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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