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Red Deer Stag

Red Deer 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
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon D200, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Deer of the UK [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-01-28 17:25
Viewed: 4171
Points: 28
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From Deer-uk.com:

Richmond Park currently sustains 300 Red Deer and 350 Fallow. The general trend over recent years has been to reduce the total herd from numbers that peaked in 1985 at just under 1,000 but suffered a significant die off over the severe winter (approximately 40 Red and 50 Fallow).

Even with a smaller herd and plenty of warning notices around the Park, road traffic accidents (RTA) still account for about 30 deer fatalities each year. The other notable destructive interaction with the public using Richmond Park is significant around June each year when a number of new born calves and fawns are lost to uncontrolled dogs. Some dog walkers find their favourite pets being turned on by protective mothers and occasionally make the mistake of trying to get between ‘Fido’ and 220lbs of hormonal Red hind, at their considerable personal risk.

The deer are not rotated around the Park but are free to roam wherever they wish. For this reason plantations are deerfenced as it generally takes 40 to 50 years before an oak may be able to stand unprotected. One hundred and fifty trees are planted each year in open areas of the Park and with time may come to match the old oak pollards in the Highwood area of the Park which are 700 to 800 years old. Apparently trees in the 400 to 500 year old bracket are relatively common.

Not surprisingly it is the Red deer, standing taller than Fallow, which determine the Park’s browse lines. There are many traditional rutting stands around Richmond Park, most notably Spankers Hill which is important for Fallow

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Wonderful image, the lighting and DOF are spot on. Great composition too. Those antlers are amazing, that's an old buck!


Well taken, good detail, nice surroundings, great unobstructed view!


Nice picture.
good light, nice details.

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-01-29 7:13]

hi Simon,
très bon et jolie patience, ces moments se méritent.
Bon cadrage et bonne netteté.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-01-29 11:25]

Hello SImon,
Very fine composition showing this stag in beautiful lighting. Sharp details and natural colours. Very nice composition.
TFS and regards, Ulla

hi simon!
this is very beautiful and
mighty photo on very fine
great pov and fine composition

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-01-29 17:25]
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Stunning light SIMON and a great composition. I love the DOF as well, the OOF trees in the BG make a great backdrop to this magnificent animal



You could not have asked this fellow to pose any better for you. What luck! It is a super shot with great light, depth of focus, and color. Good placement of the subject in the frame.

Evelynn : )

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2007-01-29 18:11]
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Hi Simon

Wow, you caught this deer with good light shining on it making it stand out from the darker, OOF, and well removed BG. The animal was very alert and well aware of you thus you got some good eye contact and the DOF was spot-on resulting in excellent details. The composition is great and I like the foreground with the brightly lit grassy area since it gives good contrast to the rest of the photo. The colours are great and the exposure was well handled.

Good work and TFS.

Hi Simon

C'est un exellent portrait de ce cerf rouge, ce buck est vraiment majestueux et imposant, ses bois sont superbes.
j'aime beaucoup cette prise de vue.
Merci et au revoir...JP
Les sourires demain

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-02-01 13:20]

Hi Simon

I simply have no idea how i've missed this!
Such a splendid composition!
The light here is excellent and it does great in brightening up the face of this impressive stag. I also love the nice "game" of lihgts/shadows here...it adda lot to the depth and as well to the mood.
The colors are lovely, the details very nice and the POV is outstanding, giving you a great angle for the shot.
The pose of the stag in another superb factor and, together with the very good timing, aided you into capturing a very nice eye-contact.
Charming work!

Bravo and TFS

high details. good compo

tfs mario

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  • Aramok Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 896 W: 101 N: 1501] (5166)
  • [2007-02-15 12:46]

What an amazing picture of this red deer standing in such a wonderful spot of light. It really makes the picture come alive. The DOF and composition are spot on.


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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2007-02-25 21:35]

Nice pose,lighting is excellent,nice POV&Composition.

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