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Sunrise Muley for Mario

Sunrise Muley for Mario
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Copyright: Rick Price (Adanac) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-07-15
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 5D MKII, Canon 100-400/4.5-5.6L IS
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/800 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite wild animal photos 2, National Parks of Canada [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-02-27 16:16
Viewed: 3645
Favorites: 4 [view]
Points: 60
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hi All,
I would like to dedicate this image to Mario aka Oscarromulus for his work here on TrekNature. Mario anytime your in Medicine Hat we should get together we sure don't live far from each other.

This Mule buck was captured at sunrise in Waterton Lakes National Park my second home. This image shows the velvet which supplies blood to the growing antlers.

Antler growth begins in the spring. Antlers are a true bone, covered with "velvet," a soft, skin-like tissue that carries nourishment and calcium for the rapidly growing antlers. Full growth is attained in late summer with the tines forking into a series of Y's and rising above the head. After the antler growth is completed, the blood-supplying velvet is no longer needed and begins to fall or get rubbed off. This leaves the antlers shiny and hard. Late each winter the antlers fall off, and with spring, the growth cycle begins again.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2010-02-27 16:47]

This is glorious, Rick.
The light on this buck is amazing.
A perfect pose.
Incredible details showing the texture of the velvet on the antlers,
not to mention a beautiful composition.
TFS. : )

Fantastic photo Rick. Lighting is perfect and well captured. So many details and a well composed scene really make this one stand out. TFS.

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  • Athila Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 239 N: 493] (1982)
  • [2010-02-27 19:51]

Bonsoir Rick

Splendid shot. Good technic (exposure and focus). A very well balanced composition with a nice depth in the image. The ideal POV presente the animal in its environement. Excellent picture and TFS.


Wow, fantastic Rick!
Looks like National Geographic quality to me. It reminds me of the cinematography you see in a movie. Awesome detail, colour and composition. This is a nice dedication to Mario.
TFS Janice

nice portrait, TFS Ori

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-02-27 22:44]

Hello Rick,
A beautiful capture of a Mule Buck in velvet! The setting, surise lighting and mountainous BG not only contribute to a fine portrait of this buck but gives us an impression of what a beautiful place the Waterton Lakes NP must be!
You live in a beautiful part of the world Rick!
Thanks and best regards,

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-02-27 22:49]

Hi Rick,
thanks for liking my flower shot. As for this buck, it is such a splendid capture. This is not to mention the effort of getting to the location, such a lovely place.
The sharpness and the view is sexcellent, surroundings well detailed and the park is such an asset.
You composed it very well with mountains at the back and the trees and plants on the foreground.
Well presented nature shot.


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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-02-27 22:59]

Hello Rick
Amazing capture with wonderful colors, good light, nice composition and excellent details
Regards and have a nice Sunday

Hello Rick,

This is beautiful image of the mammal, lovely lighting, wish you could give little leg space at the bottom , good one though.tfs

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2010-02-27 23:56]

Hi Rick

Wow - this one almost jumps out of the screen - excellent sharpness, detail and light here.

Best wishes


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-02-28 0:32]

Hello Rick,
excellent close up shot and very good
composition of this Mule buck.Very nice pov with superb colours.Well presented pose
Well done my friend!Best regards Siggi

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  • izida Silver Star Critiquer [C: 47 W: 0 N: 0] (1232)
  • [2010-02-28 0:56]

Merhaba Rick
Muhtesem doga harikasi yaninda,guzel bir geyik..Kartpostal ve belgesel tadinda bir kare
Rengi ile etkiliyeci ayrica..

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-02-28 1:21]

Hi Rick,right dedication and wonderful pic...impressive composition,the choice of point of view was decisive....and the pic no need others comments..it talk alone!! My greats compliments,have a nice Sunday,Luciano

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-02-28 4:32]

Beautifully lighting for this buck and lovely background of mountains showing its habitat, lovely image. tfs.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-02-28 5:24]

Hello Rick,
What can I say? This is perfect in all aspects. A poster on the wall. High quality.

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-02-28 8:03]

Amazing capture this lovely mule!
A great gift for Mario!

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2010-02-28 9:18]

Hi Rick. I have to say this is a first class picture of this beautiful animal. The Mule buck stands out so well from the BG it looks like 3D. Taken with fine detail and such warm but still natural colours. Good use of the sun light. I like the mountains in the BG. well taken TFS.

Wonderful shot Rick. I love the hills as a backdrop. You really captured the shine on this guy as well. Very nice sunny shot. Trevor

Hello Rick
very beautiful scene of this Mule Buck captured with very sharp details, superb sunlight and natural colors
the green vegetation in the foreground and the mountains is the BG gives this image a higher dimension
tfs and have a good night

Hi dear Rick ,
What a nice work.
Splendid light and colours.
Excellent focus and sharpness.

A perfect shot

Kind regards

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2010-03-01 4:10]

Hola amigo,
sensational lighting,
superb colors and focus,
artistic bg. and good pov.

Hi Rick
incredible bg and just beautiful light

Hello Rick,
It looks like a paint- I think you had good light. This photo has fantastic colors, good details and beautiful landscape in the background.

hello my friend Rick,
splendid scene and moment with this beautiful background, colors and details are great!
"keep photographing!"

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2010-03-03 13:33]

Hi Rick
That is a beautiful capture.Excellent pov and very sharp image .The composition is excelent,nice to see those montain in the back.
That is a 3D image
TFS Michel

hello Rick

an excellent and very beautiful photo of the Mule Deer buck,
lovely POV and specially the framing with leaving a good space
in front to show us the beautiful scenery of the background,
fine focus sharpness and details, excellent contrast between
the background's cold and the foreground's warm colour tones,



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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2010-03-06 8:44]

Hola Rick.
WOW.. wonerful 3D!
What can I say. Just great prestent to Our firend Mario. He told me once "You sure put some magic in your morning coffee" and thats what You did here Rick.
TFS. and have a nice WE. Glad Bob is doing better each time. Please let Us know how he is doing.
Luis Leal

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2010-03-06 9:54]

Hi Rick.
What a fantastic image. I love it. Pictured scene is breathtaking as well as quality of the shot. Nicely detailed BG decorate the main subjects (splendid animal) superbly. My congratulations and many thanks for such masterpiece.

Hi Rick,
I missed this magnificent shot when You posted. This is simply unbelievable. Fantastic lights, sharpness, colors, composition, details, POV, fantastic everything... Ah, needless to say more: into my favorites immediately. Above all, a heartfelt dedication to Mario, with such a brilliant photo. Bravo Rick.
Tfs, friendly regards, László

How can I thank you enough for this most lovely BOUNTY???
Incredibly OUTSTANDING!!! Have seen them this beautiful only in the MOVIES. You are an ACE photographer.
Highly educative notes too.
Yes, I hope we will meet. Soon.
My mother-in-law is terminally ill at the Agape Hospice; hence our travelling days have been voluntarily curtailed.
This Sunday was shooting the Dipper again.... wished sooooo much your presence!!!!
Cheers from forever grateful Mario.

Bonjour Rick
Belle capture et superbe composition avec de superbes couleurs .Il est beau a voir ce Mâle avec son panache plein de velour .
Bien cordialement ...JP

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