The story behind “the lost deer”
As a nature lover and nature photographer, being able to take some photos early morning is the best way to start the day. The fresh and cold air, the sound of birds singing, the quietness and the surrounding colors make the perfect “relax recipe”. When heading off to the forest, you never know what scene is awaiting for you to be captured. A good combination of soft light and a bit of mist give often great photography opportunities.
Being able to spot some wildlife to be included in my frames is highly desired but luck and most of all patience are key elements. Whether you sit and wait or just take a route around, typically I visit a certain area multiple times before I get lucky and the shot I am looking for.
The photo “the lost deer” was taken during an early morning walk and it came unexpectedly. I was on this nice footpath and the early morning sun started to shine through at its end. Suddenly a little dear appeared from the left. I froze and stood still. Deer is a very shy animal and most of the times they will run quickly away when they spot someone around. The noise of a simple footstep on grass is enough to scare them away. It did not take long until he spotted me. We both stood still for a few seconds. I quickly adjusted my camera setting (faster shutter speed, higher ISO) with my right hand and then quietly hit the shutter button. Photo taken, amazing moment captured, deer gone in matter of seconds. It was a very short face-to-face experience with this cute little deer but filled me with great joy and satisfaction. I love the end result showing a very suggestive tree path, the morning sunlight at its end and icing on the cake the cute deer in the middle of the frame.
Why do I like nature photography? Because it is a harmonic blend of location scouting, right weather conditions, early mornings quietness, patience and unexpected events.
Remember to enjoy your forest walks but please do not forget to keep quiet, maintain good distance from wildlife to not disturb them and walk through visible footpaths.