I wasn’t happy with my image of the deer I posted last week. So yesterday I decided to go back where I found the deer and see if I could get some better images. Please remember you can click on any of the images to reveal a much larger and more detailed image.
This time I stopped about a mile before reaching the area where they were and got my camera and long lens all set up. Then I drove with the camera in my lap, with the window down and hoping I would see them again.
Sure enough they were in the same vicinity and looking for food. I drove very slow and when I stopped to take the pictures they started to leave. Still I was happy with the results. I won’t bother them again for a while.
Enjoy your day and be careful.
Yesterday afternoon I had some meetings at one of our smaller banks. By the time I finished it was late enough that if I drove straight back to Maquoketa it would be closing time so I decided to take an alternate road home and see what images I could capture.
The light was getting soft and it was a perfect time of the day. Although it was only 3 above with a 15 – 20 mph wind so the shooting conditions were not ideal. None the less undeterred and with no personal concern for my comfort, I went in search of things to shoot with my camera.
As I have noted on this blog before, the deer population is abundant. This has been a difficult winter for them and they are struggling to find food. This little guy was right next to the road trying to find some prairie grass to eat.
A few miles down the road and I saw a large herd of deer feeding on the remains of a corn field. I turned around and followed a gravel road to a vantage point that I could make this image. These deer, while watching me all the time, made no effort to get away from me. They had found some food and were not about to run away from it. This scene was repeated several times on my journey home. I hate to see animals struggle. When you think about how long, cold, and miserable this winter has been it’s hard to imagine what the animals have to go though when they can’t come in to a nice warm house and get a hot meal.
I see the same animals (horses and cows) on the way to work every day standing out in the open. Watching the steam come from their breathing and imagining how uncomfortable they must be.
I found a surprising number of things to photograph on this little journey. There were a couple of times I had no idea where I was but knew eventually I find a road where I had been before. This is what I saw before finally deciding I better head for a warm home and a hot meal. 🙂
All images were shot with a Nikon D600 | Nikon 80 – 400 mm VR 5.6 lens | ISO 800 1/1250 sec @ f8.0
Thanks for stopping by. Next few days well into next week, it sounds like there will be more of the same. Bitterly cold temperatures and lots of snow in the forecast. Enjoy your day and be thankful your are not animal. Be careful.
Happy Friday! It’s been a couple of days since my last post. My last post was of a deer and that is also the subject of this post. Yesterday I was at Camp Courageous facilitating a retreat and we finished up around 4:10 p.m. The sun was a soft yellow and it was perfect for taking images. But what of?
On the way back to the office (I took the Caves Road) I started seeing lots of deer. Mostly in the fields but as I got closer to the Wildwood area they were closer to the road. There were three times that I either had to slow down or stop completely to let the deer decide which way they were going to run. This group above was three that I had to stop for. Once they cleared the road I pulled onto the shoulder, got out, and walked up to the top of the hill so I could get a better look at them. They were waiting for me to take this shot. 🙂
I also had to stop for this doe. This was shot from my car and yes she is that close to me. I did shoot it with the 80 – 400 mm lens but I only had it at about 120 mm focal length. Both images were shot at ISO 400 1/1250 sec @f8.0. These were not the only deer I saw on my way back but the only ones that lent themselves to a photograph. I know I am a little paranoid about deer but wow there are a lot of them this year.
I’m taking a few days off for R&R and hope to do some shooting. I was also hoping to make some shots with the Phantom but the weather is not going to cooperate. 24 degrees is the recommended lowest temperature to fly in and it is not going to get that high over the 4 days I’m off. So the Phantom will stay grounded. 😦
That’s it for today. Enjoy your Friday. Thanks for stopping by and be careful.