Red Deer in Richmond Park

“The King and the Dark”

I never thought I would take a predawn wildlife shot that was a keeper. In fact, I was happy enough with this shot that it made it framed onto my wall and into my portfolio.

I was following this guy for a while. It was grey and overcast and I was shooting through the foliage to try and bring in some colour and warmth. When he stepped into a pool of light, I grabbed this frame.

I was shooting on a 30-year-old, manual focus 300mm 2.8 and the stag held just still enough that I could get a sharp image at 1/30 sec and ISO 3200. Thank goodness for IBIS and high ISO performance (and the bit of luck that I needed to nail focus.) Wildlife photography is not my mainstay, but getting a good wildlife shot is one of the most gratifying experiences I’ve had in photography.

This picture was was taken near the Isabella Plantation in Richmond Park.


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