Yesterday I had the great privilege of getting up close to two wonderful red deer stags here in the New Forest National Park. If you know how to behave around them and allow them to come to you, you will get beautiful views. Both these stags walked straight towards me until they were so close they didn’t fit in the lens any more. The rutting season is just getting going so these stags are wandering round looking for females. To illustrate how dangerous the fighting can be, take a close look at the big stag in the first photo and you will see he is blind in his left eye.
A walk with Vincent is always fun. Get the camera ready and plan what you are going to do and you get some great action photos. I love the ears and I love the eyes!
Celebrating National Cupcake Week.
When I enter the camera club (Southampton Camera Club) competitions I like to try to keep a broad range of work in my entries. These 2 photos did pretty well both gaining me a Seal of Merit. Very different to each other but I quite like the fact that they were taken in almost the same place. I enjoy my wildlife photography but for me the emphasis is still more on the photography than the wildlife so I often go down to Pennington Marshes when the light is very good. On this occasion Alastair, who is one of our better runners at my running club (New Forest Runners) was out on an early morning run and he provided the perfect “point of interest” subject matter for the beautiful golden light that morning. The spoonbill is a rare bird for this country but is now getting more common especially here in the South of England. They are not brilliant flyers and can have awkward, almost clumsy landings and that can provide good photo opportunities.
Both the red deer and the fallow deer’s antlers are nearly full grown now but they are still covered in that lovely soft velvet that provides blood and nutrients to the growing bone. It’s a great time to get out early and photograph them especially around dawn when the light is beautiful.
Father’s day is just over a week away. Have you thought what to by him?
How about a family photo shoot?
It will be a fun day out for everybody and you will get some great photos to frame and keep. It can be something that makes you laugh or a photo of his lovely children or a simple family group photo. I can supply a gift card to be used when you wish. Here’s a few examples of photos I’ve done in the past to give you some ideas. If you are interested then give a call on 07920 887909