Taken at the same place and time as my previous photograph, this is the same red deer stag bellowing during the rutting season at the Red Deer Range at the Forestry Commission's Galloway Forest Park in Dumfriesshire.
Again, this was a dreadfully dull and wet day with the rain pouring down torrentially but that did not seem to deter this stag, fuelled as he was with testosterone! Here he makes his loud bellowing sound but the young hind in the background seemed singularly unimpressed and continued to graze quietly.
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freedahu (305) 2013-11-17 8:21
Powerful picture that makes you feel the dampness and the power of nature.
Thanks for sharing
macjake (67060) 2013-11-17 9:58
I knew this was yours right away when i saw it from the gallery page.
It still reminds me of visiting the natural history museums, this guy hardly even looks real - its amazing.
and just like the previous one, i love the wet-pressed hair, reminds me of my old wet dog :)
and i bet he'll need a breath mint!
another awesome shot in the rain John, something that I absolutely hate doing! Love the bold eyes and the wide horns, (horns? lol) well done my friend
see you around
Romano46 (18472) 2013-11-17 9:59
una cattura straordinaria sotto la pioggia che mette in primo piano tutta la tua bravura nel catturare una particolare espressione dell'animale oltre alla particolare qualità della tua attrezzatura tecnica che si fa apprezzare per particolare nitidezza e resa del dettaglio.
Ciao e buon inizio di settimana
jemaflor (96057) 2013-11-17 10:02
Great shot, well taken at the moment, excellent sharpness, we want the sound ...
Zengi001 (2801) 2013-11-17 11:07
You captured just Thé right moment.
Energysavingelk (1955) 2013-11-17 11:32
whenever my students start to make strange noise or even belch during my math lessons, I tell them to go into the forest, join the rutting season and compete with guys like this one. Guess who will be the looser...
Well taken, and well cropped.
Horrido from Rhineland
Keitht (1304) 2013-11-17 12:07
A really powerful image. Tight framing on the stag has worked very well and the weather adds to the atmosphere.
I'm not sure whether the hind on the right adds to, or detracts from, the overall image.
It adds to the 'story' but on balance I think I would prefer a tighter crop, removing that element.
Still a fabulous shot.
carlo62 (46475) 2013-11-17 14:33
ho sentito il forte richiamo e sono corso a vedere la foto, solo vedendo l'immagine ho capito chi era che gridava....
Bello scatto, con tutte le difficoltà del caso, per cui con un valore maggiore.
jjcordier (79297) 2013-11-17 23:31
Magnifique photo de ce cerf en rut. la pluie crée une atmosphère particulière qui donne encore plus d'impact à l'image.
emka (95249) 2013-11-17 23:49
Hi John, I remember very well this stag full of testosterone. magnificent photo. With the rain, his wet hair looks fantastic. I love the blurred background. Superb shot.
Have a nice week
Noel_Byrne (30499) 2013-11-18 1:21
Simply wonderful, you captured the spirit of this mighty creature so perfectly well here, as I look at this, I can hear its bellow and feel its power. I have a huge admiration for natural world scenes, as from my own very limited experience with them, I know how difficult they can be.
This is a Nat Geo worthy scene, and I think the torrential rain actually adds a lot, making the whole thing grittier and giving us so much of a feeling of this beasts domain. Thanks for sharing this beauty.
Cheers, have a great week.
willperrett (10387) 2013-11-18 1:21
This is a fine wildlife shot, which isn't a genre I normally associate with you! It works a treat. I like the slightly mad eye! I guess you upped the ISO in order to hand-hold your big lens, though I note you weren't fully extended! How far away was this beast? And what sort of shelter did you have? I don't care about your getting wet, but I am concerned for your camera!
Royaldevon (37927) 2013-11-18 1:50
I am impressed by the quality of this shot despite the obviously poor shooting conditions.
What you have captured is the intensity of mood of this animal! There is no doubting its threatening posture from its wild eye to its projecting head.
The details of its wet coat and the speckled b/g inform us about the conditions, quite vividly.
A very well composed shot; there is plenty of space for the noise to reverberate around the frame!!!!
Have a great day,
Great day, yesterday, little granddaughter christened! Wonderful family get-together!
timecapturer (49288) 2013-11-18 3:16
I did smile at the title for this one - it sounds like some medieval porn movie. Sorry! Imagination running riot again, or just frustration not sure ;-). This is such a magnificent shot of this incredible stag. I love the eye which looks as menacing as those antlers. Superbly detailed image and captured at just the right moment. Powerful and spellbinding imagery!
Have a great week - B.
mjw364 (842) 2013-11-18 4:01
Very impressive shot - subject matter aside I am impressed by the detail and the way the rain has been captured too @ 1/800th. Love the detail and clarity of the animal's fur. I may have cropped the right hand edge in closer to line its head up with a vertical third and have it less central but hey - just nitpicking.
Nicou (140072) 2013-11-18 6:11
c'est une merveille ce cerf qui brame sueprbe quel attitude et image la couche grande ouverte et quel bois cela doit être un douze cornes c'est mervielleux, et ce rendu mouille sur le pelage splendide vue.
Bravo et amitié
saxo042 (37794) 2013-11-18 7:45
Looks like he has some complaints about the weather but the rain adds some extra features here, like in this picture. But you are so much closer, we can see all the details here and the wet fur. A well composed scene with the horns at a nice angle.
Silvio1953 (140853) 2013-11-18 13:43
Ciao John, great portrait of superb creature in fantastic pose, wonderful natural colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
Vasa (515) 2013-11-18 16:02
It is true that EOS 5D is a good tool, but it is in good hands also. I like that toil with this merveillous portrait, expression of your model and palette. All is for long souvenir, John.
annjackman (21813) 2013-11-21 5:48
The rain is wonderfully visible. That very sharp eye seems to be 'eying' you up. These animals are dangerous in the rutting season! Great sharpness and exposure - well caught in the dreadful weather.
Best wishes, Ann
- Copyright: John Cannon (tyro) (24386)
- 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: 2013-11-17 7:55