Red Deer pictures from the UK (8 pics)

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  1. Silverpenguin

    Silverpenguin TPF Noob!

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    I went to Bushy Park yesterday to try and get some Red Deer pictures. For those of you who don't know Bushy Park its full of deer which, although captive in that they can't leave the park, roam around the several miles of fields and wooded area's. That said it can be tricky to get pictures sometimes as there are a few roads, walk ways and buildings here and there so you often find people or fences or cars off in the distance ruining an otherwise lovely shot. It really is the luck of the draw sometimes!

    I was hoping to get some action pics of the males fighting but the only fight that took place was after the sun had gone down when the light levels were way too low to do anything with.

    However I got a few nice shots, especially when the sun dropped very low in the sky.

    All taken with the D200 and 200-400 VR.

    First of all a Fallow Deer, there was a large group of them which ran past so I tried some slow shutter panning to get a sense of speed. Taken at 330mm and 1/90 second - this is actually one of my favourite pictures of the day.
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    The rest are all male Red Deer:

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    The next two were taken shooting right towards the sun, which I was doing on purpose to try and get a golden coloured look to the shots. I like these but there is something about them doesn't completely work for me, just not sure what it is (I think maybe a boost to the contrast to darken things up a tad more):

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    Same again but not looking directly towards the sun, so the colours a little softer.

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    The last two were taken just before the sun went down, I really wanted to try and capture the beauty of the sunset and this lovely animals so decided to go for a sunset/deer shot all in one! I could see a couple of them ahead of me relaxing by a tree with a golden sun slowly dipping right behind them giving the whole scene superb light. It was one of those times when you just know there is potential for a good picture as you walk towards the scene!

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    This is my favourite shot of the day I think as its simple but also unusual and not the typical deer shot you would see. I was unsure of the sun being a distraction at first but because its not over exposed and harsh I think it does add to the picture now. I also like the way there is just enough highlight to the deers body and face to make it stand out from the dark foreground.

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    I hope you enjoy these as much as I enjoyed taking them.
     
  2. lostprophet

    lostprophet No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    WOW

    where is this park?
     
  3. Arch

    Arch Damn You! Staff Member Supporting Member

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    very nice series.... and very timely, just about sums up autumn over here (i learnt that from watching 'autumn watch' with bill oddy :mrgreen: )...... anyway, i like what you've done with some of these..... i agree with you 4&5 could do with some tweeking.... but you got great light in 2,3 and 6.

    The sunset ones are interesting too..... good shootin :thumbsup:
     
  4. Silverpenguin

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    lol, thanks!

    The park is near Teddington/Kingston. I think its surrey, although might still be classed as middlesex, I'm not really sure. Richmond Park is close by which is the same but MUCH bigger but that can make it hard to trac the deer down.

    Thank you both for your comments :)
     
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    Good work, 4,5 and 6 I really like the most as the light and comp give the picture a mood.
     
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    Tantalus TPF Noob!

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    Wow great series, I like 1,2 and 5.
     
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    That's a great series! The last two are especially breathtaking, but I really really like some of the earlier ones too. Thanks for sharing these!
     
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    my favourites:

    2nd, 3rd, 5th, 6th, 8th

    wow, that is more than 50% favourites .. that tells something ;)
     
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    chris82 TPF Noob!

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    That says it all.
     
  10. Corry

    Corry Flirtacious and Bodacious Supporting Member

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    Awesome series! Hard to pick a favorite! You got a lot of great shots...the silhoette (sp?) ones are pretty aweome.

    I haven't ever been able to get close enough to deer around here to get a decent shot.
     
  11. LaFoto

    LaFoto Just Corinna in real life Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Oh, you lucky one, to be getting so close to the deer!
    I try and try, and on moments I see much out there on the fields, I did not bring the telephoto lens... (see the_bottom_of_this_thread ).
    Very hard to pick a favourite, since the panning is incredible, and so are the into-the-light pics and the colours of the others!!!
     
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    I trip to said park is in the planning me thinks
     

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