Tuesday, December 22, 2009

More Sparring Bucks...


This is a continuation of yesterday's post. For those that love photography they will understand but for those of you that do not shoot much, photographing these bucks can be a difficult time. I shoot on manual only, full manual. I know many will shoot in a priority mode normally aperture priority. With the deer in the woods it can be difficult to get the right vantage point. Obstructions become a problem as well as the deer moving and getting into a position that is just not good for photography. The twigs branches and grass can also be a problem, the auto focus will pick up on even a single strand and want to focus on it making all the photographs soft and bad. For that reason I switch to manual focus for shots like this. The other problem is changing from shade to sun and back, one is constantly making adjustments to the settings to get a good photo. And in this case the bucks had partial shade and partial sun. The camera needs to be set for one or the other or a happy medium in between. Some of these problems can be fixed in post processing, I just have allot to learn about that.

It was mentioned in the comment section before and I wondered myself about these two bucks. Could they be siblings? From grooming each other to the good natured sparring they did it almost seemed like an older buck teaching a younger (brother) buck. These same bucks sparred later in the afternoon and I was lucky enough to see it and get a few photographs, they will appear later. These are different photos not the same one cropped closer. Note the inside of the ear of the spike buck, it has a "4" tattooed on the inside. Could this be the way they tag the deer in SNP?

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4 comments:

HANNIBAL said...

Again Brad, I must say just how lucky you are to see this behavior! And so close! SNP must be gold for photographers! Excellent shots as usual! I also wondered if they might be siblings...

Heather said...

Wow I will be interested to learn about the 4 tattoo... maybe they do this to keep the animals more "natural looking" for photographs? That seems like a timely process. Great shots!

This DVM's Wife's Life said...

Those are amazing captures! Wow that would be so neat to see. Love your photography tips as well! Thank you!

Willard said...

Wonderful action shots, Brad. I have not read or heard anything about this, but I would almost guarantee that this is SNPs equivalent of the ear tags in our elk. I much prefer the SNP method as it is so unobtrusive looking.