White Tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus)
Glen Helen Nature Preserve, Yellow Springs, Ohio
"Wildlife and its habitat cannot speak, so we must and we will." - Theodore Roosevelt
Seeing eye to eye, these beautiful mammals look even more impressive up close. A long telephoto zoom lens, some luck and moving your feet will help in achieving shots like this. Although this wasn't my first deer photo; I took dozens and dozens in years past before this moment became 'the one.' The single encounter that makes every previous photo pale in comparison. The lighting, the composition, the tight framing, the eye contact, just about everything.
Shooting on a tripod low to the ground allowed for this more intimate perspective. 1/160 of a second was just fast enough to capture an eye blink if it were to occur. An aperture f/6.3 allowed enough focus on the eyes without blurring out the rest of the face too much, yet dropping out the background. ISO 1000 is a bit too high for my tastes, however was much needed for the dark woodland surrounding us, and the noise was negilible. Another wonderful moment from being out in the field.
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