While I like the action in this photo, as this buck was spooked. It is not a great photo because it is too constrained. It is instead, a perfect example for what not to do. I have left no room for the buck to run. Since I cut off the action, the viewer is left to wonder what spooked him… or where he is going. It lacks that sense of place.
A better photo that shows a sense of place, and includes the subject (my buck) and his environment – the forest and trees. One where the subject is looking at you, and it’s eyes sharp are a bonus. Having the subject well lit, and not in the shadows help to draw the eye to your subject…. albeit often hard to get everything to line up, particularly when working in the wild.
We have been very fortunate since living up north that we have seen quite a number of different animals, including those fantastically cute baby elk. But in the time that we have lived here we had yet to see any baby deer (fawn) with it’s spots still on.
Better late than never. We were very surprised to see this little baby fawn, still with her spots, this late in the year. Normally the babies make their first appearance in June. It’s hard to imagine this little one so young just as we are going into winter.
I am still learning my animal species… but it appeared that this endearing photo of this little fawn’s peck on ‘mom’s’ cheek was not well received. The fawn looks to be a white tail… while the mom dear was a mule deer…. strange bed fellows indeed. The ensuing sequence had this mean mom dear strike the little fawn with it’s foot, causing the fawn to run away in it’s real mom’s direction.
It seemed the little family was hanging out together, with dad staying close by.
She is absolutely adorable, such a precious little thing. So vulnerable with all the newness and wonder in her eyes. What a privilege and pleasure to see her. Watching her seemingly experience her ‘firsts’ was a real treat.
I was fortunate enough to go to Photoshop World in Vegas this past September. It was a valuable experience on my levels. I signed up for a Portfolio Review, where for $25 you bring 15 – 20 pix and they pair you with a photographer in your same category (Wildlife in my case). I was delighted to find myself sitting next to none other than Moose Peterson himself. Wow! His wildlife and aviation pix are legendary. Let’s just say, I had most certainly heard of him before!
Moose was very kind with his critique, though very humbling. Photos that I thought were, while maybe not world class, at least good… didn’t make the cut as far as Moose was concerned. I went home a little deflated, but encouraged and inspired to do better. He explains his philosophy that no ‘critter’ shot should be tampered with, not even cropped! Just when I’m finally getting better at Photoshop. Well… I reserve the right to consider that approach, as I freely admit to the occasional crop or exposure adjustment. Hmmm.
One very interesting comment he made was relative to my camera settings. He took one look at the picture posted here, and suggested that my camera settings were on sRGB and I should change them to Adobe RGB. He looked at one photo, and by that alone, declared my camera settings. You can see that? Really!? I was stunned. He explained that sRGB is 256K of colors, while Adobe RGB is 14 million colors, hence the ‘monotone’ look of my buck picture. Wow! Of course the first thing I did when I got back to my room was check my camera settings. He was dead on. I was set on sRGB. I instantly re-set my camera to Adobe RGB.
A little research online tells a different story. Adobe RGB is best if you are going to print. sRGB is best if you are emailing. But, then you can find any answer you looking for online, irregardless of what you want it to be. For me, I have it set on Adobe RGB, and I’ll be leaving it there, unless I learn something compelling to change it.