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Rise from the Deep

Rise from the Deep
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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: 2008-10-18
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 40D, Canon 100 - 400 L IS USM
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/160 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite wild animal photos, Vanderschelden's favorites III [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-12-04 11:20
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Favorites: 4 [view]
Points: 76
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is one of the photos I took in October when the Red Deer Rut was happening. This stag had his harem hidden in the long ferns. Most of the time I could only see the tips of his antlers but every now and then he would announce his presence.

Quote from Nigel Hester, Countryside Manader, from the National Trust website:
'Their howl can be heard for miles and it’s not always obvious what it is. It’s called bolving. It’s when the stag who has grown his full head of antlers is trying to impress the surrounding hinds, and scare off potential rivals.'

'At five or six years old a stag is at his peak, and may attract and sire between 12 and 20 hinds. During the rut, stags are so focused on attracting mates they rarely eat, so by the end of it they’re lean and exhausted.'

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bonjour karan
cette photo est extra,il ne manque que le bruit mais l'attitude du cerf donne vraiment l'impression d'y etre.
un tres bon piqué et de superbes couleurs.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-12-04 11:31]

Hello Karan
Excellent catch, nicely done.
Great sharp capture of the Red Deer.
Fantastic detalis. Well presented and well done.
Regards Siggi

Hallo Karan
An absolutely true-nature-in-action-in-motion image. The expression of distraught captured on this Deer’s face is unbelievable. I am truly astound about the atmosphere of the whole scenery displayed on the screen. This is a once in a life time opportunity for the most of us, and you where fortunate to be there and experience the whole drama. Your image is wonderfully displayed, with great focus and with an emotional feeling presence. Thanks for sharing. In my opinion, this is a valuable contribution to the site.
Best regards.

great capture, TFS Ori

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-12-04 12:00]

Hello Karan,
What a appropriate title. I'm two years on TN today and got that feeling in photography. Thanks to great photographers like you are.
This photo is amazing. The expression is fantastic. Mostly the best photos have a high level of emotion. And this photo got it! Besides this photo is of a great technical quality. Thanks.
Kind regards,

wow :)

amazing catch Karan!
very impressive portrait

tfs sERGIO

Hello Karan,

Fantastic capture.
Excellent timing.
Light,focus and composition are splendid.

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2008-12-04 12:59]

Hi Karan!

Your picture is impressive. The Red Deer's expression, the low point of view and the fabulous colours add to the value of the picture. This autumn, my wife and I were in the Swiss National Park where we heard the howl of the deers that approached our camping site very closely. Your picture remembered me this.

Kind regards


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-12-04 13:08]

Hi Karan,

Wow! How in the world were you able to react quickly enough to get this magnificent shot? This is one of the most expressive photos I have ever seen. The wide-open mouth and the look in his eyes says it all. The ferns almost give a sense of one of those horror movies they advertise on TV. Excellent composition with the antlers filling the frame.


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  • eliz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 167 W: 20 N: 271] (1537)
  • [2008-12-04 13:15]

you surprised a great moment . tfs

Hello Karan,
WOW!!Fantastic capture, great timing, excellent sharpness and clarity, lvoely natural colors, so clear and crisp.
Well Done.

hello Karan

what a superb shot of the Red Deer in his rut,
beautiful warm luminosity and colour tones,
excellent sharpness and details, superb timing from you, TFS


Well this is certainly an unusual capture Karan. It is very dramatic. You caught the emotional essence of the rut. I love that the white antler tips are against the darker part of the background. There is a lot of visual impact.

Evelynn : )

Hi Karan
I love this image of a Stag among the fern. A unique action shot as the Stag calls out. The dark background is a nice contrast to the warm autumn colours of the surrounding vegetation. Well composed.
TFS Janice

Hello Karan,
Great shot with the 100-400 that brings the image to closeness in perfect sharpness, awesome colour and details
the moment is perfect to have this image
well done

This is an impressive capture, Karan. You have also captioned it very appropriately.
The 'bolving' posture of this animal with only the head and antlers visible above the sea of brown ferns is very dramatic.
An excellent picture of nature at its best.
Thanks and regards.

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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2008-12-04 23:00]

Merhaba Karan!
Gerçekten etkileyici bir kare. Enfes dallı boynuzuyla geyiğin tam bağırması esnasında çekilmiş müthiş bir an fotoğrafı olmuş. Çok başarılı bir kare. Emeğine sağlık.


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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-12-04 23:29]

Hi Karan

Amazing shot - wonderful . . . and straight into my favourites.


Hi Karan
Hidden in ferns - great shot. I like the moment and great autumn colors. Very elagant and beautiful image

Brilliant shot . I love it. Great attitude and really original with just the stag's head appearing above the ferns.

Hi Karan ,
So nice work at wonderful moment.
Great shot.

Hello Karan

This is very well timed.
The expression is super.
The antlers are like a huge crown and the tines have lovely symmetry.
You have managed a wonderful natural setting.
Excellent POV and composition.


Hi Karan,
I never realized that the ferns are this high that they would cover up the entire deer. It certainly makes the game of capturing one even more difficult. But, as you have shown over and over again, you know how to make a stunning and striking photo.
The moment you captured here is very beautiful The expression in his eyes show the determination to get an even larger harem. The beautiful warm colors of his coat and the dead ferns make the photo even more beautiful. The details in the stag and the OOF FG ferns are both wonderful.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-12-05 12:56]

Hi Karan,
you really do do these the best...ALWAYS such character in your Deer shots...i know i've said it beofre, but you have a certain knack for it. What can i say, the shot speaks for itself, well done indeed..

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-12-06 11:20]

Hi Karan.
It is simply fantastic. Subject is unbelievable. It is very interesting where did you stand at shooting moment? Bravo. Extremely expressive scene and impression of stag "face". Surrounding are superb and quality of the image is outstanding too. My congratulations and many thanks for sharing of the true masterpiece.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-12-06 13:56]

Fantastic shot, Karan!
The pose is awesome!
Great composition.
Superb light.
I love those crazy eyes :-)

Very well done,

Lovely. Excellent timing colors and composition.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-12-10 0:26]

Hi Karan

I've been wanting to congratulate you on this one for some time, but either forgot or didn't have the time :(
Anyway, this is a terrific capture!
Your timing here is really the "piece-de-la-resistence" :) You managed to catch this stag tight as he appeared from the ferns and the result is something with an enormous amount of impact and drama.
Excellent sharpness and use of shallow DOF, too.

Bravo and TFS

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-12-10 5:23]

Hello Karan,
Most expressive and amazing shot you show here. Great composition and very original point of view. I think I would have been frightened and would have run away..instad of taking a picture.
Great posting

Congratulations. Most unique!!!
Mario from COLD COLD Canada with friendly greetings.
P.S. We just got back from Haifa, Israel; trying to catch up.... sleep.... I mean. That Heathrow airport is a "NIGHTMARE".

Impresionante !!

Luz, colores, oportunidad en la captura del gesto del animal... toda una obra de arte Karan.

Abrazo: Josep Ignasi.

Hi Karen
Wonderful moment you captured with great timing.
Awesome shot full of color and emotion.
tfs jon

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-12-17 11:54]

Hi Karan,
Pose and expression you captured is great! Also composition is very good too. Well done and TFS
Best wishes,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-12-18 0:43]

Hello Hester,
This is a fabulous and very well-timed capture. Those antlers look most impressive as they appear out of the ferns! Wonderful light and colours and very fine sharp details too. The white tips of the antlers really stand out against the dark background! Superb!
TFS and cheers, Ulla

Karan, and here we go again...
A superb moment. Great photography.
Another favorite...
I like everything! Perfect!

hello Karin

wauwh !!
wath a good picture
on the good moment shot

i like the picture

greeting lou

very nice colors and timming

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2011-05-28 1:42]

Hi Karan,

This photo is a photgrapers dream. Everything's perfect. My compliments!


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