A long lens is essential for wildlife photography but there’s more too using the long lens than just pointing it in the right direction. Long lenses have the ability to isolate the background by having a narrow depth of field. This is great to keep the focus on your subject. However, in low light situations, there is always going to be more noise and in that narrow depth of field, noise is going to become more obvious. This Mule Deer Buck came out at sundown and I wasn’t going to miss the opportunity. Even though I knew there was going to be more noise I increased the ISO, opened up to let in as much light as possible and made a couple of clicks.
I see this a lot when it comes to wildlife photography, photographers going after the big bulls or big bucks and forgetting about the Doe’s and Calves. They are all important and to show a complete biological history of the species they all need to be photographed.
The same rules and practices that govern wildlife apply here. Look for the best light and interesting backgrounds. This was taken on an early frosty morning with the D5 and 200-400 VR. Now if you’ve ever worked with deer then you know they can be pretty shy. You have to be patient and move slowly so that you don’t scare them. Then once you get in position wait for the moment when their ears are forward. Ears back means unhappy, ears forward means alert but also okay. Little details like the ears are important to watch.
Much to my regret i have been unable to go out shooting lately, school work has bogged me down again, yippee….. So i thought i would pull one out of the files. A little while ago i was rescuing images and getting them properly stored. Always fun process. After i had finished i went through some of my images reminiscing as it were and came to this one. I realized at this point that out of all the time here in Montana, and the frequency in which i see Mule Deer, I have hardly any images of them. Funny.
Images captured with D70, 300f4, on Lexar UDMA Digital Film