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Three of a kind

Three of a kind
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Copyright: Niek Bouwen (SunToucher) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2385 W: 237 N: 3033] (11162)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-06-29
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Canon 70-200mm f/4L USM
Exposure: f/4, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Summer vacation 2009: USA
Theme(s): Mammals of the USA [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-08-30 3:07
Viewed: 4280
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
No, this is not a cloned photo, these ladies were just looking at me at the same time in almost the same pose.

I've read these horor stories of wildlife photographers hiding for hours to just get a glimps of a wild animal. That is certainly not something how I would like the spent my day. I rather wait for a few days to get the perfect situation to make a landscape photo. This wildlife photo was taken from the comfort of the deck of our cabin at the Gahr Farm. I was just relaxing from a day of sightseeing when the all appeared.

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Hello Niek,
A beautiful way to capture three.
Must have been a great pleasure.
I actually jealous of you.
Hand your health.
Congratulations ...

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-08-30 6:35]

Hello Niek,
How wonderful to be able to take such a shot of three deer in their natural environment when you least expect it!
The lighting is just right and the trees provise a fine natural BG.
Thanks and best regards,

Hello Niek,

Fantastic picture.
Lighting and definition are superb.
Colours,sharpness and composition are splendid.

Hallo Niek,

inderdaad het wachten waard.
Mooi overzicht mert deze 3 hindes die je in de gaten hebben.
Prachtige kleuren.


Well I'd say these ladies saw a handsome young man observing them and just had to pose for him!
It is amusing how elk and deer, if they don't run off immediately, will just stand and stare at you. This reminds me of a long ago post of mine (http://www.treknature.com/viewphotos.php?l=3&p=124510) I named it "Now... look at the camera"

Though this was taken not far from my home, I have to admit we rarely see elk. It is because there is so little public land. Being that you were on a farm/nature reserve you had some interesting sightings...from the front deck yet : P

It is a nice capture with a medium range lens. It's interesting that shooting f/4 from a distance gives quite deep focus. The color and tonal values look very good.

Evelynn : )

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2009-08-31 4:38]

Hi Niek

Hehe...indeed three of the exact same kind :)
This is really a capture where timing was of the essence. Without it, i think this would be just a simple shot of an elk from far away, but now with it, their mirror pose compensates for your limited zoom and gives a great impression of the herd and how things work in it.
The colors are very nice as well and show how nice they blend in the environment and that time of day is also great, saturating the tones nicely.
Last but not least, one usually forgets about composition in such cases, but not you: the "ladies" are positioned very well at 1/3 of the height of the frame and the crop from the vertical gives a lovely wider feel for the scene.
Lovely work, my friend!

Bravo and TFS

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2009-08-31 5:17]

Hi Niek

A lovely pose - an exciting moment when they lift their heads simultaneously.


Hello Niek.

Amazing photography from those three ladies looking at you. You have catched a very nice moment of the life in the land. Congratulations.

Hope to see you soon on treknature for other pictures.

All the best.


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