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Hi,

My favourite photographic subject is Roe deer and over the last five or six years I've spent literally thousands of hours watching them and trying to learn as much as I can about their behaviour and trying to pinpoint specific areas of their home range that they prefer to use depending on the time of year and the weather.
I've spent the most amount of time concentrating my efforts on following the life of one particular doe. Initially she was extremely wary, as Roe usually are, but over time and by patiently letting her know I'm there but that I present no danger, she has become very relaxed in my presence. So much so that I frequently have her graze, groom and even lie down whilst I sit quietly, often little more than fifty or sixty feet away.
A personal goal of mine was to photograph her in either snow or a hoar frost.
I finally had my oppurtunity earlier this week when the whole landscape was coated in a stunningly beautiful coating of thick frost.
I made my way to an area where I hoped she'd be, thankfully she was there, along with her seven month old fawn.
She accepted my presence and I was fortunate enough to spend an extremely enjoyable and satisfying hour photographing her and her fawn as they groomed themselves and grazed amongst the frost-coated heather.
This picture shows the fawn with his/her distinctive pale colured eyebrows.
When they're chewing I often like to fire off a small burst of two or three frame to see if I can capture an open-mouthed expression, hence the expression you see here.

Camera:Canon EOS 5D
Lens:Canon 500mm f4 & Canon 1.4X extender
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Roe fawn in frost.
Username:justin c justin c
Uploaded:12 Jan 2009 - 12:40 PM
Tags:Capreolus capreolus, Deer, Fawn, Frost, Frosty, Grazing, Hoar frost, Kid, Roe, Roe deer, Roe fawn, Wildlife / nature, Winter
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RAUL
RAUL  5 Italy
12 Jan 2009 - 12:40 PM

Excellent image.
Raul

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Shroomer
Shroomer  7 England167 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jan 2009 - 12:42 PM

My interest as well Justin, I was lucky last year to be able to get in and watch twin kids from birth. Great subjects and this you have shown brilliantly here with great eye contact and what a beaut frosty setting with the haw frost
Top capture
Richard

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12 Jan 2009 - 12:44 PM

stunning image.

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mrfields
mrfields  6 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2009 - 12:45 PM

great image and a interesting story. Glad u got ur frost.
Regards mrfields

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csurry
csurry  129230 forum posts92 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jan 2009 - 12:46 PM

Good shot Justin, the frost adds and extra dimension

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Coleslaw
Coleslaw e2 Member 913403 forum postsColeslaw vcard Wales28 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jan 2009 - 12:50 PM

^^ what she said.

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Skye24Blue
12 Jan 2009 - 12:56 PM

Beautiful!
Mac

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Anthony_Brawley
12 Jan 2009 - 12:57 PM

simply stunning, the hard work has paid off.

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jdenman
jdenman  6 Spain5 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jan 2009 - 1:01 PM

Excellent capture.
John

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Tom_Charles
12 Jan 2009 - 1:03 PM

Thats what its all about, Justin, investing time, patience, accepting disappointments and returning; getting to know your subjects and just waiting. Wildlife photography in the raw! Im sure you are truly satisfied when the results come in; the excitement and joy and beaming smiles (mostly whilst sat on your own) are indescribable; reward enough! This image is a beauty; has bags of atmosphere and is beautifully exposed. Nothing compares to the feeling of having something so wild connect with you. Full marks!

Tom

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Shane136  1163 forum posts United Kingdom
12 Jan 2009 - 1:09 PM

What a super shot

Shane

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rontear
rontear e2 Member 11rontear vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jan 2009 - 1:10 PM

Superb, have never seen a wild Roe deer ever. So privilaged Justin, all the effort worthwhile. Ron.

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NeilM e2 Member 7NeilM vcard England
12 Jan 2009 - 1:24 PM

well captured Justine.

Neil

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justin c
justin c  104519 forum posts England36 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jan 2009 - 1:24 PM

Thank you.

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konu
konu  631 forum posts United Kingdom
12 Jan 2009 - 1:54 PM

superb shot, strong light

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AnnS
AnnS  7 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jan 2009 - 2:29 PM

Beautiful. The story makes this all the more special. Thanks for all the effort involved and sharing with us.

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markharrop
markharrop  10191 forum posts England
12 Jan 2009 - 2:38 PM

Thank you for sharing this shot. Very interesting story.

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IngridVekemans
12 Jan 2009 - 3:36 PM

Beautiful - very sharp pic, great DOF.

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Maddie
Maddie  92714 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jan 2009 - 3:39 PM

gorgeous capture Justin.

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FredF
FredF  7 France
12 Jan 2009 - 3:55 PM

superb image.

Fred

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jayjay52
jayjay52  5 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2009 - 4:38 PM

Love this shot. Well done.
Jenny

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Philip_P e2 Member 971 forum postsPhilip_P vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jan 2009 - 4:58 PM

Lovely shot & story Justin
Phil

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ChazB e2 Member 964 forum postsChazB vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jan 2009 - 6:10 PM

A lovely capture with wonderful light and exposure.
Charlotte

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Paintman e2 Member 7851 forum postsPaintman vcard United Kingdom173 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jan 2009 - 6:15 PM

Superb capture and excellent light.

Alan.

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justin c
justin c  104519 forum posts England36 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jan 2009 - 6:16 PM

Thank you.

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proberts  10218 forum posts Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jan 2009 - 6:39 PM

Stunning capture Justin.
Andrew.

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justin c  104519 forum posts England36 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jan 2009 - 7:44 PM

Thanks Andrew.

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FeatherFriend e2 Member 625 forum postsFeatherFriend vcard England216 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jan 2009 - 8:40 PM

Beautiful photography from you since I last popped in Justin and this is no exception, just don't know how on earth I missed them despite having you in my favourites (some fav's seem to disappear after a while and can't work out why), far too many to comment on each but have left some clicks to try and catch up.
Regards,
Geoff. Smile

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justin c  104519 forum posts England36 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jan 2009 - 9:07 PM

Many thanks Geoff.

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arhb e2 Member 72220 forum postsarhb vcard United Kingdom68 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jan 2009 - 9:22 PM

A superb shot Justin, well worth the time and effort you have put in.

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discreetphoton Site Moderator 93452 forum postsdiscreetphoton vcard United Kingdom20 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jan 2009 - 11:43 PM

For me, this is near-perfect. I'd love to see it releasing a little breath. Can't have it all though, can you Wink
Cracking image Justin, and I really admire your perseverance, as the frost on the deer's back really says it all.
David.

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albi  1068 forum posts England1 Constructive Critique Points
13 Jan 2009 - 2:27 PM

Nice work Justin, glad all your hard work has paid off...

Tony

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Glostopcat e2 Member 8232 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
13 Jan 2009 - 10:00 PM

A beautiful image of this roe kid, love the eye contact and frosty surroundings

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14 Jan 2009 - 6:51 PM

I saw the doe shot on another site and thought it was worthy of comment simply because of the light.
This one is just as good but the light is quite different here, being illuminated more by the sun more than by just the frosty undergrowth.

Your Roe shots are always worth looking at and you obviously have a big passion for them.
Next thing to study about them is their nomenclature. Bucks, Does and Kids for roe. Fawns are for fallow

Cheers,
J

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justin c  104519 forum posts England36 Constructive Critique Points
14 Jan 2009 - 7:46 PM

Thanks John.

Yes the deer was high enough on the brow of the hill to catch a bit of early morning sun in this one.

Actually John a young Roe can be referred to as a fawn or a kid, if anything the term fawn is the most widely used.

Last Modified By justin c at 14 Jan 2009 - 7:51 PM

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justin c  104519 forum posts England36 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jan 2009 - 5:19 PM

Many thanks for the H.C. award, I've only just noticed that Smile

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SurreyHillsMan e2 Member 627 forum postsSurreyHillsMan vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
25 Jan 2009 - 7:52 AM

Superb capture Justin,.. a man after my own heart... love these animals.. well deserved HC

Jon

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tripodted e2 Member 930 forum poststripodted vcard Northern Ireland1 Constructive Critique Points
25 Jan 2009 - 9:28 PM

I love the way you have framed this shot with the out of focus foreground leading to the deer and the frosted foliage in pin sharp focus. The deer also stands out well against the out of focus background well too.
Congratulations on the HC.
Ted

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NigelBlake
28 Feb 2009 - 11:42 AM

Excellent Justin, perfectly placed in the frame and great depth to the shot with the OOF areas foreground and background. lovely.

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justin c  104519 forum posts England36 Constructive Critique Points
1 Mar 2009 - 1:46 PM

Thanks Jon, Ted and Nigel.

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