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Deer in Richmond Park by ash Deer in Richmond Park by ash
A stag in Richmond Park, London, October 2002
Canon EOS 300, Fuji Neopan 100 Acros, tripod, lab, scanned neg
Criticism welcome
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blinkers Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2007
is richmond park eden, or what?
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narang99 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2002
in London?!
ha ha
Like it, man, the fourground grass looks as if it's glowing
Yah it would be praise, but not everone is like that, i try to give you nice crittism, i rather tell you my real thougs that tell you it's great, and not explain why...
i rather myself get a real comments, then get ''wow'', i might not like that comment, but it's my art in the end of the day.
anyways, i love the the photo, realy like the contrast, the only thing i see the problem beeing is the fourground is abit to blurry but you couldnt have prevented that. I like that the fact that the deer is just relazing. and the way it stairs at you.
very nice, like to see diffrent styles from you
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khalil Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2002
Verunec, I must say that I disagree with you about your "confused with the background" comment.
I like the fact that the picture has an even tonal variation and therefore seems fairly flat. I feel it gives a sense of camouflage. The only way to see the deer is through the way the sharp focus contrasts with the fuzzy background. The antlers are also picked out tonally by being light grey where the backdrop is white and dark grey.

And now for a bit of a tangent. I am trying to figure out why I like this one so much.

I love the sense that this deer is hidden from the viewer. At first glance all that one can see are the antlers kind of floating in the air, then the brain says, "well were the hell is the deer that should be attached to them?" Its only then that the deer's head pops into view. I think that this process of discovery (even if it takes just a few milliseconds) seems to give an added feeling of having discovered this deer in the ferns oneself.
The fact that the deer has eye contact with the viewer also helps in this case.

I must be sounding like a raving nutter, but I can't help feeling that these points are not purely subjective and that there are objective elements present in this picture that make it quite dynamic.
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ash Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2002
Actually 'this criticism' is right, and no criticism is good. It's always nicer to get glowing praise in the short term, but more rewarding in the long term to get good criticism.

I agree with your comment here about the subject being confused with the background. With this shot I've begun to think of it as almost a feature; they're not supposed to be easy to spot, after all, and it seems to be peering at you from out of 'nature' -- but certainly the indistinctness makes the picture less immediately striking. Colour would be one way to make it clearer, as you say, but in this case I would prefer to do it within the b&w. In that sense the real problem is the light; the deer was in shadow and so isn't picked out from the shadows around him.

At least the horns lead the eye to the deer, due to their simple shape and stronger contrast. Anyway thanks again for the criticism, I do appreciate it :) (Smile)

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verunec Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2002
"...those criticisms?" sounds better
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verunec Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2002
Beautiful glance!

The problem in this is similar to the other. The subject is confused with the background. Probably with a color film it could come out better. But this is really a 'shot' (Buuum) this is the real jungle of London!!! Hehe.

I'm I bothering you with all this criticism? :) (Smile)
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khalil Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2002
I can't believe this is the City of London. It could be Norway.
Nice sharp focus.
Good depth of field technique, the resulting sense of depth counteracts any flatness that telephoto lenses have a habit of causing.
Fancy a road trip to one of the South African game parks this summer?
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movie-wizard Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2002   Photographer
Incredable shot! The white tips are awesome!
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amphex Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2002
Beautiful shot..the lighting is perfect =) (Smile)
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king-kong Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2002   Photographer
wow..

nice contrasting levels

and the stare back from the buck -- frightful!!
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