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Stag caught in the sun

Stag caught in the sun
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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): Deer of the UK [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-01-13 7:37
Viewed: 4025
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Realised I did have a photo of this magnificent beast in the sun AND on the horizon.

This was the first time I'd used the D200 and very happy with the results!

I had been trekking around Richmond Park and had decided to call it a day when I suddenly spotted this lonely stag about 50 metres away from me. The sun was in and out constantly so wasn't sure if I'd get the shot I wanted (here is link to other shot in the shade: www.treknature.com/gallery/Europe/United_Kingdom/photo90027.htm)

Positioned myself leaning against a tree and waited. He made his way towards me as I was downwind and he hadn't smelt me, then I think he spotted me and paused right on the horizon looking at me, then he decided I was harmless and trotted off. I got the shot just as the sun fell on him.

The 70-300 VR performed really well and I would have normally needed a tripod for this (300mm) but the VR kept shot sharp.

Learning heaps already, thanks for input guys.


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Hello Simon.
What a good shot!
I like it very much. I would like to take the same photo. I pefer this one to the other one. Colors are more warmer and position is perfect.

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  • rdfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 372 W: 0 N: 719] (3295)
  • [2007-01-13 11:46]

Bonjour Simon
Cette photo est parfaite, attitude de pose, netteté, couleurs et composition. Bravo
Salutations Robi

very beautiful photograph of this stag indeed I believe that it I had located you find the lumiére splendid and the hatitude of the stag is very pretty also cheer you knew déclanché at the good time

It was nice of him to strike such a pose for you...and on the crest of that little hill. Luck and skill came together here. It is a shot to be proud of.

Thanks for sharing

Evelynn : )

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-01-13 21:35]

Hello Simon

A very impressive animal.There is a look in his eye that you have captured nicely.Good POV and DOF,the shot is well focused with sharp details.TFS


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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2007-01-15 4:21]

Hi Simon,
Well he looks extremly beautiful with this light. Great composition and pov. Nice colours.
TFS Paula

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-01-16 14:08]

Hi Simon

Lovely shot of this majestic animal. Lovely pose, nice details and great light. Excellent POV



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