll see some bellowing Deer too :-)
The sharpness is excellent.
Superb pose.
Great timing.

I hope you are well.


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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-09-22 0:56]

Hi, amiga...
beautiful frame
optimal timing and attitude ... precious animal.
great focus and lighting.

Fotografía tan bien realizada que te situa dentro del escenario !! Impresionante luz y gran realismo en los colores. Digna de publicarse en cualquier revista de naturaleza.
Un abrazo Karan: Josep Ignasi Tejedor.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-09-25 17:03]

Hi Karan,

Long time no see - nice to have you back. Great timing to capture this Stag in the midst of his bellowing. Love the raised head and the position of the antlers. Excellent details of the head and body and beautiful natural colors. I wonder if his ladies were watching him.


Hi Karan,

SUPERB capture
Excellent sharp details
perfect colors and compo
great POV and DOF
Beautifull light

TFS Thijs

nice work. excellent.

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