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(June 19th) Wee Little One
(June 19th) Wee Little One

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Camera: Nikon D100
Lens: Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG Macro for Nikon
Location: Big Meadows (Skyline Drive) Va
Date: Jun 16, 2009
Aperture: f/6.3
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/125
Galleries: Animals
Date Uploaded: Jun 19, 2009

Viewed: 314
Comments: 11
Favorites: 5 (view)

This is my first wild animal shot that wasn't in a zoo. Timing and luck was on my side that day.

Tuesday got off work early and headed out to Big Meadows for the afternoon along with a short hike. Once I arrived and put all my gear on - headed out to see what could be found. Headed to the far left of the Meadow to follow the tree line since all the Tourist were on the right walking around the fire road.

Once getting a good distance out, there was a Deer about 300 yards ahead. Long story short, once close enough - I noticed the little one walking around her mothers legs. The mother allowed me to get (no joke) 15 feet away from them. Sat down in the grass and began to click away. At one point (looking through the view finder), the little fawn started trotting towards me and looked as though she was going to jump in my lap. The Mother cut her off in the nick of time.

I've never seen a Fawn in real life before this moment. It was an absolute treat to have her and the Mother meer feet away from me for more than 20min. What a gift. Hope you enjoy.

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06/23/2009 11:49:20 AM
the colors and detail are gorgeous, great light too.
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06/21/2009 05:53:16 AM
Beautiful capture. I have fond memories from many years ago of blueberry picking in Big Meadow and then going back to the campground and making blueberry pancakes and blueberry syrup. Quite often we were joined in our picking by deer.
Thanks for the memories.
Great shot.
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06/21/2009 02:18:05 AM
Marvelous shot. You were very lucky to put yourself in the right place to get this shot. This should be on the monthly free study.
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06/20/2009 07:47:47 AM
This is just awesome Tray. You were really fortunate to have this opportunity. The fawn is so clear and the BG is perfect. Great catch!
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06/19/2009 08:41:56 PM
Many thanks for the great comments and the 3 favs! One of those moments in photohraphy and life where everything just clicks.
06/19/2009 08:05:29 PM
Simply gorgeous...love the beautiful softness here. Color, clarity, and atmosphere all blend together to make this exquisite. :)
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06/19/2009 07:54:50 PM
WOW WOW WOW .. this is the most stunning shot ..
i just love the details you've captured in his face, the gorgeous alert expression and the perfect dof .
WOW .. congrats on something totally wonderful .. :)
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06/19/2009 07:36:39 PM
Absolutely brilliant image and story. Great lighting, detail and DOF. You're very lucky to be able to get so close to the wildlife. Around here you're lucky if you can get within 150 feet.
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06/19/2009 06:40:07 PM
Oh how wonderful! This is a gorgeous shot - just as soft and sweet as the animal itself. Lovely comp, light, color, background, DOF - you truly nailed this. And best of all is the story that goes with it! Yes, I very much enjoy it - thanks for sharing this!
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06/19/2009 06:33:51 PM
OH MY!!!! Don't you love it when you see those little guys? I actually see them wheen I'm driving in some neighborhoods - even mine. What a treat. Perfect focus.
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06/19/2009 05:26:39 PM
Must have been a beautiful moment. It's so wonderful to meet this animals in the real world. This young one just looks great!
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