Monday, October 19, 2009

Second Chance

Kicking up my big buck search a notch, I am spending my evenings and weekend mornings in search of the elusive pre-rut monster bucks. They are on the move and the the best times to spot one is early mornings and dusk. I found this one at dusk, and wouldn't you know, the first shot was taken in "auto" which totally threw quality out the window. It's too bad, because he was really close and I liked that he was in some trees with a doe. The second shot is when he decided to leave, but luckily, at his own pace. He didn't like my presence, but he didn't run either, so I got a second chance. Both shots are still not up to standards, but what can you do with low light, forcing the ISO to extreme highs. I am just lucky enough to even have the encounter.






11 comments:

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Wow,that's one good looking animal.Low light is a challenge.
Blessings,Ruth

Montanagirl said...

Well, they are both beautiful captures.

Chris said...

Hi,
I also think these are beautiful captures and yes we are entering a period in which taking pictures is gonna be a day-to-day combat with low light. I guess we have to use the tripod soon again and get some kind of steady animlas!!!

Bird Girl said...

Wow, Hannibal! I really like the light in that first shot - or the color? Both shots are amazing to me! I have never seen such a big monster buck - I'm coming to your spot ;-)
You are so, so, so good at stalking these guys - they can only be thankful that you hunt with your lens and not a rifle scope!
By the way - thanks for your uplifting comment. Maybe I'll get to see at least a few bigger than I've seen so far!

Shelley said...

That is one magnificent buck! (my hubby would be salivating about now!) And you captured him in gorgeous lighting!

fotoshooter43 said...

Absolutely Outstanding!!!!!!

jalynn01 said...

wow! You captured one big buck with an awesome rack. Love it!

Coy said...

Outstanding! If only we had bucks like this in Pa :)

Low light is the constant companion of the deer photographer and here you & your epuipment handled it quite well!

Willard said...

An amazing animal. I wish we had bucks like that here!

It is also amazing what the modern DSLR will do in low light. I know it can be frustrating that the sharpness, etc. that we expect in excellent light is not there, but the plus is that we could not have gotten the photo at all only a few years ago.

Eve said...

That buck looks like he's got his dander up!! Great shots Hannibal!

prashant said...

they are both beautiful captures.
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