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Red Alert
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Copyright: Paul Haynes (PaulH) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-10-21
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS400D, Sigma EF 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 APO DG Macro, 55mm UV Filter
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/640 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Where They Really Live [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-10-25 10:15
Viewed: 4558
Points: 60
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

Another shot from Londons' oasis of nature, Richmond Park. This was the first Red Deer we came across as we began our search. She was sat with another female in shade and was constantly scanning the area for danger, using all her senses for detection. It's a good job these Deer are so used to human proximity, as in my experience any attempt to get close to their wilder cousins is very difficult indeed.

Some facts about how these beautiful animals use their senses so well...


A deer's hearing, being far superior to that of a human, can easily detect a faint sound. It is believed that a deer's hearing is so sensitive that it can determine how far away a sound was made. A deer's hearing is one of the reasons that it is so difficult to sneak up on it without being detected. The ears of a deer are vital in helping it avoid danger. When a deer hears a sound it will instantly turn its head and point its ears in the direction of the sound. The deer will focus all of its attention on smelling, looking and listening for any more signs of danger. If the deer doesn't smell, see or hear any danger, after checking the area several times, it will usually go back to its normal routine.


A deer's eyes are located on the side of their head. The advantage is, deer are able to view 310 degrees around itself. This wide view allows the deer to be totally aware of the surroundings, even when it is staring straight ahead. The disadvantage is, deer cannot focus on one location with both eyes. This causes the deer to have very poor depth perception. Deer also see at a lower resolution than humans, and are believed to be color blind.

It is believed that deer can also see in the ultraviolet light range, which is abundant during the early morning and late afternoon. This ability to see better, in early morning and late afternoon, helps to explain why deer are more active during these time periods.


Deer have a highly developed sense of smell, it is one of their best weapons for detecting approaching danger. The moist nose of a deer, similar to that of a dog, allows the deer to pick up the faintest of odors. The odor particles, drifting by on the breeze, stick to the moisture on the deer's nose and are then drawn into the olfactory organs. A deer can detect the odor of approaching danger several hundred yards away.

Handheld, shot in RAW, adjusted curves and increased saturation + 4, converted to JPEG, reszied and sharpened.

Thanks for looking..

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Lovely shot of a beautiful deer. I love the way the grasses criss/cross across her. Great info as well.


Great job,
beautiful lighting,
very well framed.


Hello Paul!
And I see the "deer season" was opened! ;)
Another typically autumn picture and a very nice one! I have to say that as the zoologist I have never seen deer in the wild... :( strange but true... So there is a great pleasure to known that there are someone in UK who can help me to watch this beautiful species in its natural habitat, even if "only" thanks to pictures ;)
Great shot and a very nice continuation of deer saga presented by you during last days!
TFS and my best regards,

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-10-25 10:40]

Hello Paul,
another exceptional shot of a Red Deer from Richmond.
This is one of my favourite deer shots from you.
I really like the blurred, criss-crossed grass.
+++ Very sharp with great details. Brilliant DOF with a good BG and foreground.
Lovely golden lighting. Well composed and a good POV. Nice pose.
--- Nothing :)
Well done,

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2007-10-25 10:42]

Hi Paul,
The light in this photo gives a wonderful sense to this picture.
I like your low pov with the grasses in the fg.
Lovely pose of your model and a joy to look at.
TFS Paula

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-10-25 10:45]

Hi Paul

The light is so beautiful here. Wonderfully composed with sharp details. Great POV



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  • mrcrow Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 422 W: 98 N: 194] (3008)
  • [2007-10-25 11:36]

good shooting paul
i was in dunham park recently and hope to show some deer as well..not as good as this

Hi Paul,

Great shot with beautiful light excellent sharpness and lovely colours

TFS Thijs

Beautiful light, Paul!
Very well composed.
No distracting stuff.
Like it a lot!

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  • pirate Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
  • [2007-10-25 12:04]

Hi Paul
great colours, very nice eye contact, lovely compo but above all great ambiance

hi paul!
very beautiful!
like the background alot
and the nice lightning
well done!

Hi Paul,

very nice shot, it's hard to believe it was taken in UK. Wonderful light. Excellent note



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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-10-25 23:34]

Hi Nick

Superb POV with wonderful selective lighting - the grasses provide an excellent frame - beautiful.


Hello Paul,
this is really a good shot with perfect exposure and focus!
the golden sunlight is just awesome and beautiful
very well composed and well seen

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-10-26 1:32]

hello Paul,
You seem to be also a gifted animal-photographer. This is indeed an excellent shot with a wonderful light and a marvellous composition. The attitude of the deer, the fine crossed grasses make it a very fine and subtle picture.
Thanks a lot

Hello Paul,

Here is a very beautiful image of the wild life with an extraordinary light. Bravo to have known how to capture this fragile moment.



Hi Paul, wonderful composition with lovely deer in great pose, splendid warm colors, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-10-26 6:26]

Hola Paul,
perfecta captura,
la iluminación es maravillosa...
nitidez y detalles,
felicidades por este gran momento.

This London park is a place many TN'ers must visit. I can see why. It appears as though you were in my wilderness, under cover and hiding waiting for a deer to come along...yet here you are in the middle of a teeming city. It yet appears to be so natural. You folks must be very proud of that Reserve!

A fine picture gilded with gold from the sun just in the right place at the right time. I sure can tell when someone is intuitive as you clicks the shutter. Nice image Paul
*Thanks for our kind words as to the fires.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-10-26 7:31]
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Hi Paul

Phew...initially when i read the title and looked and the picture, i thought i have to see something red among all the green and brown...which is pretty much impossible for me :) But then i read your note and i was relieved :)
Gorgeous shot here with your small zoom lens. I'm guessing it's easier for you to shoot with this one since it's lighter and pretty good in quality of handling...and the results come fast. The clarity of this image is impeccable and i love how the big apperture here perfectly isolated the head from the rest of the vegetation - both from the FG and the BG.
You also were lucky to get such a direct and beautiful patch of light on her head...that really brings her out better and creates a better contrast, emphasizing all the features.
Splendid saturation all around and a most charming composition, too.
Brilliant work.


PS: Did you notice that this lens creates an interesting pattern in the BG with some sort of diagonal lines? I think i see a little bit of it here, too. Do you have any idea why?

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-10-26 8:36]

Your PoV and composition are perfect!
Wonderful colours and details in this superb capture and your notes are truly outstanding

Yes most deer are pretty skittish. It is always nice when an animal stays still long enough to set the camera. The light in this shot is really nice.

Evelynn : )

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-10-26 19:41]

Hi Paul,
Just acknowledging this wonderful shot. Will come back with a proper critique in a while.

Hello Paul,
A perfect composition to show Lady Deer at her best!
Great light and DOF spot on, superb work!
Pablo -

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-10-27 1:35]

Hello Paul,
What a beautiful warm autumn colours. The light on the head is just good. Very sharp with good details. Perfect composition and POV.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-10-27 9:07]

Hi paul. I sure i mark this last night . You did so well with the light . i like the way she is looking at somthing. the light in the eye is so good. fine detail and warm colours. well done TFS.
glad we went last week as sunday looks to be wet. have a good weekend .

Hi Paul
Wonderful lighting on the deer and grasses. Perfect that it is on her face and then touches of sunlight on the foreground grasses, all fits together beautifully.
Beautiful sharp detail on the deer where needed making her stand out from the grass.
Wonderful image


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  • mlines Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 556 W: 26 N: 668] (3116)
  • [2007-11-04 12:58]

Hi Paul, You are very good at seeking out these beautiful natural moments and sharing them with others. Excellent mood in this nature photo. TFS. Murray.

hi paul,

happy to see animal nature photos of yours!and i love it.i love these colors.and this eye contact is wonderful.

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-12-10 3:07]

Hi Paul, just spotted this, beautiful shot of this Deer. You took the shot in lovely soft autumn light and the deer is well framed within the long grass. Great profile and nice and sharp. Lovely composition.
Great note.

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