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One For Each Year

One For Each Year
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Copyright: Paul Haynes (PaulH) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-01-17
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Sigma EF 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 APO DG Macro, 55mm UV Filter
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite wild animal photos [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-01-19 10:47
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Well, it appears i've been part of this great site for 3 years now! Time flies when you're having fun eh?
It if was wasn't for TrekNature, i don't think i would have developed the patience i now have for observing wild animals in their natural environment. Where i used to love just walking as far as i could and observing and recording the geography of an environment, i now take much more notice of the things that live in it and am even able to identify some of them too!
This is mostly due to what i have learnt here and the incentive you have all given me to find out more for myself, so thanks.
This then, is part of a herd of Sika Deer Stags i found hiding amongst some heather at Arne Nature Reserve, on the shores of Poole Harbour. Male and female Deer live in seperate groups most of the year, and this group of fellas were keeping themselves well away from the dog walkers and birdwatchers who were seemingly everywhere at the weekend. Some careful downwind stalking (i am now also an expert tracker ;o) let me get close enough to get some reasonable shots.

thanks for looking, as always :o)

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Hola Paul,
aparte de la buena pose de estos mamíferos, destacaría una preciosa luz lateral, al menos así me lo parece. La composición también está muy lograda. Buen juego de colores marrones y ocres. Un trabajo prescioso.
Saludos: Josep Ignasi.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-01-19 10:56]

Hi Paul. Congratulations for 3 years on TN and thanks to you for showing me the site . This is a very good close up of the Deer. You must have been close to have taken this with a 70 - 300 lens. I do like the pose with all of them looking at you yet we can still see the white rear ends. with good detail and natural colours. well done TFS.

hello Paul

soon i am celebrating my second TN anniversary (in april)
and i already have the image for that, 2 mallards
in symmetrical flight, and i was telling myself i have to
do a photo of 3 subjects (bird or animal)
for my 3th anniversary next year

and you, you did it, bravo, and what a lovely photo
of Sika Deers shot with fine POV, i love the detailed
background to show their habitat, sharpness and details
are excellent and their eye-contact lovely, TFS

Happy 3th TN Anniversary


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-01-19 11:17]

Hello Paul,
What a wonderful photo to celibrate your 3 years on TN. Congratulations. Fantastic colours and sharpness, even with details in the darkest parts. Great poses and a very pleasant composition. Up to the next 3 years!

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2009-01-19 11:19]

Hi Paul

Well it seems you've been spotted, mr. tracker :)) They've discovered your location and looking straight at you...which, of course, worked out to your advantage again since it gives you a triple eye-contact to further enhance this amazing shot ;)

Happy TN day, mate and i hope we'll all be here to celebrate you on much more occasions like this!
This is an excellent photo to share and express this moment with - the stags here look amazing...and they happened to be 3, huh? :))
I simply love the light here! That low, partially diffused sunlight makes them stand out even better and increases the natural contrast of the scene so nicely. This way, their head with those beautiful anthers are superbly visible and perfectly isolated from the BG.
The sharpness is also great and shallow DOF ensured you have the right amount of blur for the FG vegetation and BG elements, too.
Overall: a splendid shot, with gorgeous natural colors and a lovely composition.

BRAVO, TFS and again Happy TN-day!

PS: if you're still thinking of coming to our TN meeting, we'd love to hear your preference on location and timing :) Just a reminder for the forum thread.

Hi Paul,

congratulations of beiing three years part of thr TN family.
Very good shot and pov on these Deers.
Beautiful colours.
Maybe I go this year for the second time to south England.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-01-19 12:28]

Hello Paul,
Congratulations on your 3rd Anniversary! These proud looking Sika Deer are just right for the occasion! A superb capture with all three watching you. Lovely light and colours and very fine sharpness too. Your contributions here are worth gold - keep it up!
TFS and all the best wishes, Ulla

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-01-19 12:56]

Three Years Paul!
I didn't realise you had been on this site so long. Well your shot marking the occasion is a real beauty, the antlers of these three Sika deer glistening against the dark BG in a great composition. Their poses and your POV are also superb.
Thanks for delighting us with so many images including this one.
All the best,

Hi Paul,
A great capture of these three Stags.
Very well exposed showing us good detail in the coats as well as good light on the antlers.
Congrats on reaching the 3 year milestone.
Cheers & TFS

Hi Paul,
Magnificent picture with this 3 D. Stags!
So good the poses got, besides the eye contact from all of them.
Beautiful light, proper focus and fine details all around.
You couldn't have chosen any better picture to commemorate each of the years spent here in TN.
My compliments both for the picture and for your annoversary here.
Best regards,

Mükemmel türler.
En güzel dileklerimle,

great triplet, TFS Ori

Hi Paul,
Congratulations for 3 years! This picture shows that you have become a very good nature photographer. Excellent presentation of these magnificant Sika Deer stags; great POV and composition, sharp fine details, warm natural colours.

Beautifully lit antlers in this image on a trio of attentive deer. Congratulations on your 3 years here. Patience pays off handsomely... :)



Forgive the quick comment - I am somewhat out of time...but...
Congratulations on your 3 years as a TN member. Your work, especially the beautiful landscapes make a great addition to TN. I for one can look at them and think that maybe someday, I'll be able to master landscape photography as well as you have. For now though, I get to enjoy looking at your pictures. Great work and TFS. Wishing you another 3 years (and more) of TN'ing.
BTW - that's an awesome shot to celebrate with - excellent poses!

Best Regards,


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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2009-01-19 21:17]

Hello Paul,

Congratulations for the three years on TN! I wish you many more to come. The photo you have chosen to celebrate this mile stone is very good. You have captured the animals in a very fine position. You have had a good light and you have used it well getting very nice saturated but naturaly looking colors. The sharpnes of the image is excelent showing the animals in great details.


Hi Paul,
beautiful shot, very impressive.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2009-01-20 3:47]

Hola amigo,
exquisita foto y tonos.
selecto pov y gradable composición...
Felicidades Paul. :))

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-01-20 5:43]

Hello Paul,
We also are have fun watching this magnificent picture of this Stag trio.
Funny picture, really well composed. I must say that this three had the good taste to display very artistically, allowing you a good shot :-)
No, Congratulatins for three years of presence on this site, giving us the opportunity to see so much of your native region.
Un grand merci

Wow times flies Paul....You have captured the enduring spirit here in your image...which makes a fine almost marking point dedicational image....so then...next year shall it be four?!

Excellent - I love the colours, but the best of all is the composition. REally good shot with eye contact too
Well done

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2009-01-22 12:24]

Hi Paul!

Your picture is as impressive as it is beautiful! The atmosphere is superb, the effect of the bright horns contrasting with the dark brown tones is magnificent. And the deers are so beautiful and powerful, also majestic!

Kind regards


Hello Paul,
This is a very beautiful capture with an amazing nice lignting.
This light give an enchanting atmosphere.
Very well done
Best regards

Hello Paul,
Great shot, fantastic poses, superb sharpness,
depth of field and clarity, beautiful colors and
lovely natural surroundings.

Hi Paul,
A nice capture of this herd of Sika deers. Superb sharp details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Congrats, mate!Yes, time does fly, and how!
Superb shot, even by your high standards, Paul!
Very well done!

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  • Goca Silver Star Critiquer [C: 12 W: 0 N: 8] (90)
  • [2009-02-02 9:41]

Hello Paul,
your photo shows a great beauty of this amazing animals.
Well done!


hi paul!
very beautiful picture in a nice lightning!
good work!

Hi Paul,
Fantastic image to celebrate Your 3rd anniversary here (although I'm a bit late with my wishes), sharpness, composition and colors are top class each. I especially like their pose as they just heard or noticed You. Beautiful eye contact, excellent exposure, and the "button" - well, not Jenson :) - was pushed in the best second. Bravo, and of course tfs this fabulous job.
Best regards from Hungary (Central Europe), László

Hello Paul-Outstanding Work!Excellent details and clarity.regards-Srikumar

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