This is not a great shot. I’m under no illusions that it could be a lot sharper, and the composition improved. But I’m just so excited to have got this shot at all, that it had to be my shot of the day. As usual, this wasnt a planned shot. It wasn’t my intention to go looking for a fawn for todays shot – I was actually on my way to some local ruins I’d found out about. But just as I crossed the road to get there, out of the corner of my eye, I saw this little white thing bobbing away in the undergrowth. I thought it was a dog to start with (our local woodland is dog-walker-central) but I soon spotted it wasn’t. I knew I had to get a better angle, and also swap onto my telefocal lens. So once I was set, I tried to walk up the bank, but must have stepped on every branch possible and by the time I got to the top, I all I could see was this white patch bouncing away out of view. I thought my chance was gone, so continued on to the local ruins and got some shots there. Before heading home, I thought I’d have a quick look down the road to see if I could catch a second glimpse. And that’s when I found him again. (I’m guessing it was a ‘him’!) He was no more than 10-metres away in the thick undergrowth. Again I had switch to my telefocal lens (as I’d swapped back to 18-55mm lens for the shots at the ruins) so quickly got that dialled in and started getting some shots. The problem I faced was that I was losing the light fast, so I was faffing with the settings (natural photographer, I know!) trying to get the shutter speed fast enough so I could reduce the camera shake (as I was at the maximum focal length 300mm) and still get the correct exposure. I managed to get some shots, but nothing that I can argue is sharp. Then my little friend, saw another dog-walker and bolted across the road (luckily its a quiet road) but this time I watched him carefully and managed to follow him until he came to rest. Again I started trying to get some shots, but with the sunshine quick disappearing, and being under the trees the light was pretty low, so I again struggled to get a sharp image – finally managed to get a few before he took off once more – and this time I lost him. I kept looking for him, but to no avail. The woodland by our house is a lot bigger than I ever thought (we’ve only been moved in since the summer, and not really done too much exploring locally!) and I keep finding little treasures nearby, so it’s no real surprise I lost him so quickly.
This was the best shot that I managed to get, but I’ll post up the other shots a little later as I’m quite pleased that I managed to get anything like this at all. I’d known we had some deer in the woodland, but hadn’t seen them since probably late August (even then that was only from quite a distance) so although I’d wanted to get a shot, I was completely surprised to find one today.
Next time, I think I’ll be able to dial in the settings a lot quicker. It doesn’t help that my telefocal lens doesn’t have IS (Image-Stabilization) as it was a kit lens that came with the camera. If I ever upgrade it, I’ll be sure to get one with IS so I can get better shots on the telefocal without my tripod. I also think I need to invest in some ninja lessons. I think I am about a good as an elephant when it comes to sneaking up on things, so I will never get chance to get close to the local wildlife unless I improve my ninja abilities! 🙂
Thanks for taking the time to read todays post everyone.