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One from very early O'Clock today at Bushy Park. Very cold temperatures and fortunately this Stag was a bit hot under the collar after defending his harem and thus heavily breathing hot air into the cold of morning aided with a very good sunrise from his right and from behind to show it all. Good planning and positioning expecting this and some fast moving after spending 30 minutes watching a Kingfisher close by.
Many thanks for the CC's on the recent Bushy uploads, really appreciated.

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 5D MkIII
Lens:Sigma 800mm F5.6 EX DG HSM
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:27 Oct 2012 - 7:51 AM
Focal Length:800mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.7
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/250sec
Exposure Comp:+1/3
ISO:800
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Custom
Title:Hot under the collar
Username:MossyOak MossyOak
Uploaded:27 Oct 2012 - 2:10 PM
Tags:Bacon Sandwiches, Bushy park, Chilly, Coffee, Cold, Morning, Red deer, Rutting, Stag, Sunrise, Wildlife / nature
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ali63
ali63 e2 Member 2474 forum postsali63 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
27 Oct 2012 - 2:12 PM

Well taken, great shot.
Ali

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christinecilia
christinecilia e2 Member 2christinecilia vcard England
27 Oct 2012 - 2:14 PM

love it great shot. christineGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

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johnjo58
johnjo58 e2 Member 4johnjo58 vcard United Kingdom5 Constructive Critique Points
27 Oct 2012 - 2:22 PM

Great shot Richard, great steamy breath
David

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rontodd
rontodd  5 Northern Ireland
27 Oct 2012 - 2:26 PM

i think you could make a little bit more of this shot, there is a little bit of light showing
to the side and directly behind, i think with a little bit of photoshop dodging and burning
you could have yourself a really nice picture indeed,the breath condensing in the cool air
is really nice...well seen

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Kingfisher8
27 Oct 2012 - 2:30 PM

Lovely capture well done.

Keith.

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MossyOak
MossyOak  2 England15 Constructive Critique Points
27 Oct 2012 - 2:32 PM


Quote: I think you could make a little bit more of this shot, there is a little bit of light showing
to the side and directly behind, i think with a little bit of photoshop dodging and burning
you could have yourself a really nice picture indeed,the breath condensing in the cool air
is really nice...well seen

Thankyou Ron, but if you read my narrative it explains that is what I was after with a slight rim light and positioning to show the breath which unless it is backlit does not show half as good.Wink

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cabmanstu
cabmanstu  2 United Kingdom
27 Oct 2012 - 2:59 PM

Fabulous capture..... nice work !

Stu.

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M_squared
M_squared e2 Member 3M_squared vcard United Kingdom
27 Oct 2012 - 3:02 PM

Outstanding!

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EMJAYCEE
EMJAYCEE e2 Member 5EMJAYCEE vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
27 Oct 2012 - 3:50 PM

Top class.

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johnjones
johnjones  5 England
27 Oct 2012 - 4:18 PM

Excellent shot.
jj

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longhoss
longhoss e2 Member 4longhoss vcard United Kingdom
27 Oct 2012 - 5:48 PM

Superb image Richard
Glyn

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andy p
andy p  10
27 Oct 2012 - 6:39 PM

This nature photo belongs in a sportsman's calendar......great capture.

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Mike_S
Mike_S  3 United Kingdom
27 Oct 2012 - 7:12 PM

What a great shot Richard.
Mike.

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Maiwand
Maiwand e2 Member 7Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
27 Oct 2012 - 7:16 PM

Timed to perfection Richard. A lovely shot; and what a pleasure to see some light instead of all the foggy mornings of late.
Ron

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DerekL
DerekL e2 Member 9107 forum postsDerekL vcard England23 Constructive Critique Points
27 Oct 2012 - 7:22 PM

Great image Richard.
Like the back lighting effect on the breath.

Derek

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Louise_Morris
Louise_Morris e2 Member 42390 forum postsLouise_Morris vcard England
27 Oct 2012 - 8:23 PM

Looks like you have put the 5 (or 6!!) P's to extremely good use here. Excellent shot - love the lighting and the breath is the WOW factor to this one IMHO. Another cracker from your good self! Lou

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pluckyfilly
pluckyfilly e2 Member 8283 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
27 Oct 2012 - 8:52 PM

Excellent work Richard love it

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justin c
justin c  104528 forum posts England36 Constructive Critique Points
28 Oct 2012 - 10:24 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

A good atmospheric shot with the backlit breath and early morning sunlight. I think a lower viewpoint would have worked better here, not only in giving a more intimate view of the stag, but also it would have eliminated the visible path in the background, which is often half the battle at Bushy Park.

Last Modified By justin c at 28 Oct 2012 - 10:25 AM

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teocali
teocali e2 Member 6235 forum poststeocali vcard England18 Constructive Critique Points
28 Oct 2012 - 11:03 AM

Superbly timed and taken to catch that dramatic "breath" moment, Richard. Lovely colours in the natural bracken environment.
Sylvia

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sparrowhawk
sparrowhawk e2 Member 5268 forum postssparrowhawk vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
28 Oct 2012 - 3:06 PM

shows real drama stunning shot

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