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A pair of Red Stag sparring partners at the rut yesterday. The sound of those antlers clashing together is unbelievable - I had never heard it before. Apart from minimal cropping to reduce space at the top and on the right hand side, this image is virtually full frame. Please view large if you have a moment.
Settings: F/6.3 1/80sec +0.33EV ISO640 AV@500mm tripod

Thank you all so much for the great response to my yesterday's upload (my first ever deer image) - really appreciated as always Smile

Camera:Canon EOS 40D
Lens:Canon 500mm F4L IS
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Clash of the Titans
Username:teocali teocali
Uploaded:10 Oct 2010 - 6:33 PM
Tags:Cervus, Clash, Close-up / macro, Deer, Elaphus, Red, Rut, Sports / action, Stag, Wildlife / nature
Votes:37

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TerryMcK
TerryMcK  571 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
10 Oct 2010 - 6:35 PM

A well-captured wildlife moment, Sylvia.
Terry

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10826 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2831 Constructive Critique Points
10 Oct 2010 - 6:38 PM

Wonderful shot


W

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fazzer
fazzer e2 Member 533 forum postsfazzer vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
10 Oct 2010 - 6:40 PM

Great capture

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RTDS
RTDS  5 Cyprus
10 Oct 2010 - 6:44 PM

Excellent capture.
Robert

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NeilWigan
NeilWigan e2 Member 4NeilWigan vcard England15 Constructive Critique Points
10 Oct 2010 - 6:47 PM

great wildlife action shot .

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SickChit
SickChit  729 forum posts England
10 Oct 2010 - 6:49 PM

I like it, the slight blur really adds to the atmosphere.

Ian

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SteveMoulding
SteveMoulding e2 Member 5SteveMoulding vcard United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
10 Oct 2010 - 6:51 PM

An excellent well timed shot. Superb detail.
Steve.

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Snapitt
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10 Oct 2010 - 6:52 PM

Great stag shot Sylvia. The colours blend in beautifully. Well captured!

Jane

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Shroomer
Shroomer  7 England167 Constructive Critique Points
10 Oct 2010 - 6:52 PM

The sense of the power is well documented and captured here Sylvia, a great moment and well captured. Like the slight movement it adds to the overall action. Did the same on my V3 today.
Great stuff and you didn't even flinch as the loser ran between us Smile
Richard

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sedonamoonshine

brilliant timing for a super shot

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Maiwand
Maiwand e2 Member 7Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
10 Oct 2010 - 8:10 PM

great spontaneous capture Sylvia. You are absolutely right the noise of bellowing and antlers clashing was superb. Great shot.
Ron

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Lidentobias
10 Oct 2010 - 8:12 PM

Smashing shot I agree with the above
Mike

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jeb2012
jeb2012  4 United Kingdom
10 Oct 2010 - 8:22 PM

Excellent shot

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pluckyfilly
pluckyfilly e2 Member 8283 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
10 Oct 2010 - 8:28 PM

great capture - if the deer ran between me and others I cant run so would have to stand my ground, probably better than running anyway - brave of you to stand your ground, I might have fainted heheh!

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chalkhillblue
chalkhillblue e2 Member 5143 forum postschalkhillblue vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
10 Oct 2010 - 8:39 PM

Excellent nature photography Sylvia, a fine image, captured beautifully.
You are certainly spreading your wings (photographically) these days to great effect.
David

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Lillian
Lillian e2 Member 5Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
10 Oct 2010 - 10:10 PM

Stunning shot Sylvia, a powerful image of strength
Lillian

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 4139 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland111 Constructive Critique Points
11 Oct 2010 - 12:18 AM

Great shot getting in on the action here so well, Sylvia. (I mean photographically of course!!!!)
Ronnie

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photophantom
11 Oct 2010 - 9:30 AM

superb
dennis

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FeatherFriend
FeatherFriend e2 Member 625 forum postsFeatherFriend vcard England216 Constructive Critique Points
11 Oct 2010 - 5:38 PM

I think this describes the action beautifully Sylvia, cracking shot,
Geoff.

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DRicherby
DRicherby  5269 forum posts United Kingdom725 Constructive Critique Points
16 Oct 2010 - 3:06 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

I think this needs to be either blurrier or sharper: either a fast shutter to capture the moment of impact or a slower one to show the two of them coming together and bouncing off each other. This intermediate case looks a bit like camera shake, which I think dilutes the intent of the photo. Of course, the ideal amount of blur in a shot like this is very much a matter of personal taste.

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