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I was walking in the woods recently on the way to photograph a nearby hoot owl nest and I came upon this doe that let me shoot her before trotting off.

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Should I tone down the foreground grass some? Anything else?

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Z9, 180-600 lens, Nikon 1.4 TC, monopod, 1/1600th, f 9.0, 370mm, ISO 2800, cropped to 5752 x 4592

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HI Dave. I 'm moving this to Wildlife as I don’t see a bird in it. Cool angle on the deer.


Apologies! I am such a creature of habit. The big portion of my posts are avian. No excuse… Thanks for your help.


You could tone down the grass if you like, but it’s such an engaging photo that I don’t think it matters. It adds even more cheerfulness if that’s possible. I can imaging the bright sunny day, warm on my face and a gentle breeze. It also helps balance the photo since the subject is on the other side and so are those heavy trees. Her expression of curiosity - oh those ears! Like radar dishes pointed right at you. Your processing looks darn good; natural colors and light; no forced shadows. You could tone down the sharpening in the background if you did it globally and if not taking a slight blur or de-clarity action there could help ease the tonalities. What a fun encounter. All the deer I saw the other day were racing away and all I saw were those white fluffy tails!

Nice pose on the deer Dave and good sharpness. Giving you a quizzical look from above. Looks good to me in general.