Stills V3

July 12, 2009

Deer Trail #1

Filed under: Anita Jesse — anitajesse @ 03:27



  1. Not much of a trail if you come across them so easily!!

    Excellent dynamic of the deer’s body on sensing something. I also like the muted colour scheme and I see that you are in the competition for the best painted background.

    This is a nature shot that appears nicely accidental, when I’m sure it required a bit more work than that.

    Comment by John Ellis — July 12, 2009 @ 07:04

  2. He seems a bit awkward, like you caught him out at a bad moment.

    Comment by matt — July 12, 2009 @ 21:19

  3. Not your classic deer pose – and all the better for that.

    It is good that there is vegitation in the front plane along with the animal.

    Comment by Colin — July 12, 2009 @ 22:22

  4. Certainly wouldn’t score points technically but I think it shows behaviour and personality which I prefer in wildlife shots (c.f. birds on sticks).

    Given he’s eating, the vegetation becomes an important inclusion.

    Comment by doonster — July 13, 2009 @ 07:33

  5. “Not your classic deer pose – and all the better for that.”

    Agreed. The forward looking view and expression, along with the cropped top and bottom give this a very appealing intimacy. Very nice compositionally also.

    Comment by Christina — July 16, 2009 @ 04:10

  6. “Not your classic deer pose”

    to the point where it would probably do very badly in a Club Nature Competition where all the bits need to be there.

    “and all the better for that.” it does make it different and interesting.

    Comment by Rex — July 17, 2009 @ 19:20

  7. Yep…without those bits it’s not your classic deer pose and without the surrounding backdrop would be pretty flat. But the space on the left brings you nicely to the deer and then back through the background all because of those ‘touching’ branches. Very pleasing on many levels: it’s ‘difference’; it’s composition; and the choice of colour pallette.

    Comment by akikana — July 18, 2009 @ 12:13

  8. You are right, John, it wasn’t much of a hunting excursion. I took my sister-in-law for a sight-seeing drive up Deer Trail Drive and we saw only one buck but several of these elk, bulls and cows. They grazed beside the road watching us warily, but not retreating an inch. This guy wandered particularly close.

    By the way, I confess that I actually simply rented one of Gordon’s painted backgrounds. It saved a lot of time.

    Comment by Anita Jesse — July 28, 2009 @ 03:51

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