Not quite solitary, actually (if you look carefully, especially in the large version, you can see that he was accompanied by another stag, lower down on the slope, to the right of the stag in front), but I just couldn't resist using an alliteration for the title.
It was good to see my friend from November again, and this time he was kind enough to stay close for a while, which allowed me to shoot him without even changing lenses.
It was still Friday, the first day of the Rowardennan meet, and I hadn't even been to Rowardennan yet, but it was nice to end the day with a few shots of this beautiful animal. It's only since last year that I've been able to get some shots of wildlife, and since wild animals in my own country are rare - especially those of the four-legged kind, it impresses me greatly when I come across them.
Anyway - this was shot with my 10-20mm, using a grad filter (Cokin 121F [I didn't want a horizontal line on the stag], and on-board flash.
I removed some unwanted objects from the foreground, cropped a little off the bottom, and gave the image some very slight tweaks. I also put it through Noiseware, since the sky was quite noisy.
Versions: 1 is the Noiseware version, 2 is the post-processed version with the noise still in it, and 3 is the original.
Comments and mods welcome, as always!
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