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awww that last shot is just beautiful with the evening light! maybe a tad underexposed though

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Ooh! I wish I could be there too. Life's not so beautiful here :( The last pic is outstanding. The one just before that is a perfect candidate for HDR. Because the background is, as seen, very attractive. But did you intentionally make the deer dark? If so, then there's not much to say, but if not, I suggest you try the SPOT metering in Av mode with something way less than f8 and a +ve exposure bias. If your IS works well then you may also try a low shutter speed and spot metering on the deer.

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Not that guy with the camera again.... :roll:

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:lol: yeah!

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The big guy last evening...
Note the coloration or lack there of of his horns?
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From tonight...
Tis the time for them to drop and begin new ones.
Now if I could sneak away from class tomorrow and go find them :twisted:

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Drop horns??? This is the first time I heard this. Awwww..... BTW, how do you know it's the very same deer? Aren't there too many of 'em?

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Drop horns??? This is the first time I heard this.

Yes, deer drop their horns and grow new ones. I used to have a horn laying around somewhere... :)

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Yes ROY1

Annual event.
The horns will grow back covered in velvet for the summer.
The deer in around Sept/Oct depending on weather will rub velvet off on trees and stuff and viola.
Nice set of horns for rutting and displaying whos who of the herd.
A mooses antlers do the same and are reported as one of the fastest growing organisms on the planet.
Known as "sheds" they are quite some trophy's for some.
The faster you can find them the better.
Mice and other small critters will chew on them for calcium and other minerals through the winter.
Mother nature has a purpose for just about everything.

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Its soooo cold here the deer are making themselves scarce.
Even resorting to burying their heads some...lol :lol:
Tough goin for them as they cannot stay atop the crusty snow.
I suspect the coyotes are having a field day :evil: as they can stay ontop.

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Once again great shots. :D


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Ha ha! I finally have some deer to post :D, these are pretty much tame animals, and are kept in a pen at my college for the game management students, I snapped these with my 18-55mm kit lens- these are some pretty hefty crops so quality won't be so good- next on the shopping list is a 70-300mm AF-S VR Nikkor lens....

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Didn't notice this one until I had a look at then on my camera screen!

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Finally- an un-cropped pic to show you how far away they were- @55mm

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Great shots DaneB...

What type of deer are they?

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seeing as your such a wizz at animals i'm just wondering, are mooses the animals who basically hit their antlers in a tree or rock and make it all bloody and messy so they fall off..? i think i watched it on discovery some time ago and it creeped me out...


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Great shots DaneB...

What type of deer are they?


they're Sika - Cervus nippon originally from the far east, introduced here (England) in 1860- they interbreed with the native reds and degrade their genetic integrity- still, they're here....:)

Easy way to tell reds and sika apart- sika have that white spot on the outside of the leg- also angle btw brow tines and main beams <90 deg- sika... >90 deg- red

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seeing as your such a wizz at animals i'm just wondering, are mooses the animals who basically hit their antlers in a tree or rock and make it all bloody and messy so they fall off..? i think i watched it on discovery some time ago and it creeped me out...
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i think you're referring to them shedding their velvet? all animals with antlers do that- the velvet protects them when they are growing- when the are fully grown, the velvet dies, and the animals rub the velvet off their antlers which is essentially bone and is dead so they don't feel anything as there are no nerves to the antlers- (there are at the crowns or bases as they are known) the velvet is a network of blood vessels to supply blood, and nutrients to the growing antlers

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