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Mule Deer

Mule Deer
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Copyright: Julie Wyatt (j_wyatt) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 142 W: 40 N: 211] (1235)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-02-11
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, 75-300mm f4-5.6
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/200 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Mammals of the USA [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-02-13 11:14
Viewed: 4211
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I saw a small group of 6 Mule Deer while I was walking through the Tom McCall Nature preserve, an issolated "park" teaming with wildlife and wildflowers.

The mule deer gets its name from its large mule-like ears, which usually are about one-quarter larger than those of the white-tailed deer. These ears help keep the deer on constant alert for signs of danger. Mulies have an obvious white rump patch and a small, rope-like white tail with a black tip. They shed their hair twice a year, producing a fine-textured tan to reddish-brown coat in summer and a coarser buff to gray in winter. Only the bucks grow antlers, which they shed each year after mating season. If you're driving through the Mid-Columbia Basin trying to spot mule deer, be on the lookout for the animal's characteristic high, stiff-legged bounce among the sagebrush. Mule deer can jump an 8-foot fence with ease, and it seems as if they are bounding on springs. This attribute enables the deer to see over vegetation and keep an eye on any approaching danger.

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To mrcrow: With my old Canon G2 I wouldj_wyatt 6 02-14 03:47
To aido: That is easy to do around our area,j_wyatt 1 02-13 12:06
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when i saw canon i just groaned and ticked two points...those lenses are doing a great job and you used to maximum advantage

wow....excellent shot.. very good done photo... regards:)

Great catch and nice photo. Well composed and sharp. Excellent use of DOF. Like the mountain silhouette background.

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-02-13 12:02]
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Hi Julie,
Nice catch, good compo and good DOF. I ran into (almost literally!) a herd of Mule Deer in Washington State very early one morning, a really majestic and beautiful animal.

hi julie
bravo pour cet animal tres bien capturé,les details sont bons et le netteté est la aussi,juste un peu de bruit sur le BG.

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  • mbasil Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 148 N: 745] (3320)
  • [2006-02-13 14:14]

Nicely done. I'm not sure the deer is a clear as it could be, though. Did you run it through a "sharpen" on your editing software? That might punch it up a bit for posting.

nice dof and good crop
nice photo

Wonderful photo, composition and technically wise! Thanks for sharing - Xplorator Radu

Belle position du sujet et belle luminositée. On pourait appliquer un "Unsharp Mask" pour plus de netteté( voir workshop)

Hi Julie,
Great pose of this Mule Deer. Nice colours and a very good background in which you can recognize the natural environment of the Deer. Very well done, compliments!
TFS and regards, Ruud

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-02-14 3:38]

Splendid capture of this mule deer, Julie. Great POV and sharp details. Nice DOF. TFS. : )

Hi Julie,
Very nice shot!
Excellent POV and great soft lighting,
the DOF works very well, nicely framed.
Thanks for sharing!

This is nice Julie. I like the way it is looking directly at you. Stands out well against the OOF BG. Good light, well composed and sharp. Thanks.

Hi Julie,
Great shot! This mule deer looks so sweet with its cute little face looking towards the camera. Lovely natural tones and composition. Well done!

Hello Julie, a very nice capture. Composition is great and good colours too. A good one, very well done. Thank you.

Very nice capture Julie. Nice colour and the eye contact brings it to life. Very dof too.
Good work!


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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-02-14 21:37]

Une superbe présentation,les détails sont bon et le Bg fait bien ressortir le sujet.

Merci Julie!


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  • optic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 322 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-03-12 19:54]

Hello Julie !
Fantastic shot, what a great photo... colours is great & light beautifull, very well composed.

Best regards,

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