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At First Light

By teocali
From the archives - a Red Deer Stag (Cervus elaphus), taken at dawn in Bushy Park, during the rutting season, a couple of years ago. Virtually a full frame capture with just a little cropped from the LHS.

Many thanks for your C&Cs on my last upload, with a special THANK YOU to Brian (bricurtis) for the UA and to Mark(flamesworddragon) for the GEA - all greatly appreciated as always Smile

Tags: Light First Red Stag Deer Season Bushy park Rutting Rut Wildlife and nature Cervus elaphus

Voters: morpheus1955, Kim Walton, RonnieAG and 39 more

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RonnieAG Plus
6 153 116 Scotland
15 Jun 2012 10:03AM
A fine study of the deer, Sylvia, with the wide open aperture allowing selective focussing to very good effect.
The light tips to his antlers show off well against that darker strip of b/g.
He's got you firmly in his sights, gazing directly dow the lens barrel.

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tonyng Plus
6 8 2 United Kingdom
15 Jun 2012 10:11AM
A fine portrait. Great dof. Smile
15 Jun 2012 11:19AM
beautiful shot

Fefe Plus
4 23 31 United Kingdom
15 Jun 2012 11:35AM
Lovely shot, great pose!
TonyDy Plus
7 5 2 United Kingdom
15 Jun 2012 12:43PM
Great shot, Sylvia - love the eye contact.
7 10 10 England
15 Jun 2012 1:39PM
An excellent capture of this stag - a very direct stare.
rhol2 5 369 1 United Kingdom
15 Jun 2012 1:50PM
What more can I add?

Excellent image..

15 Jun 2012 2:56PM
Great capture!
15 Jun 2012 4:52PM
A lovely capture Sylvia. Did you manage to get any photos of Males locking antlers?? Something i would love to see, supposed to be an amazing sight

pluckyfilly Plus
10 351 33 United Kingdom
15 Jun 2012 5:01PM
superb shot very worthy of your early morning trip
johnjo58 6 2 5 United Kingdom
15 Jun 2012 5:52PM
A very engaging composition, I espeically like the separation from the fore and background and the understated tones
Maiwand Plus
9 3 72 England
15 Jun 2012 7:09PM
Great shot really showing the excitement of those early morning visits Sylvia. You have to be on your toes there.GrinGrin
tomcat 11 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
15 Jun 2012 8:06PM
A handsome beast Sylvia

I thought you were on holiday around this time?

Glostopcat 10 255 2 England
16 Jun 2012 3:32PM
A fine shot of this magnificent beast, he certainly is a fine looking fellow

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