Mule 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 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.