The sun never gets very high this time of year in Michigan. The angle was alright, then, even though the photo was taken at about 3 o'clock. I normally prefer softer light but I was struck by the strong rim light on the side of the buck's neck and on the top of his head. Also, because of the backlighting I didn't have to deal with uneven shadows on the face or body. The antlers show well against the darker background. The deer is alert with both ears pointed forward. 100-400 lens at 400mm, 1/400 second at f/5.6, ISO 1000, handheld with image stabilization.