I had a wonderful day out on Sunday at the Red Deer Range at the Forestry Commission's Galloway Forest Park in Dumfriesshire. Unfortunately, the rain was torrential and unremitting and I was soaked to the skin - not that I worried about that too much but I was certainly worried about my poor camera.
Just now is the rutting season for red deer in Scotland. I didn't manage to see any stags fighting but some of them were quite frisky and their activities didn't seem to be at all dampened by the heavy rain. I caught this fellow as he was bellowing loudly, either to warn off other stags or to attract hinds to him.
This is a place well worth visiting. The Forestry Commission rangers are friendly and very informative. And the commission also has a lovely warm tearoom just a couple of miles up the road where you can dry off in front of a big log burning stove while you scoff a plate of hot soup!
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Noel_Byrne (13356) 2013-10-08 7:41
Wow to this. I have occasionally tried to do similar with the red deer in Dublin's Phoenix park and find them impossible to get close enough to in order to shoot, not only have you here gotten close enough, but the results is superb, national geographic worthy. Perfectly done on the composition and depth of field, and the rain enhances the mood of the scene dramatically. This is fantastic, thanks for sharing a classic shot.
All the best
Nicou (105809) 2013-10-08 7:48
quelle vue de ce cerf il a de grandes cornes sueprbe c'est un âgé, et il brame fantastique vue et iamge quel captage sueprbe et on imagine le son qu'il fait.
Bravo et amitié
holmertz (31302) 2013-10-08 8:03
You managed a perfect shot. The deer is so well positioned it could have been trained to pose for photographers :-). You were really lucky to get close enough to capture its eyes and fur with such sharpness. As usual you have also cropped this very nicely. I suppose the grainy effect in the background is a result of the rain.
saxo042 (33926) 2013-10-08 9:22
A very good picture with all colours in a perfect harmony. Is this a park where the animals are kept within a fence? I guess it must be quite difficult to find these animals in their natural surrounding. Is there a hunting season as well?
macjake (45588) 2013-10-08 11:03
this is an awesome photo John, so good that I actually thought the deer was fake!!!
thats how sharp and well executed the photo is.
and its taken in the downpour too! remarkable.
Perhaps the wet soaked hair/fur helped as it gives a more textural feel to the animal as opposed to a fluffy puffy look.
seriously impressed John
Romano46 (11509) 2013-10-08 11:18
una eccellente ccattura sia per il soggetto ripreso che per la composizione e, soprattutto, per la eccellente definizione dell'immagine .
Colori stupendi e contrasto ben dosato.
Ciao e buona serata
yquem46 (35368) 2013-10-08 11:48
Bravo to your courage to face the unfavorable weather conditions and to the beautiful tack sharp result as a well deserved reward
best regards, have a nice evening
carlo62 (19421) 2013-10-08 15:03
pioggia o non pioggia, l'amore non aspetta.
Bell'esemplare di cervo rosso, non sono un intenditore, ma la foto lo mostra in tutta la sua fierezza.
SnapRJW (23656) 2013-10-08 21:30
Hello John - Not only have you captured this fine beast at an opportune moment when he is demonstrating his 'manliness' but additionally I think the weather was a bonus. It adds appropriate atmosphere to the shot. I like the water droplets on the grass, the way the deer's coat has been textured by the rain and the rain-speckled BG. Super sharp and nicely cropped the final result is enhanced by the glint of reflected light in the animal's eye. Nice work with your long lens. Warm regards rosemary
jjcordier (67226) 2013-10-08 23:04
Impressionnante photo de ce cerf au pelage trempé. Les conditions météo difficiles ne t'ont pas empêché de réaliser cette magnifique image.
emka (64144) 2013-10-08 23:06
Hi John, You were quite near from this guy. Pity we can't hear him. His wet fur looks splendid. Fantastic shot - luckily with no head on the wall afterwards. I can imagine how tasty was the hot soup near the burning stove.
mesutilgim (73024) 2013-10-09 1:09
You really had great luck to capture this majestic animal full in his element and on action !
As usual in your case, many interesting notes makes your entry a perfect TE job !
TFS and best regards
williewhistler (9853) 2013-10-09 1:44
that long lens has been put to very good use,this is a very fine shot of Stag bellowing,the details are nicely sharp and very clear with the BG blurred just enough to show the environment without intruding onto the main subject.
Hopefully all survived the soaking.
Best regards Les.
Royaldevon (21463) 2013-10-09 1:57
What a great shot!
Dare I say, a very masculine moment!!
The close-up is quite amazing, detailing the features, the textures and the mood of this magnificent beast. There is no doubting the weather! You have achieved an amazing shot, especially under these conditions.
This sounds like a MUST to visit.
How far from Peebles!!
Have a great day,
bartekp (4648) 2013-10-09 9:29
Very good shot like rainy condition. The composition is superb, You caught deer on perfect time, when he made a noise.
Have a nice evening
lousat (64197) 2013-10-09 14:43
Hi John,this is a masterwork,no doubts! A perfect pic for treknature too...ehehe...fantastic capture under the rain whit a perfect timing and a spectacular quality of details and colors despite the very difficult light,very very well done!!Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
timecapturer (37068) 2013-10-10 4:14
a real King of the Glen shot this and captured magnificently. Despite the weather and light this is so sharp and even the raindrops are visible. A stunning capture and truly amazing presentation. Well done!
Internet connection fixed now - I hope!
delpeoples (48634) 2013-10-10 14:29
Hehehe as beautiful and compelling as your photo is, my eyes went straight to your vote and the bit about scoffing hot soup...you set the scene so well! Was it venison soup by any chance? :)
This is a remarkable photo, not just for your exquisite subject and model - he's really showing off isn't he! But for the exceptional quality: the chromatic rendering, the sharpness and the pin-sharp way you composed the image. I like that there is no sky in the frame and also how you managed the obviously overcast lighting conditions. What a wonderful place to share with us, thank you!
CLODO (26450) 2013-10-11 1:50
powerfull picture taken at the peak moment; the falling rain and the soaked fur adds a lot, as the blurred animal at right.
I hope you recovered well!
annjackman (15533) 2013-10-11 8:13
The rain is a real bonus for this picture as it adds loads of atmosphere. The colours are soft and lovely and the main character has been caught in an excellent pose. Very sharp and very well exposed.
Clever work and well done for braving the weather! Hope it doesn't rain like that when we are in Scotland!
Best wishes, Ann
Silvio1953 (105527) 2013-10-11 9:33
Ciao John, great capture of superb creature un der rain, despite bad weather excellent clarity, wonderful colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
romanaa (7644) 2013-10-11 11:58
this is absolutely outstanding shot. The low depth of the field makes it a portrait and the rain and the wet fur of the animal makes the view somewhat more real. Amazing.
jhm (127995) 2013-10-15 2:55
I have the same lens 100-400mm, these lens works perfect in the nature, a little bit heavy but with a monopod perfect to work.
John you shows us, one of the most beautiful pictures of a red deer.
I can almost hear the sound, on 8 km of my home are these red deer in the nature, but almost never to photographing.
Your picture is made with a lot quality and sharpness.
Very well done, TFS.
COSTANTINO (44125) 2013-10-15 22:45
simple capture but very impressive
but where is Santa Klaus?
I am feeling Christmas days will
you were lucky to take such a shot
the right timing
mjw364 (6142) 2013-10-16 4:22
Great image! Very sharp and detailed with good colour saturation. What I notice that is effective here is that you have controlled the DOF in such a way that the image appears as two distinct layers due to the compressed perspective - the stag in the FG, which is sharp and then the BG layer is nicely blurred out. You have great light here too.
Didi (51269) 2013-10-17 3:54
Great catch with a very good decisive moment
dta (56664) 2013-10-19 13:18
Hello John ,
C'est une remarquable capture de ce cerf bramant sous la pluie . Un cliché d'une très grande force ;
brianmcc (5788) 2013-10-22 14:41
the composition is perfect. this is stunning. the detail and sharpness are second to none. i love the narrow depth of field. the colours are rich and very striking. and the rain adds to the atmosphere you have created. to complete the picture you have captured the stag at just the right moment to create some drama. as a result of your skills all these elements combine perfectly to produce this incredible picture.
ps. thank you for your comments on my last picture. i was busy at work and at home for a few months before summer and TE sort of went out of the window. i can't say i'm overly busy now, but once the pattern is broken it's hard to get back into the way again, as other patterns form and take away the time from TE. also i only seem to take pictures of the one place, the mourne mountains, and at times i feel i must appear boring to just post photos on a travel site from within the same 10 mile radius. to be honest i've been taking pictures all summer, so i've been out quite a bit. maybe the dark evenings will keep me in the house for a few months and give me more time for TE.
- Copyright: John Cannon (tyro) (15711)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-10-06
- Categories: Nature, Decisive Moment
- Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6 L IS USM, Hoya 77mm Pro1D UV(0)
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/800 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-10-08 7:36