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Not quite solitary, actually (if you look carefully, especially in the large version, you can see that he was accompanied by another stag, lower down on the slope, to the right of the stag in front), but I just couldn't resist using an alliteration for the title. Smile

It was good to see my friend from November again, and this time he was kind enough to stay close for a while, which allowed me to shoot him without even changing lenses.

It was still Friday, the first day of the Rowardennan meet, and I hadn't even been to Rowardennan yet, but it was nice to end the day with a few shots of this beautiful animal. It's only since last year that I've been able to get some shots of wildlife, and since wild animals in my own country are rare - especially those of the four-legged kind, it impresses me greatly when I come across them.

Anyway - this was shot with my 10-20mm, using a grad filter (Cokin 121F [I didn't want a horizontal line on the stag], and on-board flash.

I removed some unwanted objects from the foreground, cropped a little off the bottom, and gave the image some very slight tweaks. I also put it through Noiseware, since the sky was quite noisy.

Versions: 1 is the Noiseware version, 2 is the post-processed version with the noise still in it, and 3 is the original.

Comments and mods welcome, as always!

Camera:Canon EOS 20D
Lens:Sigma 10-20
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Solitary Stag
Username:conrad conrad
Uploaded:12 Mar 2008 - 3:47 PM
Tags:Deer, Flash, Flash / lighting, Glencoe, Landscape / travel, Male, Red, Rowardennan, Rowardmar08, Scotland, Solitary, Stag, Wildlife, Wildlife / nature
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fishy2
fishy2  6
12 Mar 2008 - 4:00 PM

stunning shot.
jase.

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Simon-Gimson
12 Mar 2008 - 4:06 PM

this is amazing so stunning great work and colors
conrad



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PatrickSmith
12 Mar 2008 - 4:16 PM

The 10-20? Amazing! I'll go with #2.

Patrick

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SandyMiller
12 Mar 2008 - 4:23 PM

I love this. I especially like the way you have exposed it with the grad and fill flash. Excellent picture.

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Coleslaw
Coleslaw e2 Member 913403 forum postsColeslaw vcard Wales28 Constructive Critique Points
12 Mar 2008 - 4:23 PM

not bad at all.

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JouŠo
JouŠo  1056 forum posts Finland
12 Mar 2008 - 4:30 PM

major work!!

Jouko

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forestrich
12 Mar 2008 - 5:05 PM

Superb image. Great work.

Rich

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Tooth
Tooth  95772 forum posts Ireland227 Constructive Critique Points
12 Mar 2008 - 5:08 PM

Beautiful Conrad, I would have loved tio have been there..

Stephen

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KenTaylor
KenTaylor e2 Member 102980 forum postsKenTaylor vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
12 Mar 2008 - 5:35 PM

The chap from the mobile cafe feeds these two that no doubt attract custom for him. Not happy myself with the taming process by feeding that could suddenly stop for whatever reason. This is the boss who will attack if food is thrown to the younger one who keeps a distance at all times.
I was supposed to be at Rowardennan but several issues scuppered it.
I do have my annual trip in May though when I might say hello to this gent again.
Ken

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lonely_oryx e2 Member 661 forum postslonely_oryx vcard England54 Constructive Critique Points
12 Mar 2008 - 5:50 PM

Great light and background. Rather than cropping the road off and making the hooves near the bottom edge, as in #2, I would clone out the road with some of the moss

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Maddie
Maddie  92714 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
12 Mar 2008 - 5:55 PM

love it Smile

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12 Mar 2008 - 6:03 PM

Nice shots

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MrsS
MrsS  84527 forum posts England18 Constructive Critique Points
12 Mar 2008 - 6:09 PM

Love the light, Conrad, gr8 capture Smile

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rowarrior
rowarrior  64350 forum posts Scotland9 Constructive Critique Points
12 Mar 2008 - 6:28 PM

Great light on the stag, like how his antlers are the same shape as the valley between the hills behind him

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TrevorPlumbe e2 Member 860 forum postsTrevorPlumbe vcard England
12 Mar 2008 - 7:09 PM

Pleased to be no 30, great shot
Trevor

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MrsMad
MrsMad  7 United Kingdom
12 Mar 2008 - 8:29 PM

What a wonderful shot Conrad I like the way the flash has captured the light on his antlers.

However, after our trip to the Galapagos Islands I would not have used a flash as it was frowned upon there and in the Rain Forest. The reason being it could stress the animals etc.

Robbie

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conrad
conrad  1010877 forum posts116 Constructive Critique Points
12 Mar 2008 - 9:57 PM

Thanks, everyone!

Patrick, if I don't take the sky into consideration, I agree with your preference.

Stephen - Maybe I should have suggested you accompany me.

Ken - I know exactly what you mean, but what can you do. I, as a photographer, at least do what makes sense: I photograph the animal! Smile

John - Although I did crop, I did do the rest of what you suggest: obscure the kerb stones with moss and gravel. Maybe you'd want more foreground, but to me this is enough. I appreciate the suggestion, though.

Robbie - I can see the sense in not doing that there, or with animals of which you don't know if it might scare them, but this animal is so obviously used to it, that I didn't see the problem with using a flash. He's been photographed many, many times already, and many tourists have cameras with automatic flash. He doesn't blink or move when a flash goes off, he's quite comfortable with it. With any other animal I would have thought twice about using flash, but I knew it was okay in this case.

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KJackson
KJackson  7 England1 Constructive Critique Points
13 Mar 2008 - 11:26 AM

Version 2 for me Conrad, great shot
Karen

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conrad
conrad  1010877 forum posts116 Constructive Critique Points
13 Mar 2008 - 11:48 AM

Interesting, interesting. Another preference for 2.

Thanks, Karen!

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Richsr e2 Member 790 forum postsRichsr vcard England209 Constructive Critique Points
13 Mar 2008 - 4:04 PM

Like the details in this - well captured.
Regards Richard.

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conrad
conrad  1010877 forum posts116 Constructive Critique Points
13 Mar 2008 - 9:20 PM

Thanks, Richard!

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