Robert Coleman  

Young Buck by Robert Coleman

July 2024 - Young Buck

July 2024 - Robert Coleman


About the Image(s)

I was walking in the wooden park behind our house, and hoping to see the red shouldered hawk who frequents the area. I ran across the local deer herd grazing on the vegetation. At least they weren’t grazing on our flowers, which are not as deer resistant as advertised. I grew up in a rural area and it was a rare occurrence to see a buck out in the open. This herd often gathers in the cul-de-sac of our suburban neighborhood.

Noise reduction and sharpening in DxO PhotoLab. Further editing in Lightroom Classic.

3 comments posted

Michael Hrankowski   Michael Hrankowski
Robert, you've captured a beautiful portrait of this guy! IMO, it is compositionally and technically very well done. I particularly like how you've isolated the subject from the background with your choice of aperture. The blurred foliage on the left side of the frame gives me the sense that you were hiding in wait and it serves to further direct my eye toward the buck. If I had any suggestion at all, it would be to add a slight vignette to further direct the viewer's eye. Very nicely done!   Posted: 07/06/2024 23:03:45

Ruth Sprain   Ruth Sprain
Robert, I like the sharp and wide-eyed look of this young buck. For me, the treat is seeing his small antlers just forming. While I'm often distracted by blurring of foliage in the foreground, in this case, it adds to the charm of the unexpected nature of your wildlife spotting. While you don't list your camera settings, they work well to blur the background just enough to keep my eyes on the buck.

Hope the deer continue to find other vegetation to munch instead of your flowers!   Posted: 07/11/2024 11:24:39

Andres Valdespino   Andres Valdespino
Great shot on all levels. The sharpening really brings out the buck's torso. I might have been tempted to erase the whitish branch on the right side, but that is an extreme nit-pick. It is not in the least distracting. Beautiful.   Posted: 07/11/2024 14:59:15


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