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Deer in the Mist

By WildLight  
I took this at Richmond Park on a very early misty (and freezing!) morning. This Red Deer stag looked very majestic amongst the mist Smile
The colours and light are completely natural.

I hope you like it!

Tags: Golden Mist Red deer Richmond park Wildlife and nature

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Dabow 12 21 2 United Kingdom
25 Nov 2008 3:34PM
Yup, you have to get up pretty early in the morning to capture a shot like this. Beautiful and one for the wall.

One comment - some may like the sun, but i find it too distracting, especially because it's so large and burnt out. I'd be tempted to re-crop to square format without the sun.
WildLight 14 145 3 United Kingdom
25 Nov 2008 3:36PM
Thanks for the comment. I'll have a go at cropping it like you said.

BillyGoatGruff 14 191 199 England
25 Nov 2008 3:36PM
This a very beautiful image.
The burned out sun is a bit of a problem as it tends to detract from the beautiful sillhouette.
It may not be possible to recover the highlight detail since the sun is so bright.
A better solution, perhaps, would be to use a square crop from the bottom right corner and the full width of the image. This would tighten and strengthen the composition, and also balance the tonality.
A great effort - wish I'd shot it!
daibev 17 350 Wales
25 Nov 2008 4:08PM
Fantastic shot
albi 17 68 1 England
25 Nov 2008 4:17PM
Very nice, keep up the good work..

NEWMANP 13 1.6k 574 United Kingdom
25 Nov 2008 4:19PM
Joe the bottom half of this is to die for, it is just wonderful. its not just a good effort its --- stunning,

As the others have said before me, the blown out sky is a problem, maybe a grad would have helped,

I dont agree about the crop, the sky and the backdrop are too nice too lose, i would try either airbrushing in the burned out area or some very nifty cloning, it it took 3 hours it would be worth every minute as this is the type of shot when you have made it perfect, will win you competitions and prizes all over the country.
Newtman 15 2 5
25 Nov 2008 4:21PM
this is a great image, and you should be proud of it. The nit of the white sun blob has already been covered, the other is that the animal is positioned a bit far to the right for an animal that is also looking right. Normally you need an animal to be looking into a picture to make the best composition. I realise this is hard with wildlife, it could have been easily compensated for by moving a little to your right, but that could have spooked the animal.

Still a great shot though.

pamelajean Plus
15 1.6k 2238 United Kingdom
25 Nov 2008 4:26PM
Hello, Joe. Your portfolio is a joy to view and, considering that you are only 14 years old, it makes me feel like a photography dinosaur. I feel that most points have been covered above, and I was going to mention the position of the deer, but that has been said as well. So, to my mods then. In the first one I carefully cloned in some colour into the burnt out sun area, a little at a time, working from the outer edges, lowering the opacity of the colour as I moved towards the centre, two or three times. I then selected the whole of the sun area and applied a gaussian blur to make my work look more naturally fitting into the image. In my second mod, I slightly adjusted the levels, that's all. I agree that the whole image should be saved, and hope you might be able to emulate what I have done, if you like it, that is.
Wilmot 13 338 1 United Kingdom
25 Nov 2008 5:10PM
Great shot,but the burned out sun,distracts me from a beautiful sillhoutte
jeanie Plus
17 6.0k 6 United Kingdom
25 Nov 2008 5:36PM
Hi, there have been some great comments already so I just went for a mod - I hope you dont mind but I wanted to see how the picture would look if I removed the sun to put the focus back on the stag....

DJLphoto 13 6 England
25 Nov 2008 5:39PM
Gorgeous image!

I like the cropped version #4 as it concentrates on the subject and your eyes aren't taken away by the sun

Please have a look at my images

ugly Plus
13 9 57 United Kingdom
26 Nov 2008 12:31PM
Very nice shot...
Well done...

2 Dec 2008 11:26AM
Amazing shot - beautiful
Paddy_fox 15 10 Spain
2 Dec 2008 6:51PM
very good
nigelpye 13 1 United Kingdom
3 Dec 2008 8:21AM
Keep it up mate, great shot and experience. Cheers
rossi 18 142 11 England
27 Feb 2009 12:22PM
I think its fabulous.


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