Friday, June 27, 2008

Whitetail deer - 4

Here is another example of a whitetail deer standing in a rare spot of sunshine in the deeply shaded woods.  It's as though he knows I can't get a good portrait of him otherwise.

The antlers are in velvet and still growing.  They will be very large by fall.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Whitetail deer - 3

This whitetail buck was bedded in a protective tangle of trees and limbs.   He probably thought he was hidden enough that I wouldn't see him but I sensed that if I moved any closer he would bolt.  I took a couple photos and moved on without disturbing him further.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Whitetail deer - 2

This buck spotted me as I was stalking through the woods.  His antlers are in velvet and still growing.  The woods were mostly in deep shade because of the thick, high canopy but he stepped into a sunbeam that really highlighted his antlers and ears.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Whitetail deer

This doe spotted me on the other side of a large tree that had blown down.  I took the first image quickly with the lens zoomed to 400mm and got a nice shot.  The deer didn't run immediately so I had time to look at the overall scene and notice the natural framing of  the tree trunks and assorted branches.  I then zoomed back out to about 260mm and got the second shot.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Prairie Dog Hunt -2

Another image from the prairie dog hunt.  This young shooter has just fired his rifle and the ejected cartridge case is visible in mid-air behind him.

The targets can be several hundred yards out so the rifle is steadied on the bench and sandbags.

Friday, June 6, 2008

Prairie Dog Hunt -1

This is from a recent prairie dog hunt  that I photographed.  One spotter looking for targets and a shooter with rifle at the bench, also looking for targets.  The Wyoming prairie is the setting with visible prairie dog mounds.

This hunt was enjoyable for the hunters but also a service for the local ranchers who hope to control the rodent population.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Senior Prom 2

Here is another pose of the senior prom couple in their formal attire.  We placed them at one end of a wooden footbridge with the sun at their backs.  No squinting this way and we used fill flash to lighten the shadow area.

The railings of the bridge draw the viewer's eye toward the couple.  We also shot one in the vertical orientation and that also looked very nice.