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A bit too close for comfort, I was kneeling under a tree photographing him and his harem of hinds when unknown to me, one of the hinds wandered past me to my right, the stag came closer and closer and I didn't know whether to stay put or run lol.

I had to zoom right back for this shot and took a few more as he came closer still, then I decided to grab my tripod and walk quickly away towards my friend Paul Rosser who had a longer lens than me and so was further back, I shouted to him,"is it coming, is it coming"? as I had my back to the stag, but luckily he turned and went after the straying hind instead.

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D3 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:200.0-400.0 mm f/4.0 +1.4x
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:13 Oct 2012 - 8:43 AM
Focal Length:300mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.7
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/80sec
Exposure Comp:+2/3
ISO:640
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:Custom
Title:Bring it on
Username:geoffrey baker geoffrey baker
Uploaded:10 Jan 2013 - 4:34 PM
Tags:Bushy park, Deer, Red deer, Rut, Stag, Wildlife / nature
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mikeoregon
10 Jan 2013 - 4:37 PM

A handsome fellow, nice portrait!

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Dinney
Dinney  6 England2 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jan 2013 - 4:42 PM

Superb shot, your bravery was awarded but I think you retreated at the right moment.
Kev

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Badgerfred
Badgerfred e2 Member 7Badgerfred vcard Wales
10 Jan 2013 - 4:43 PM

Super image Geoff,
Fred.

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JuBarney
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10 Jan 2013 - 4:46 PM

A lovely shot but he doesn't look very happy!
Ju

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christinecilia
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10 Jan 2013 - 4:49 PM

beautiful shot. christineGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

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rajasekar
rajasekar  5 India2 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jan 2013 - 4:57 PM

Very nice Framing! The colors and details are impressive. And the eye level shot makes it more interesting.

Above all your narration too as interesting as this pic Smile

Raja

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ali63
ali63 e2 Member 2474 forum postsali63 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jan 2013 - 5:16 PM

Great shot,
Ali.

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Paul_cats
Paul_cats e2 Member 861 forum postsPaul_cats vcard Scotland22 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jan 2013 - 5:18 PM

Brave shot under the circumstances. Well worth the turmoil though.
Paul

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Lelah
Lelah e2 Member 1Lelah vcard United Kingdom
10 Jan 2013 - 5:23 PM

I think your frightening moment adds to the shot, just look at his expression, not to mention the antlers, glad he wasn't glaring at me but would have been very happy to take this shot Grin

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LesF
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10 Jan 2013 - 5:48 PM

Brown pants time eh Geoff, love the capture


LesF

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johnjo58
johnjo58 e2 Member 4johnjo58 vcard United Kingdom5 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jan 2013 - 5:58 PM

Great photo Geoffrey, but not worth dying for
David

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tomcat
tomcat e2 Member 85912 forum poststomcat vcard United Kingdom15 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jan 2013 - 6:28 PM

Dangerous games GeoffWinkWinkWinkWinkWinkWink

Damn fine shot though

Adrian

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DalesLass
DalesLass e2 Member 22044 forum postsDalesLass vcard United Kingdom
10 Jan 2013 - 6:37 PM

A great capture of the deer, I love the movement in the grass too.

Jude

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Maddie
Maddie  92714 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jan 2013 - 7:18 PM

I hope you were hiding behind a tree when you took this Geoff... i would have shat myself lol

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Coleslaw
Coleslaw e2 Member 913403 forum postsColeslaw vcard Wales28 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jan 2013 - 7:24 PM


Quote: i would have shat myself lol

Dirty girl! Tongue

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achieverswales
10 Jan 2013 - 10:16 PM

Not one to stand up to Geoff, he is magnificent and could do you a lot of damage, the tones are excellent and the mist adds that bit of atmosphere. A cracking capture!


Regards

Trev.

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geoffrey baker
geoffrey baker e2 Member 10496 forum postsgeoffrey baker vcard Wales1 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jan 2013 - 10:53 PM

Thanks everyone :o)
I had my tripod set up quite low to the side of the tree in full view and I was on my knees, there was no problem at first when the deer were a long way away but he kept getting closer and closer until he was too close for comfort and when he made this stance and we made eye contact I knew it was time to go.

Only a week or two earlier I saw a video of one at the same park chasing a man up one of the trees, the tree I was by didn't have those wooden posts around it so I'd never have been able to have climbed up that one, it was too big and smooth, luckily I managed to escape in time.

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rontear
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10 Jan 2013 - 11:06 PM

Close....very close Geoff !! Know the feeling.
Ron.

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Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8232 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jan 2013 - 12:09 AM

It looks as though he means business by the look in his eye! I saw some impressive specimens when I went to see the red deer at Ashton Court Estate in Bristol with epzer Ade Osmant at the end of October. I too saw the video you referred to above, however I could not imagine that happening when the Big O was there. If there'd have been some action my money would not have been on the four hooved antlered one if anything kicked off!WinkGrinTongue

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KNS
KNS  5106 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
6 Feb 2013 - 3:37 PM

His body language is not good - thankfully he didn't chase you.....

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