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Young Male

Young Male
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Copyright: Joe Kellard (joey) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-10-11
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 400D (Rebel XTi), Canon EF 100-400mm L IS USM, Digital ISO-800, Hoya 77mm UV Filter
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/2000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-12-04 1:16
Viewed: 3336
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Here's one of the young male Red Deer at Richmond Park.
Me and my Dad were walking towards a bench when all of a sudden this deer popped his head up from some ferns and then two more appeared! After that we were rewarded with a rut as two of them tried to prove that they were more powerful than the other. Sadly all the shots I got of the rut had cyclists in the BG so aren't suitable for TN... that happened the first time I went to Richmond too... but unstead of cyclists there were people in the BG :-(

Anyway, I hope you like this one :-)

The Red Deer (Cervus elaphus) is one of the largest deer species. The Red Deer inhabits most of Europe, the Caucasus Mountains region, Asia Minor and parts of western and central Asia. It also inhabits the Atlas Mountains region between Algeria and Tunisia in northwestern Africa, being the only species of deer to inhabit Africa. Red Deer have been introduced to other areas including Australia, New Zealand and Argentina. In many parts of the world the meat (venison) from Red Deer is widely used as a food source.

Red Deer are ruminants, characterized by an even number of toes, and a four-chambered stomach. Recent DNA evidence indicates that the Red Deer (Cervus elaphus) and the East Asian and North American Elk (Wapiti) (Cervus canadensis) represent two distinct species. They also hint at an additional primordial subgroup of Central Asian Red Deer[1]. The ancestor of all Red Deer probably originated in Central Asia and likely resembled Sika Deer.[2]

Although at one time Red Deer were rare in some areas, they were never close to extinction. Reintroduction and conservation efforts, especially in the United Kingdom, have resulted in an increase of Red Deer populations, while other areas, such as North Africa, have continued to show a population decline.


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Hi Joe
Beautiful portrait. Great eye contact, fantastic saturated colors, perfect sharpness and great blured background Nothing to critique ;-) Very good job
Best wishes

Joe merhaba,çokçok güzel bir portre.Harika bir ışık var,tertemiz arkaplan ile süper olmuş :)

Nice light and rich golden tones on this young stag Joe.
I like the way you've framed it.
Nice work.

G'day Joe
Firstly a great shot, I really like the blurred fern in the lower section.
Nice POV, Focus, Saturation.
I dont know if you have ever tried vennison but the flavour we get here in Australia is more gamey than European Venison.
Less harmfull to the environment and much better for you than eating beef. Although it is regarded as a pest here in Australia and NZ.
TFS Paul

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-12-04 5:18]

Hi Joe,
That's a very nice portrait. I like the eye contact and expression you captured. Also setting is very good too. TFS
Best wishes,

dear joe,what a lovely shot of this deer in the sun. i love the warm colors. very nice. tfs.

Hi Joe

Wonderful shot. Perfect sharpness and beautiful colours. I also like the composition very much as the green leaves (I suppose) on the bottom of the picture give wonderful frame for the deer.

Thanks for sharing

This one has the gritty reality to it...truly a sportsman's image...awareness caught in it's eyes...paying close attention...so no false starts..I feel as though it could jump quickly out of harms way...Well seen among the greenery!

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-12-04 9:33]

Hello Joe,
Great capture, beautiful warm colours, Excelent composition and details. Your lighting is great. very good details and great pose.Very well done.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-12-04 10:13]

Hello Joe,
Today I'm two years on TN now. In this time I was frequently surprised by the high quality of your photos. I think you are one of the most talented members here on TN. Thanks for all the splendid images you participate with us.
This is such an great example. Excellent in all aspects of photography.
Kind regards,

Hello Joe,
Amazing portrait with a so beautiful light. Everthing is perfect: sharpness, details, glance, background... Congratulations!

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-12-04 12:19]

Hi Joe,

A beautiful, beautiful portrait. It surely looks as though this Red Deer sat for you as you painted his picture. The colors are magnificent. Fantastic details of the whole face - eyes, nose, ears, antlers. I don't know how you got that effect on the neck but it is splendid. Perfect background and framed as an oil painting of a deer should be.


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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-12-04 12:21]

Hi Joe

What a great shot! Beautifully detailed and sharp. It looks like we both have posted head shots of deer rising through the ferns. You seem to have some lovely light here and your DOF is spot on. Great work



Wowww... what a great portrait capture of a young red deer Joe!
i love its facial expression. It noticed anf following you:).
Well done OwlMan! Great job!


Ciao joe, fantastic portrait of superb creature, splendid cocus and great blurry BG, I like a lot warm colors and fine details, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hi Joe,

nice portrait picture of this deer.
You have here good eye contact.
Very good dof etc.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-12-04 23:13]

Hello Joe,
Fine close portrait of a young Red Deer buck. The pose, frontal POV, lighting and contrasting BG are excellent and the blurred green vegetation at the base gives the portait a fine touch.
TFS this beauty,

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-12-04 23:25]

Hi Joe

Great pose with excellent detail and lovely colour.


Hello Joe

A lovely portrait of this Red Deer.
The eye contact is very good.
Lovely lighting has provided excellent illumination and colour.
Well placed in the frame.
It sounded like a good day.


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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-12-05 22:03]
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Hello Joe, My friend. Missed many of your shots and was preoccupied. You are doing a wonderful job and hope your studies are going fine also. Lovely shot and view. The OOF on the bottom is slightly spoiling the show. I can not join in the TN meet hopefully we can do some sort of Video Conference or Audio from here. Ganesh

Hi Joe,
mighty fine looking is this capture and you must of been pleased when you got home to view on your computer's monitor.I too know what it is like to have something or someone in the background spoil my photos but that is how it goes when one takes photos in places where people frequent.The light in this photo looks very good as the low angle of the sun adds a nice saturation to the colours and for a sudden pop up of the dear,you have excellent focus and details.Fast on the shutter but well prepared and as a result a fine looking photo was had by you.Thanks for giving us a opportunity to view this wonderful red deer. Bob

Buen retrato, y más desde la distancia que supongo que hiciste la toma. nteresante tratamiento del color y buen encuadre.
Saludos: Josep Ignasi.

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