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on Nov 4, 2010 in Landscape Photography

We Don’t Give Up Easily

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With the big storm we had about a week ago that moved out nearly all the stragglers, Jake & I figured it got the Mule Deer moving to their winter grounds. Since we were having zero luck with birds, this morning we headed down south in the search of Bambi. Now with signs like this, wouldn’t you think you’d find a deer or two? (The pole has a warp to it from snow load.)

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Now we weren’t looking for Bambi, but its dad. No such luck, the bucks weren’t to be found. But we did find this small doe group prior to sunrise. I’ll be real honest with you, it wasn’t a rock or a tree so I was going to shoot!!!! It was still dark, I was shooting at 1/20, f4 ISO 100 handheld but made the clicks. There was a lonely spike on the otherside of us and I knew being rut that the does would keep an eye on this horny kid. I also knew the season’s fawns would always be looking to mom for reassurance hence this photo.

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And two seconds later the sun came over the White Mtns and kissed the little band. At the same time a noise sounded backstage and so the doe’s right ear cocked to register it. The ears are everything so this moment in my book sucked, I hate that right ear. The movement though was so slight that even shooting at 1/45, it didn’t blur.

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Finally, the stupid young buck made a move and just a heartbeat before the band walked away, I got one, somewhat pleasing click off. No, they aren’t award winning photos and in fact, it’s what Jake & I refer to as cheap blog material. I’m not going to delete them, I can use them as teaching material but more importantly are the simple lesson learned and reinforced. We learned the big boys haven’t migrated down slope this far yet. We learned it was a good year for Mule Deer since we say a lot of spring young. We found where there seemed to like to congregate (can’t miss their droppings). I practiced handholding and got sharp images at 1/20, saw how a touch of light makes a huge difference and most importantly, found something to photograph. You just can loose anytime you go out shooting even if you get skunked. Today, we got a small reward for once again getting up early. It was a good day! And yes, the first image prior to sunrise is my favorite from the moment.

Photos captured by D3x, 200-400VR2 on Lexar UDMA digital film