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Catching the Rays

Catching the Rays
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Copyright: Karan Little (hester) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-11-10
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 350D / Digital Rebel XT, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 APO DG Macro
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Deer of the UK [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-11-30 14:29
Viewed: 4241
Favorites: 3 [view]
Points: 66
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I know I have posted a few of these but I can't resist them. This mature stag was catching the last of the sun's rays. Red deer are red-coloured in summer. This changes to greyish brown in winter. As you can see this stag still has his red coat. This is especially evident where the low sun is catching the coat.

Ignore the clock time from the camera - it wasn't 9.30 at night. It was taken in the early afternoon

jmp, wallhalla15, pvb, Alain_cdn, RAP, Hil, Pentaxfriend, blakitan, coasties, pablominto, horia, vanderschelden, wkshelton, Silvio2006, JORAPAVI, jcoowanitwong, jeanpaul, Signal-Womb, marmottelolo has marked this note useful
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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-11-30 14:34]

Hi Karan,
A masjestic pose, a phenomenal antlers and lovely colors both in the stag and grass.
TFS, José M.

Hello Karan,
this is a wonderful naturual shot.Fantastic Deer! Great POV, excellent sharpness, details and great colours. This is a great composition. Thank you for posting.

Hello Karan,

What a beautifull picture, simply stunning. TFS.


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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-11-30 16:09]

Imponente cornamenta muy bien retratada Karan con gran agudeza y suaves colores e iluminación.
Me gusta mucho el ángulo captado del animal con buenos detalles de su pelaje y cabeza, gracias al atinado foco y profundidad elegidos.
RAP ;~)

Imposing antlers very well depicted Karan with great sharpness and soft colors and illumination.
I like a lot the captured angle of the animal with good details of your coat and head, due to the accurate focus and chosen depth.
RAP ;~)

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2006-11-30 16:43]

Hi Karan.

Fabulous shot, lovely POV and composition with a great pose of the Stag sunbathing, the details are nice and sharp, lovely lighting and great colours tone's.

TFS Hilary :o)

Hi Karan,

exellent sharpness, compo, colours, POV and DOF

TFS Thijs

Hi Karan,
Excellent DoF, great sharpness and very fine details. Light was very well managed. Amazing colors. Very nicely composed picture.
Excellent shot.

Ben Lakitan

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-11-30 22:07]

Hello Karan,
what a beautiful animla and the pose is fabulous. This composition is excellent, great POV and very nice placement of your subject. Sharpness, colors and detailsa are great.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-11-30 22:50]

Hello Karan

A wonderful composition,the pose is great.I love the lighting and colours.A very good POV,and DOF.Great shot.TFS


Hi Karan

Beautiful colour tones and perfect composition. Thank you! :-)

Hello Karan,
A wonderful composition giving prominance to this majestic animal!
The deer really stands out against the bright blurry background...
Subject is captured with impressive details!
Pablo -

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2006-12-01 3:01]

Hi Karan,
In fact we cannot get enough of these pictures. Wondeful presentation of this majestic stag.
Nice light too.
best regards

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2006-12-01 3:36]

Hi Karan,
You captured the wow factor for me.
This is great, beatiful sharpness, colours, compo, light everything.
thank you very much.

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  • Oz1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 75 W: 2 N: 174] (1012)
  • [2006-12-01 5:22]

Hi Karan,
Beautifull image of true wildlife! I wish I had those in my area..
very accurate light,colors,details and lovely compo. great BG!!
well done and TFS!!

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-12-01 5:26]

Hi Karan

What an impressive pose! Splendid capture!
THe POV is excellent here, the details very nice and sharp, the DOF impecable and the composition gorgeous!
The great exposure gave you also these lovely colors and tones and the windy atmosphere there just makes the hair of this magnificent stag look alive (otherwise we could have thought is only a statue - that's how beautiful he is ;) )
Great work!
Bravo and TFS

Hi Karan,
I never get bored with your deer series. The are all of a very high quality and all are of beautiful momements. About the time. I am sure you forgot all about it when you photographed them.
Another few more weeks and you can use this lens again!

What's up? You already had your Christmas’s present??? LOL. I guess you could not resist or maybe I missed a part of your story about it ;) This is a GREAT shot! It doesn't seem to be taken at 9h30 PM, lol. I like this great sharpness, POV and composition. Congratulations!

Hi Karan,
This is a proud one; probably no girlfriends shortage ...
Nevertheless still has the time for a shooting session.
Lucky you;-)

Hello Karen, excellent work, great perfect composed and capture photo the antlers are just amazing on this big guy, excellent work

TFS Kyle


what a majestic looking animal,
great colors, dof, pov,


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  • volkan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 497 W: 10 N: 4] (2425)
  • [2006-12-01 11:09]

Hi Karan
Very crisp colors and details.
Nice POV.

Hi Karan majestic animal in wonderful pose, great sharpness, light and colors, well done, ciao Silvio

That is really quite a rack on this red deer! It's monumental! I like the light you captured on the antlers. It is a nice pose, well exposed with good sharpness and color.

Evelynn : )

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  • badar Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 106 W: 0 N: 160] (785)
  • [2006-12-02 8:00]

Hi Karan,
Nice photograph of an impressive animal, such alovely headdress.The composition draws you in.
Badruddin Ali

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2006-12-02 13:57]

wauw, great wild shot Karan,
this is a fantastic capture of this beautiful animal, good capture, great pov technical very good job.
gr. jaap

Perfect - Karan,
what a mighty animal - his horns must be very heavy. Also excellent light and sharpness, very well done, bye and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-12-02 16:03]

Excellente photo!
Bravo et merci.

Hi, Karan.
Nice and powerful animal. Colors of this shot are very nice and in balance. Sharp. Well composed and good pose.

Hello Karan,
Beautiful stag and picture. Composition, sharpness, exposure are great. Nice pose and natural surroundings to appreciate. TFS.

Bonjour Karan
Belle présentation et belle prise de vue avec ce joli mâle qui a un panache de toute beauté , les couleurs et la nettetée sont très bonnes, belle composition .
Au revoir et félicitation ....JP

Fabulous shot Karen, Love the composition and form. Great detail and well balanced exposure. Very well done.

bonjour karan
tu as vraiment de la chance d'avoir pu approcher suffisament de ce cerf pour en faire un tel cliché.moi j'ai tenté d'approcher des chevreuils mais pas assez pres.
merci pour le partage et bravo.

Beautiful pic.
beautiful colors and contrasts. Sharp details. Nice composition.
You must share the merit with the stag itself as this one is so beautiful. A nice subject is a good start in photography.

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