Wildlife, finally!

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  1. Digital Matt

    Digital Matt alter ego: Analog Matt

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    I finally saw some deer last night. I've been wanting to take some photos like this for so long. I wasn't expecting to see any, and I was caught off guard with my 85 1.8 on the cam. Had to make a quick change to the 70-200 f/4 + 1.4x TC. I managed to get a decent shot of this young buck, in the warm glow of a sunset.

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    This encounter made me realize that I really need a long prime, like a 300 2.8, and even then, that's just barely minimum focal length for true wildlife. They don't let ya get very close! :p
     
  2. Big Mike

    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Geez...is there anything that you don't photograph well? This is a great shot, the lighting does have that nice warm glow.

    So what were you shooting, out in the woods with an 85mm lens?
     
  3. Digital Matt

    Digital Matt alter ego: Analog Matt

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    Thanks Mike :)

    Hehe, well, I was hoping to get to this field of wildflowers, and shoot some macros with my 85 and extension tubes. I was walking briskly through the woods, not paying attention, with sticks breaking and leaves rustling beneath my feet. I stopped for a second, to adjust my backpack, and I still heard twigs breaking and leaves rustling. Then I noticed the a strong smell of musk, and I looked up to see this guy, and 4 others, about 30 yards away. Had to switch lenses rather quickly and quietly. :p

    Turns out the wildflowers hadn't come up yet anyway. I'm getting ancy here, waiting for Spring to finally spring.
     
  4. john3eblover

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    well its been so freaking cold in ohio lately...
     
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    Beauty! :thumbup:
     
  6. LaFoto

    LaFoto Just Corinna in real life Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Lovely. Lovely. Lovely.
    The colour is more than precious!
    How I wish I could take such kind of wildlife photo for once in my life. No matter how silent I go about things - they always run away from me.
     
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    If you're gonna shoot a deer, this is the best way to do it :)

    I love the colors and tones in this, you always manage to capture the perfect colors for everything really :) I also enjoy him starring you down. All the branches give a nice secluded feel to it. The only thing I'm not sure about is the frame...it definitely matches the shot, but I personally like the other frames you've created in the past. Great capture and timing! I can't wait til the flowers come either so that we get to see more of your shots :)
     
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    For having to compose in such an off-the-cuff manner, you ended up with great composition here, Matt. Love the way the branches are framing him, almost repeatedly in a subtle kind of way. What's great is you were able to get a clear view of his face, and he's looking right at you. :thumbup:

    Great job. :)
     
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    wonderful shot matt! good quick change! he looks well aware that you were there too!
     
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    very nice! :thumbup:
     
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    Gorgeous. The coloring is wonderful, and the composition a delight.

    Fantastic work.
     
  12. JohnMF

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    damn it matt, you must have some crap photos youve taken somewhere!

    Can't you post them so i can feel better about myself ;)
     

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