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Doe, Ray, Me, Far...

Doe, Ray, Me, Far...
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Copyright: Adrian Warren (AdrianW) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 257 W: 185 N: 215] (710)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-06-24
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS10D, EF 200mm f2.8 L/II
Exposure: f/4, 1/350 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-06-24 17:24
Viewed: 8461
Favorites: 3 [view]
Points: 26
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Fallow deer
Dama dama ssp. dama

So many possible titles for this one, but I settled on Doe Ray Me Far since it seemed the most appropriate.

Doe, because this is a female fallow deer
Ray, for the ray of golden sun ;)
Me, as I am the photographer
Far, the distance from me to the doe ;)

If you don't get the original reference, the solfege of the major scale in music is explained here.

Other potential titles were "golden hind" - ruled out because technically that would apply to a female red deer, the fallow deer female is called a doe.

Another option was "head into the light", since the deer has her head facing into the sun, but I didn't want to imply she died - she was just fine when I last saw her.

In reality the ray of light is actually lens flare caused by shooting very near the late afternoon sun - but I actually preferred this one to the shots without it... YMMV

More info about the Fallow Deer can be found here.

Plenty of information about Richmond Park, the largest royal park, can be found here

Smart Sharpen

P.S. In case you're wondering what all the pale dots are around the deer, they're flies - all of the deer were buzzing with them. Curiously, some of another group had starlings perched on their backs to pick off the flies, much in the same way as cattle egrets pick off insects elsewhere...

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  • takos1 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 261 W: 25 N: 208] (2607)
  • [2006-06-24 17:45]

bella la foto........ bellissima l'atmosfera!


Curiosísimo contraluz, se nota el aire, los insectos, el polvo... un acierto no forzar un mayor contraste para que se dé este efecto.

great capture animals;-)

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  • Ninfa Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 112 W: 3 N: 204] (747)
  • [2006-06-25 0:25]

Hola Adrian: Una foto muy atractiva sin duda. La perspectiva y los enfoques muy bien seleccionados, la tonalidad dorada lograda es bellísima, es el tipo de fotos que naturalmente me gustarian para una postal, las moscas iluminadas agregan el movimiento y un efecto muy bello para recorrer a la composición. Saludos Cordiales.

Hello Adrian
I agree that the lens flare helps make the shot, providing a golden mood. Regards.

It does not get much more visual poetry than this. Whoever said "an image is worth a thousand words" was talking about this one...
Simply breathtaking!

Very nice and warm capture Adrian,
Good detail, colours and sharpness. exposure and lighting are good. Good POV and composition.

Thanks for posting, enjoy the rest of the weekend.

From the thumbnail It looks a little like a miss. I clicked it open, and I was amazed! What a great shot. It is beautiful. Perfect expusure despite difficult light.
POV and composition are also perfect.
A master piece! TFS.

Hi Adrian, this is a wonderful, evocative shot. The pose & composition fit the lighting perfectly and wow, that lighting :). I love the way all the insects in the air are all lit up. It's beautiful :)

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2006-07-05 19:17]

Hi Adrian, lovely image. I really like the flies in there - they add so much life. I'm unsure about the lens flare but I'd have to see both images I guess. Great stuff.

Hi Adrian,
The three most important things needed for a great photograph are quality light, composition, and subject, in that order. The subject is not even that important. Light and comp. can make any object look good.
Here the light is amazing. I love the beautiful warm light shaft. Dramatic back lighting gives the golden halo effect. Excellent composition with some extra space on the right for the deer to move in to. :) Theflies add greatly to the overall shot. SUPERB!

Excellent composition with an amzing light.
A great shot, Adrian.


Nice shot. I like very much the bottom, amazing!!!!

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