16 Reasons To Keep A Safe Distance
This is truly fantastic!
I LOVE the way you've captured this really impressive stag and i think the use of the tripod was the right way to go. I don't see any exif info here, but if this isn't taken at a very high ISO (and i don't think it is), i'm sure this would look terrific printed big.
The light here is great really. I don't know weather "flat" for you means good or bad, but i like the way it saturates all the colors and that you don't have any big or harsh shadows. This way, only through a shallow DOF you isolated the stag superbly from the rest of the scene. The composition is also outstanding, being the cherry on top of this gorgeous shot.
BRAVO and TFS
PS: could that personal project be a nice book on the Jurassic coast? :)
- crs (3551)
- [2008-10-14 10:38]
Hello Paul, you have made a very good photo showing very sharp the Red deer. You have used so well the existing light getting fine and well saturated colors.
Thank you for sharing,
- jai_glenny (775)
- [2008-10-14 10:45]
16 reasons, yes I can remember him turning to look at me with that mini arsenal. This is when I am sure you will agree that you really start to realise the power these beasts have lurking within.
With regards to the shot, your usual high standard that brings back nice memories.
- nglen (36145)
- [2008-10-14 10:46]
Hi Paul. I have yet to get out and try to get a male deer this year . This is a great pose with him looking staight at you. You have Good detail and colours. This is where a monopod may help and not to expensive . well done TFS. Good notes too.
- trevorbayliss (0)
- [2008-10-14 10:51]
He is indeed a formidable photographer scaring Stag!!
Tripod...who would need one when the trembling photographer uses an image stablisier that the big camera comps try to reproduce!!
That said this is a cracking capture and I can see just how sharp it is even at this small picture size.
Great work Paul
All the Best
- Mana (18598)
- [2008-10-14 10:52]
Outstanding shot of this grand looking Red Deer with such beautiful and showy antlers. Very impressive sharpness and you have handled the lighting and exposure levels very skillfully. Great view and I like the natural setting too. Excellent DOF, POV and composition.
- vanderschelden (30441)
- [2008-10-14 11:09]
I think there are 17 reasons actually:-).
Otherwise a very impressive photo of this Red deer.
Beautiful dark colors of the animal and the habitat.
Very good photo.
- Argus (50626)
- [2008-10-14 11:55]
I'd certainly not relish the prospect of this 16 pointer taking a charge at me, but you seemed to have been close enough to take this fine shot in a great pose, the antler tips almost shining against the dark OOF natural BG.
A beautiful capture on the New Forest heath and thanks for sharing it,
- demeve (6165)
- [2008-10-14 11:56]
This is a great shot! Sunday I also took some shots of Elk
roaming the Grand Canyon. This picture is very sharp and well
focused, very well done
- uleko (10940)
- [2008-10-14 11:58]
Terrific capture of this Stag facing you with its impressive horns. Wonderful early morning light and colours and the details are razor sharp. I like the surrounding heathland and the dark forest beyond - a splendid composition!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla
Thats a very big one Paul. You have placed him in his enviroment. The bleeding heathland makes your photo perfect. Wunderful. His pose so looking at your camera (nice eycontact)makes this ompo complete.
Well done. Thanks for sharing. Cheers and TFS BOB
- CeltickRanger (37400)
- [2008-10-14 17:25]
i counted the points, and yes you are reason :
« 16 Reasons To Keep A Safe Distance »,
your image is a superb shot, with fine POV & framing,
i love the early morning light, sharpness and details
of the deer are excellent like his eye-contact with you, TFS
- techranger (3462)
- [2008-10-14 18:46]
Excellent capture and presentation of the Red Deer. Love the lighting and the way the tines of the antlers appear to be glowing. Beautifully done... TFS.
- eqshannon (31141)
- [2008-10-14 19:00]
I am impressed with your ability to adapt to special light situations, this being a good example of just that...You handle them well in full contrast and low light....and then in a special lighting which is your special drawer....you are , if you could add an editorial part (*I don't think you feel as though you do this well but you have the mind)...anyway if you added that editorial part then you come across as an all around, do anything asked photographer....but having said that, it is your special love for certain situations and special lighting and the romantic in you, the poetry of images,,,,that is what makes you so very good!
- pankajbajpai (16627)
- [2008-10-14 21:26]
what a fine shot, our landscaper is a complete photographer and this image proves my point, excellent pose, well composed shot,
tfs & regards
- rcrick (68)
- [2008-10-14 22:13]
This is a very impressive shot of a beautiful Stag. That is one amazing pair of Antlers, stunning colours and detail, really like the way you've isolated him with the narrow d.o.f, great shot, all the best,
Cheers Rick :)
- Alex99 (23735)
- [2008-10-14 22:56]
What an impressive specimen you have picture. And scene is so wonderful. Darks and colour palette are unique and fine. POV and composition of the shot, DOF and details of the main subject are great too. My compliments and TFS.
- clnaef (6814)
- [2008-10-14 23:35]
Bel animal qui ressort bien dans ce décor de rêve.
- LordPotty (12503)
- [2008-10-15 0:07]
Great to see there are still impressive wild creatures like this in England.
This is a fantastic capture.
A brilliant exposure with good colour saturation and excellent detail.
- Vinster (789)
- [2008-10-15 3:05]
That is one BIG stag! On Friday I saw another one in the New Forest with '12 reasons' but this one is definitely the Daddy ;p I definitely would not want to get too close to this one as it was scary enough nearly being hit by Fallow Deer a few days ago (it wasn't charging me, just hadn't seen me).
You've done really well with the low light levels, it's still a very impressive shot and captures the feel of the typical New Forest heath/wood mix of landscape.
- gondox (1585)
- [2008-10-15 5:16]
Looks like your work is going in a new direction since I was absent on TN, and it seems you're doing very well in this too! That's a wonderful shot of the deer...
I've got so little time nowadays too but I hope we'll see each other's work again soon, and TFS!
- joey (24909)
- [2008-10-15 13:06]
what a great shot of this impressive stag.
I love the composition.
Nice colours and soft light.
- gannu (14761)
- [2008-10-15 21:00]
Hello Paul, Very nice shot and I was wondering what kind of caption it is. Well I am sure everyone would like to have a safe distance. Well done Ganesh hope to see you regularly now. Ganesh
- Juyona (16891)
- [2008-10-16 0:17]
bella captura, escenario, pov y bg
buen control de la luz...
- fragman (43778)
- [2008-10-17 6:18]
beautiful-majestic, TFS Ori
- PeterZ (49139)
- [2008-10-17 8:28]
Very impressive photo in very beautiful light and colours. Great sharpness for a hand-held photo with a 500 mm lens. Excellent timing an composition. Nice and exciting eye-contact.
- cataclysta (5666)
- [2008-10-17 10:32]
Great photo and interesting story in your note. It great to see this magnificent deer. I like it very much
- Royaldevon (4229)
- [2008-10-17 13:27]
Under very difficult circumstances, you have produced a remarkable shot of this magnifucent, proud stag.
The colours are deeply saturated and that seems to add majesty to the shot. The images are sharp and what an interesting, natural b/g.
Could the personal project be a book?
- SunToucher (11162)
- [2008-10-20 4:02]
I thought you were going to meet in Richmond Park a few weeks back so I was expecting this one to be from London. But it seems that there are more spots to easely capture the rut season.
You really captured this one in a majestic pose. His antlers are very impressive and I can only imagine what he is able to do with them. I love the overall dark mood in this photo.
- Evelynn (14454)
- [2008-10-20 14:09]
I love the richness of this image Paul. All the horizontal bands of color tied together by the stag is very effective. I love the white antler tips... looks like he's sharpened them up for use on a careless photographer. It is a lovely shot and the quality is amazingly good for a relatively slow shutter and a potentially moving animal.
Evelynn : )
- Adanac (21378)
- [2008-10-20 18:45]
Been there, done that it is not FUN. Splendid image of this regal looking stag. Great work my friend.
- SelenE (13972)
- [2008-10-24 2:28]
That's a beautiful photo. Layes and colors look great. I like the composition, the expression you captured and the scenery a lot. Very well done and TFS
Have a nice weekend,