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Forest Denizen

Posted by
Lee (Fort Frances Ontario, Canada) on 29 January 2010 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

I am always asked, "How do you get them to look at you"?

Well, it's simple. I always have my camera with me. It is always ready with a strong (400mm) lens attached. It is prefocused (roughly at about 300 feet. I have the aperture preselected and the shutter speed set for the current conditions. A few test shots every now and then will confirm this. And most importantly, keep the camera awake. I know it uses battery power, however, the animal or bird will not sit patiently while you are waiting for the camera to activate itself.

That way when you trip onto a critter, or they trip onto you all you need to do is aim and click with only a slight focus adjustment.
You usually have enough time to gather a shot or two before they hear smell or see you. Now here's the anwer to the question above. - When they first see you, an animal will pause and process what it sees for a second or two. It will be looking directly at you while doing this. Keep shooting and hope like hell you have it focused and exposed properly. (ha)

Happy shooting this weekend. I have proof that smiling looks good on a person. So, smile while enjoying this weekend.

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Anastasiya from Kiev, Ukraine

what a great photo! Wonderful detail and colors.

29 Jan 2010 5:18am

Daniel from Kenmare, United States

he does look like a demon!

29 Jan 2010 5:18am

Photosanity from Folsom, United States

Great capture Lee and thanks for sharing your secret. I will make sure I am prepared on my next photo trip.

29 Jan 2010 6:16am

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

He's got his eye on you, nice one

29 Jan 2010 6:34am

Lyl & Roll from France

Quelle allure majestueuse et j'aime la neige accrochée autour de son museau.

29 Jan 2010 7:32am

MK from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

thanks for the tip, n thanks for sharing this wonderful photo

29 Jan 2010 8:30am

Veronique from Sarrouilles, France

fantastic ! and perfectly focussed :-)

29 Jan 2010 9:39am

Baby Sis from Canada

Beautiful picture. Looks very proud. ou keep smiling too, have a great weekend. :))))))

29 Jan 2010 9:42am

Florence from Paris, France

your preparation "before teh shot" is remarkable and very professional Lee. It results a wonderful portrait of a gorgeous animal.

29 Jan 2010 9:52am

Vitor Martins from Lisboa, Portugal

Beautiful, great focus and light.

29 Jan 2010 10:10am

Jason Kravitz from Brussels, Belgium

nice tips thanks Lee - have a good weekend !

29 Jan 2010 10:16am

Loner from Wörgl, Austria

Hello, Lee. Very well done. I can confirm everything you say. If this is indeed always pleasant, always willing to be. But the only way to do it. Congratulations on your great photo!

29 Jan 2010 12:03pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Nicely done Lee! ;-)

29 Jan 2010 1:17pm

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Great tips Lee, and one of the best animal shots I've seen for a long time in here.

29 Jan 2010 2:11pm

Self-Indulgence from Chicagoland, United States

That is definitely in your two second window. I have done this too with deer. They look at you and then they bolt. But they really study you for a moment. I have had them play peek-a-boo in the long grasses, totally duck out of sight after people spotting me, and then suddenly leap out and vanish in the next patch of long grass. They really are more clever than people give them credit for. Good capture.. and please, continue hunting as long as it's with a camera ;)

29 Jan 2010 3:30pm

Garfield from Ancaster Ontario, Canada

Wow, inspiring. And the background is gorgeous ... also it's color. Well done

29 Jan 2010 4:40pm

Lyl and Roll from Besançon, France

He seems to be so proud... And we can anderstand why... A great portrait Lee !

29 Jan 2010 5:13pm

MMC Photos from THE COLONY, United States

Great shot of the young buck! He looks rather like a llama.

29 Jan 2010 8:05pm

LauraS from Chico, United States

Great shot and great advice. You just shoot before they decide to charge you or turn and run away, eh?

29 Jan 2010 8:52pm

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

you must have been a boy scout....always prepared!! Great catch !!

30 Jan 2010 12:43am

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

Wow, you really got this one with eyelashes and all! Gorgeous animal!

31 Jan 2010 8:31am

Didier DE ZAN from somewhere, France

Great capture

1 Feb 2010 5:55am

Barbara Kile from Ft. Worth, United States

Lovely lighting on this beautiful deer!

4 Feb 2010 3:40am

Joanne from United States

Gorgeous creature and great capture! I'm less than an amateur, but had fun in a photo opportunity with some elk while on a tram tour I posted recently. Love all your wildlife and Mother Winter landscapes. Phenomenal gallery.

4 Feb 2010 9:51pm