Northern Utah Mule Deer

Mule Deer doe close upMule Deer doe close up – Nikon D500, f7.1, 1/1250, ISO 500, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x Tc, natural light

I haven’t posted any Mule Deer since the doe I photographed whose face was covered in spider webs and actually had a spider on her muzzle so I thought I’d post two deer I photographed last week.

Last Friday while looking for birds in the West Desert of Tooele County I saw a doe cross the road in a canyon and she stopped to look around where she was so close I couldn’t even fit all of her ears in the viewfinder. I decided to take photos of her any way and hoped to show her beauty up close. Typically I wouldn’t like to not show her entire head but I thought this image worked well.

Back lit Mule Deer buckBack lit Mule Deer buck – Nikon D500, f7.1, 1/640, ISO 640, +1.3 EV, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x Tc, natural light

Then last Saturday I saw a buck out in grassy a field in Box Elder County with the sun behind him and while I normally don’t like to take back lit images I also don’t like getting into a photographic rut, I want to challenge my skills and try different things. I enjoy trying to work with different lighting situations and seeing the results. I’ve seen some gorgeous back lit images where the rim lighting is simply spectacular. Rim lighting is a light that typically comes from beside or behind a subject. I like the rim lighting in this Mule Deer photo but perhaps it would have been even better just a few minutes earlier when the sun was a little lower.

These two Mule Deer were photographed in different settings, different lighting situations but about the same time of the morning and I find them both appealing.

Life is good.

Mia

8 Comments

  1. azstu October 10, 2017 at 10:23 am

    Masterpieces, them and your images

  2. Patty Chadwick October 9, 2017 at 3:25 pm

    Saw 3 or 4 muleys on a ridge right next to the road as the morning sun was just beginning to rise…they looked like they were outlined in fire,,,backlighting can be very dramatic and beautiful…your stag is a good example…beautiful!

  3. Elephants Child October 9, 2017 at 2:11 pm

    Beautiful things. And I love the detail that we wouldn’t normally see.

  4. Patty Chadwick October 9, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    These are wonderful images! I love seeing the other things that are “out there, too. Thus os an incredible close up portrait of a beautiful animal…

  5. Patty Chadwick October 9, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    These are wonderful images! I love seeing the other things that are “out there, too. Thus os an incredible close up portrait of a beautiful animal…

  6. Pepe Forte October 9, 2017 at 9:32 am

    Simply extraordinary. The depth you captured in the doe’s eye is incredible. Thanks Mia.

  7. Kim October 9, 2017 at 6:18 am

    I agree with Liz! I can almost reach out and touch this doe and I honestly think I can smell her too. You have such talent, Mia!

  8. Liz Cormack October 9, 2017 at 6:11 am

    Mia, you are your own worst critic. These photos are gorgeous. The detail of the doe is absolutely wonderful. Who needs ears in a photo when you can get detail like that.

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