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Lone stag

Lone stag
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Copyright: Simon Biffen (simon182) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 304 W: 70 N: 292] (1357)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-01-10
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon D200, AF-S VR Nikkor 70-300 f/4.5-5.6 IF-ED
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): !Horns; big, long or otherwise, Deer of the UK [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-01-11 7:54
Viewed: 5802
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A lonely stag was wondering across the horizon and paused and stared at me for a few seconds before heading off down the hill. Fantastic moment!

Richmond Park, originally a deer-hunting park, still has 300 Red Deer and 350 fallow deer. The deer have played a major role in the Park's history and have shaped the landscape too. Our special grassland habitat depends on grazing and the parkland trees have a distinctive 'browse line' as the deer eat all the leaves and twigs growing below about 1.5 metres. Deer grazing also prevents tree seedlings from growing, keeping the grassland open. For young trees to survive they need to be protected against damage from deer antlers for some 50 years.

From: www.royalparks.gov

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Hello Simon,
Welcome to TN! Richmond park is very nice place for photography.
This picture looks very natural. I very much like the BG cause it gives nice depth. The POV is lovely and details very clear. The picture seems to be a tiny bit too dark but maybe it's just because of gloomy mood. Looking at your settings I guess you didn't have best light to play with.
Anyway, very well done on this one!

Hi Simon,
A Well taken Photograph,the stag
realy stands out against the
de focust background,sharpness
and detail are good,a great shot
of this nobel beast.
Well done.
Best regards.

Hello Simon.

Excellent picture, nice composition.

Jose Luis.

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  • Bufo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
  • [2007-01-11 9:51]

Hello Simon,
the deer looks like a statue, but an amazing sight. I can imagine you're really glad with this moment. The light is great, creating soft colours. Also nicely shaded forground and well exposed deer. Great work, Jacob

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  • Dejv Silver Star Critiquer [C: 18 W: 0 N: 0] (75)
  • [2007-01-11 10:39]

Hallo Simon!
Welocome to TN!
Wery good foto!I like this foto!
TFS David

beautiful lonely pic, TFS Ori

Hi Simon,
Welcome to TN. Good post here. Exposure, sharpenss and colour balance all look good. You've timed this one well getting great eye contact. Enjoy the D200...big learning curve for me. Have hammered out 14,000 frames in just over a year...still learning!

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-01-12 7:31]

Hi Simon

great capture of this magnificant creature. i went searching for Red Deer this year near where i live (New Forest), where they are semi wild - they're not that easy to find!

This is great, excellent sharpness and pose, the colours are perfect.



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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-01-12 11:00]

Hi Simon and a warm welcome to TN :)
This is splendid shot!
I really like the POV here and the pose you managed to capture this impressive stag in - very nicly against the horison and with nothing in the FG to distract the attention.
Also the fact that he turned his head towards you is a great plus, giving you a so-difficult-to-get eye-contact.
The fucus here is simply impeccable and the DOF is perfect, keeping him in exceptional sharpness and the BG nicly blurred.
The natural colors and tones are wonderful and the warm light on him is lovely.
A superb composition, all-in-all.
Bravo and TFS

WOW Simon! Signed on 21 days ago, and 21 photos later ...

Well done!I missed yur arrival at TN, but want t stil wecome you! What a great shot we have here!
The f/g and b/g are nicely "blurred" to throw the full focus on the standing stag. The Alexander Keith's folks should get in touch with you, as the stag - and the stag only - commands our attention. Well done. And loverly colours to boot! Cheers, Jay

PS "Alexander Keith's" are brewers of Pale India Ale since 1820 in Nova Scotia, aye!

Hi Simon
Wow what a gorgeous Stag you capture here. He looks so proud and healthy with good confirmation. I like that he is looking directly at you and his antlers stand out so nicely. Well done.
TFS Janice

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