Study Of A Red Deer Stag - (Cervus elaphus) by Robert Taylor

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A Resting Red Deer Stag – (Cervus elaphus)
The Red Deer is one of the largest species of deer.
The Red Deer is also the largest non-domesticated mammal still existing in some European countries such as the United Kingdom and also in Ireland.


antlers, cervus elaphus, horns, red deer


  • DutchLumix
    DutchLumixalmost 4 years ago

    Awesome capture !!!

    Kind Regards,
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  • Thank you Erik……I was only about 10 feet away.

    – Robert Taylor

  • gottheshot
    gottheshotalmost 4 years ago

    Once again, focus, eye contact, DOF – all superb.Maybe a little tight at top of antlers but this steers the viewer back to the eyes – so it works.Love the “split” of the grey/green background which also enhances 3D.

  • I agree about being tight at the top but as I wanted a head shot & omitted to show ALL the antlers I thought I’d get away with it…lol
    Thanks for the in depth analysis…..much appreciated.

    – Robert Taylor

  • gottheshot
    gottheshotalmost 4 years ago

    PART 2 I think this shot emphasises the face more and so you have achieved your goal. Me I sometimes crop the heads of a monkey photo in order to emphasise their eyes and expression. Your in camera framing is down to the wire perfection – and the quality of the focus and the whole image – overrides any of my comments. Its EXCELLENT. You did get away with it – it was a bold and wise move and it gets the head of the deer larger in frame – it cuts out any distractions that would happen if you zoomed out.- look at them eyes looking directly to camera – the little gap to edges for the ears – really cool. Perfect !!

  • Thank you SO much for all that.
    The trouble with a Deer Portrait is that their antlers are so large that IF you include them it makes the face in the frame SO small & seems to be lost…….so….I usually do a few of each…..that way I have all the bases covered…lol

    – Robert Taylor

  • gottheshot
    gottheshotalmost 4 years ago

    Conclusion: In my book you did the right thing !!! Me I take too many single shots and regret later. I shouldna put “get away with it” in my previous comment – I meant that your shot is not lessened in any way. I must like your shot cos this is the most I have EVER written on a photo. Have a good day – I must save some typing for your other shots :DDDDDDDD

  • lol

    – Robert Taylor

  • caybeach
    caybeachalmost 4 years ago

    Great shot!

  • Thank you very much Cay.

    – Robert Taylor

  • TeresaB
    TeresaBalmost 4 years ago

    September 11, 2010

  • Thank you very much Teresa……

    – Robert Taylor

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