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Hi all.

Whilst out with my friends (Mossyoak, Maiwand & Teocali) a few weeks ago Stag hunting, I had a moment of madness and got up close and personal with a Stag and a 105mm macro.

This particular Stag was obviously shattered from charging about bellowing for the females and decided the time had come to take a rest. I took the opportunity to drop down and close in slowly as I wanted to safely get close and feel the raw power of the beast. He permitted me to get close about 6 feet and capture him mid bellow; boy did he need a tic tac mint. Afterwards I backed off slowly and allowed him to rest in peace.

I chose this image to upload because of the low POV and the clarity showing the saliva string in his mouth. I realise the sky is rubbish but you canít have everything, and I prefer to show what I capture not what I can do in Photoshop; which to be honest is minimal anyway.
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Well have a good look and let me know what you think.

Cheers
Paul

I would add that no animals were harmed in the capturing of this image!

Camera:Nikon D3 1/800sec @F4 ISO 640 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:Nikon 105mm f2.8 Micro
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Stag mid Bellow
Username:harrattp harrattp
Uploaded:30 Oct 2010 - 8:12 PM
Tags:Animal, Bushy park, Close-up / macro, General, Red stag, Wildlife / nature
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WindowonWildlife
WindowonWildlife e2 Member 5WindowonWildlife vcard United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
30 Oct 2010 - 8:18 PM

Nice to see an upload Paul Smile Cracking capture mate,excellent detail and timing !! Love it

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gillykins
gillykins  6 England1 Constructive Critique Points
30 Oct 2010 - 8:20 PM

I think he's superb!
Cracking capture darling.
L&K Gillxx

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cantona43
cantona43 e2 Member 9884 forum postscantona43 vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
30 Oct 2010 - 8:29 PM

this is superb ,i would not worry too much about the sky as the subject is spot on
Neil

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pluckyfilly
pluckyfilly e2 Member 8283 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
30 Oct 2010 - 8:34 PM

great shot BUT I do think you were taking a huge risk Paul, you got away with it this time and no doubt you were careful but consider the damage an animal of this size can do.

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tynetoons
tynetoons  4 United Kingdom
30 Oct 2010 - 8:36 PM

Very well captured shot...Brilliant!!

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harrattp
harrattp  7 England4 Constructive Critique Points
30 Oct 2010 - 8:36 PM

Thank you all, Ann I was careful to make sure he was well and truly shattered before I closed in, but thank you for your concern.

Paul

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lonely_oryx
lonely_oryx e2 Member 661 forum postslonely_oryx vcard England54 Constructive Critique Points
30 Oct 2010 - 9:41 PM

Well worth taking the risk

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jeb2012
jeb2012  4 United Kingdom
30 Oct 2010 - 10:26 PM

A excellent capture

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Gray_ina
Gray_ina  6
30 Oct 2010 - 10:45 PM

Hi Paul , just wow, absolutely stunning, this getting up close seems to be catching, me im still wary, not ready for an epitath yet lol regards to both gray.

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finepetportraits

Great capture Paul! Smile

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SurreyHillsMan
SurreyHillsMan e2 Member 627 forum postsSurreyHillsMan vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
30 Oct 2010 - 10:59 PM

Great POV Paul

Jon

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teocali
teocali e2 Member 6235 forum poststeocali vcard England18 Constructive Critique Points
30 Oct 2010 - 11:08 PM

Superb capture Paul - great detail and rich saturated tones. Great POV and I clearly remember your interesting pose whilst taking the shot - LOL Wink
Sylvia

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 4139 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland111 Constructive Critique Points
30 Oct 2010 - 11:49 PM

Great shot, Paul, very nicely timed.
Ronnie.

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Shroomer
Shroomer  7 England167 Constructive Critique Points
31 Oct 2010 - 8:20 AM

You were perfectly safe with this one, remember it well crouched next to you watching our 6. I still think he's yawning at the fact another camera was on him Smile
Fine detail and saturation Paul
Richard

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SueSelley
SueSelley e2 Member 4SueSelley vcard Wales
31 Oct 2010 - 11:21 AM

A lovely photo.
We went to Margam Park to see the deer but they weren't a fraction as lovely as this.

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Maiwand
Maiwand e2 Member 7Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
31 Oct 2010 - 1:31 PM

I prefer to show what I capture not what I can do in Photoshop; . Quote
Full marks for both the shot and your comment Paul.
Ron

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patspeirs
patspeirs  7 Scotland
31 Oct 2010 - 9:38 PM

Most effective and the subject is the interest point - not the technical plusses an minusse of the sky - great iamge.
Pat

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PeterLaw
PeterLaw  6 United Kingdom
1 Nov 2010 - 5:10 PM

What a super shot.
Peter

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Gezina
Gezina  7 United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
1 Nov 2010 - 9:35 PM

My word that is it youre not coming to Africa - thought I was a dare devil at times but like to stay reasonably safe..... a magical close up of a real brut - well captured mate - Ina

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Ray42
Ray42  6 England3 Constructive Critique Points
2 Nov 2010 - 12:33 PM

Excellent - African safari with a macro stalking lion!!!!!! lol

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TerryMcK
TerryMcK  571 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
13 Nov 2010 - 12:04 PM

A very fine capture indeed, Paul.
Terry

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justin c
justin c  104519 forum posts England36 Constructive Critique Points
21 Nov 2010 - 12:27 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

I'm not sure a 100mm lens was the best option in this instance for the following reasons;
1) The narrower field of view of a longer lens would have been beneficial in excluding the white sky and tree protection guard, neither of which add anything to the scene and detract from the main point of interest.
2) For your safety and to minimize any disturbance or stress caused to the animal, particularly as he was already exhausted, a longer lens would have been a much better option.

Just because you can get close, doesn't mean that you have to.

Just my opinion for what it's worth.

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DRicherby
DRicherby  5269 forum posts United Kingdom725 Constructive Critique Points
21 Dec 2010 - 5:59 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

I think you'll find you were more than 6ft away, at least when this photograph was taken. At that distance, your field of view is about 2'x1'5 at the focal plane, which isn't nearly enough to include the whole stag.

However, I agree with Justin that it was irresponsible to approach the animal so closely. Your judgment (some might say, 'gamble') about your personal safety turned out to be correct. However, as you know, he would have attacked you had you come this close to him while he was not exhausted. By approaching to a distance where he wanted to attack you, you were causing it unnecessary distress.

And I must admit to being confused by the apparent contradiction between MossyOak's endorsement of this shot and his condemnation of photographers getting too close in his comment here.

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harrattp
harrattp  7 England4 Constructive Critique Points
22 Dec 2010 - 9:12 PM

Take a chill pill people, you may have read I said "about 6 feet" clearly I MUST have been further away than I estimated. As for causing the animal distress; I don't think so! the animal showed no signs of distress and I was especially careful not to cause any. As for "By approaching to a distance where he wanted to attack you, you were causing it unnecessary distress." I feel sure that if I had encroached on his "space" he would have charged; tired or not. I was taking particular care to read his body language to avoid distress.

That said, thanks for the comments.

Paul

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