D'Oh a Deer! I came around a corner and suddenly a deer. Seems early in the year to me. I was worried about being stampeded because there was what looked like a tall hedge behind it (animals are *most* dangerous when cornered). When it got tired of me it turned around and high-jumped about 10 feet over the hedge.

16 comments so far...

Anker Heegaard May 09, 2010, 04:22 AM
Great capture :)
mramshaw May 09, 2010, 06:21 PM
Thanks Anker. The dark green thing in the BG spoils it a bit but I was so excited I didn't check the background for distracting elements. I can't clone the dark green out because of the high contrast on the hair over the antler knob.
Gergana Vasileva plus May 09, 2010, 07:47 PM
Very beautiful! ... lovely eyes...
Volker May 09, 2010, 09:19 PM
Amazing photo!
I would try to lighten the dark green thing a bit. But it's not really distracting to me. :-)
mramshaw May 10, 2010, 02:31 AM
Thanks guys, it's a good reminder for me to always check the BG.

The dark green thing is a tree or something, no good way to chop it down.

great shot!
marco_vdw May 10, 2010, 09:20 PM
Nice capture. Who was more startled? You or the deer?
The green line doesn't distract too much, since all the attention immediately goes to the face (and particularly the ears, I find).
mramshaw May 11, 2010, 01:13 AM
Thanks guys. The eyes are very limpid but I picked this photo because the - very mobile - ears had zeroed-in on me like scanning dishes.

Marco, I was more startled for sure. I was also worried it might stampede me.

I agree that the ears are what make this picture.

janress June 23, 2010, 09:06 AM
great !
Quantumleaper August 15, 2010, 07:17 PM
Great shot! It should be possible to clone stamp away the leaves in Photoshop or Gimp. Nobody would ever notice you did so because the surrounding parts are blurred anyway.
mramshaw August 15, 2010, 07:48 PM
Thanks guys! @Quantumleaper, better composition would have saved me a lot of problems.

As far as fixing stuff, the less the better, as doing it convincingly is actually a ton of work.

Here the muzzle hairs and the leaf are one. But thanks for the suggestion.

Fizgig plus June 20, 2017, 08:50 PM
Could easily clone out the foreground leaves and branch... BUT, I think in doing so the shot would lose the "wild-caught" feel it now has.
mramshaw June 20, 2017, 10:15 PM
I'm pretty sure I worked on this quite a bit (convincingly I think).

Knowing when to stop is a hard lesson to learn.

[In GIMP each adjustment can be on its own layer.]

Anywhere there's a high-contrast edge is a real problem.

Everything looks really murky now, probably my monitor needs calibrating...

Fizgig plus June 20, 2017, 10:19 PM
mramshaw .....I do a LOT of editing and compositing.... If you want, I can have a crack at it.
Marvin Matthews June 20, 2017, 10:23 PM
I'll be watching !
mramshaw July 03, 2017, 06:07 PM
IIRC, I did have a shot at fixing stuff, except I would have had to paint in some whiskers and I didn't have any reference photos to hand and ... you get the picture.

So my next thought was: what is the picture actually about?

It's really a surprise encounter - so I processed it that way.

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