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Family Portrait - Say Cheese!

Family Portrait - Say Cheese!
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Copyright: Derek Grant (PeakXV) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 121 W: 0 N: 544] (3135)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-02-05
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 650D, Canon 55-250mm EF-S 1:4-5,6 IS
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/2000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-02-06 21:04
Viewed: 1791
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Haha - White-tailed Deer will often stop and freeze when they see humans. And they really do freeze - they will not move a hair, a whisker, or even batt an eye - they become like statues, staring straight at you - waiting your next move and just hoping that you will move off in the opposite direction.

This tactic works well at dusk, dawn or after dark when light is low - as they blend into their environment and become very difficult to see.

But in direct sunlight, this ploy lends well for a photo op only .... and I've often felt like a portrait photographer when taking these well mannered/behaved animal's picture .... okay 3-2-1 'say cheese and smile'.

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Beautiful scene Derek! Beautiful photo too! Very good composition, wonderful colors and good sharpness.

Hi Derek,

Nice POV of these four white-tails. You caught the essence of a typical evening when they come out to feed along the tree-lines. The picture would have been better if you hadn't over saturated as shown in the "orange" areas on certain portions of their fur. TFS ... brings back lots of bow hunting memories.


Hi Derek
I like your note I think it is very accurate. We have lots of White-Tail at the lake. They are fun to watch. Beautiful colour in the golden hour. I really like the pose and your POV. It is like you set their position yourself. Very nice composition
Thanks for sharing
Best regards

Hi derek. Nice color combinations and avery pleasant sight..... Nitin

A very nice group of these deers in wonderfull evening light I presume?
The have discovered you as it seems!

Hello Derek

Fantastic composition. All elements just in the right place in the frame and with nice complimentary colours. The picture feels beautifully balanced to me overall.


Hi Derek,
really nice photo of these animals. Very sweet. Amazing colours and composition.
Thanks for sharing,

hallo derek
very nice picture with good light and beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-02-07 14:22]

Aahaha...in effect they seems in pose only for you and your camera,magnificent capture in this special warm light and whit great details too,you were lucky to have a meeting like this.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Ciao Derek, lovely portrait of cute family, all deer are seeing you, splendid light, excellent clarity and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Derek

Excellent timing to have then all together and
all having their glances on you, wit fine POV,
and lovely warm light, TFS


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