E.J.Wilkins

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Sika Deer


Leaving the scene!

I'm going to seriously indulge myself this week because I saw something on Sunday afternoon that I've never seen before. I hope you'll enjoy the pictures I'm going to share with you. This one should probably be at the end of the series, because it was almost the last photograph I managed to take.

We went for a walk in the New Forest not far from - Beaulieu - and spotted a group of Deer about a hundred yards from the path. (*edit 01/02/08 - At first incorrectly identified as Red Deer) There were several Stags, Does and youngsters, happily browsing. We watched them for a few minutes - until one of the stags spotted us and made a run for it. Actually, that's not true, he didn't run he bounced - all four feet off the ground at the same time.

Here he goes - on his way out of the picture and off into the trees.

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I've broken the rules by cropping the picture so that he doesn't have space to run into - because he was about to disappear behind a branch that was just in front of me and was so seriously out of focus that it spoiled the picture.

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This shot was taken using the 40 - 150 mm, f4.5 - 5.6 standard telephoto zoom kit lens that came with my Olympus E-400. This lens gives a 35mm equivalent range of 80 - 300 mm. Some technical brains refer to this lens as "low end", "consumer" or "budget" equipment.
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Sika Deer


Leaving the scene!

I'm going to seriously indulge myself this week because I saw something on Sunday afternoon that I've never seen before. I hope you'll enjoy the pictures I'm going to share with you. This one should probably be at the end of the series, because it was almost the last photograph I managed to take.

We went for a walk in the New Forest not far from - Beaulieu - and spotted a group of Deer about a hundred yards from the path. (*edit 01/02/08 - At first incorrectly identified as Red Deer) There were several Stags, Does and youngsters, happily browsing. We watched them for a few minutes - until one of the stags spotted us and made a run for it. Actually, that's not true, he didn't run he bounced - all four feet off the ground at the same time.

Here he goes - on his way out of the picture and off into the trees.

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I've broken the rules by cropping the picture so that he doesn't have space to run into - because he was about to disappear behind a branch that was just in front of me and was so seriously out of focus that it spoiled the picture.

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This shot was taken using the 40 - 150 mm, f4.5 - 5.6 standard telephoto zoom kit lens that came with my Olympus E-400. This lens gives a 35mm equivalent range of 80 - 300 mm. Some technical brains refer to this lens as "low end", "consumer" or "budget" equipment.
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comments (37)

  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 28 Jan 2008, 00:22
Good capture love the title
EJWilkins: It seemed the best title at the time, I was in such a hurry to post this picture - otherwise you'd have had a flower!
Awesome capture of the fast running (bouncing) motion, Ellie. It goes to my likey file.
EJWilkins: Wow, thanks Mary. I hope you'll like the rest of them too. smile
  • mick
  • 28 Jan 2008, 00:35
love this one ellie.
EJWilkins: Thanks Mick smile
  • johnnyg
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 28 Jan 2008, 01:51
Head straight, eyes focused and ..... he's gone !
EJWilkins: Yep, and fast too!
Nice capture, Ellie! It just goes to show that labels like "low end" are misleading. It's the eye behind the equipment first, and the equipment second.
EJWilkins: It is misleading, especially with Olympus lenses because the new ones have been designed for digital - they're smaller and lighter than other lenses, are so portable and the camera's incredibly responsive too.
divine creature
EJWilkins: He is. smile
I hope you'll manage to see the rest of the picture, I think you'll enjoy them
  • Richa
  • United States
  • 28 Jan 2008, 07:13
Great shot Ellie! Its galloping pretty fast, its a very neat job.
EJWilkins: he was going incredibly fast, and in such a peculiar way too
  • anniedog
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 28 Jan 2008, 08:10
Faantastic action shot. The blurred background and legs really add to the sense of movement. Great stuff.
Ingrid
EJWilkins: Looking at the picture I think I should have cropped a bit lower - to get rid of some of the branches, hindsight is a wonderful thing. I'm still very pleased with the shot though, I'd have been so disappointed if it hadn't worked out.
  • Ann
  • SucÚ sur Erdre - France
  • 28 Jan 2008, 08:11
Beautiful action shot !!! We can feel the speed here !!! Well done ...
EJWilkins: Absolutely, he was going very fast
  • Ginnie
  • United States
  • 28 Jan 2008, 08:41
We don't care what "they" say, Ellie. This is delightful!

And did you know that you captured a HART for me (male red deer)!
EJWilkins: Ah, yes. There'll be some more treats for you this week Ginnie. wink
This is a wonderful and unique capture Ellie. Great speed effect. Well done
EJWilkins: It is unique Richard, for me anyway. Thanks smile
  • mickyboy
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 28 Jan 2008, 09:31
I should think this this is hard to capture. I think it is fantastic. You are lucky to get the chance. Great shot
EJWilkins: If I'd thought about what I was doing I'd have missed the shot, so it was pure luck rather than judgement. We were so lucky smile
  • Pops
  • United Kingdom
  • 28 Jan 2008, 09:45
Excellent example of panning a shot
EJWilkins: I'm pleased with it - never thought about panning before, always sounded too hard!
  • ray
  • Thailand
  • 28 Jan 2008, 12:07
Lucky you, Ellie, to get an opportunity to capture this hnadsome fellow. Great sense of movement all around, and you have stopped him nicely in mid-bounce.
EJWilkins: I know, I still can't believe it! Tomorrow there's a picture of some of the group - I think you'll understand why I'm indulging myself this week wink
  • Tracy
  • Stoke on Trent UK
  • 28 Jan 2008, 12:50
If the equipment works ok, who cares if it's said to be budget.
You have captured a fine shot Elliesmile
EJWilkins: Thanks Tracy, you're right about the gear, I ought to stop worrying
  • iain
  • Toronto
  • 28 Jan 2008, 12:58
Nice job on the panning ellie! There is such a sense of speed in this photo! Really good timing and capture. That little e-400 obviously reacts nice and quick.

Speaking of the E-400, check out this post: http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1022&message=26461461 on dpreview from a fellow e-400 shooter posting his 'best of'. I was amazed at the image quality off that camera! I think it might even be better than the 410.
EJWilkins: It might be the first time I've ever 'panned', didn't realise at the time. It is a good camera, and is extremely responsive.
I don't know if you might be able to get one - they're going quite cheaply now and are superb for carrying around all day. I'll look at the article later, thanks smile
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 28 Jan 2008, 12:59
Yes and what you afford is what you can afford. And what you can do with it is what you can do with it. And you are doing great. I have read about them and maybe hae seen pictures of them grazing docilely. This is great and I like it.
EJWilkins: Well, actually, you're right there Louis - can afford what we can afford - end of.
I'm still amazed by these deer, and so grateful the camera did what it was made to do smile
  • Zeus
  • Tropical London
  • 28 Jan 2008, 13:32
Great capture Ellie! Schmashing! H.
EJWilkins: Thank you so much smile
  • Kathryn
  • Germany
  • 28 Jan 2008, 15:03
Your deer has a very dimensional aspect to him as is he is 3D even in the motion or mostly likely because of the motion of the background.

I don't know much about the lens, but am wondering if it has VR. I'd be interested to know.
EJWilkins: No, there's no image stablisation or vibration reduction on either the camera or the lens, yet it's a very 'fast' camera.
Because it isn't very big, and the new design of lenses are smaller and lighter it's quite easy to hold steady so it doesn't really need it.
I'm actually very pleased with what this camera can do, but every so often I get a crisis of confidence.
This is terrific. Red Deer are very elusive. The feel of the speed he is going at is great. Forget all the tosh about equipment. All expensive equipment does is use more pixels to take the same picture.
EJWilkins: I know they're elusive, and I (we) couldn't believe our eyes when they almost waited for me to take some pictures before running off. We were sooooo lucky.
Ellie - what a capture! You must be thrilled to bits. Fantastic sense of movement. (:o)
EJWilkins: Absolutely thrilled to bits, you're right ... but ... wait and see, there are some more to come. I'm sure you'll like them smile
  • Astrid
  • The Netherlands
  • 28 Jan 2008, 17:52
You lucky one, this is a million in one shot, so very well captured, I think it is just amazing you kept cool and went with the movement...nice job here,
thanks for sharing!!!
EJWilkins: Oh very lucky Astrid, so very lucky smile
  • Aksel
  • Sweden
  • 28 Jan 2008, 19:24
I like it - beautiful animal - and I think you got it in focus - love the colours and light in the background as well..
EJWilkins: I know! In focus was such a bonus! I'm surprised you didn't hear my delight when I opened the pictures and saw so many 'keepers'.
  • Chris
  • Isle of Wight (UK)
  • 28 Jan 2008, 22:00
Very well done Ellie, have you purchased the tin of deer rub yet wink
EJWilkins: Thinking about it Chris wink
  • Dave Wilkins
  • Recovering from surgery in Ireland
  • 28 Jan 2008, 22:44
Probably the best motion capture I've seen on SC...very well done!
EJWilkins: Aww Dave, that's so kind of you, thank you smile
  • Chris Phillips
  • 29 Jan 2008, 00:06
Wow - what wonderful capture: congratulations!
EJWilkins: Thanks Chris, I'm still smiling. I hope you enjoy the others too smile
Excellent! Nice catch.
EJWilkins: Weren't we lucky smile
  • Jewlya
  • United States
  • 29 Jan 2008, 01:36
Great movement shot!
  • pixelpixie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 29 Jan 2008, 14:15
I like those branches at the top Ellie. Great shot.Wonderful sense of movement. Love it.
  • deji77
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 29 Jan 2008, 23:03
wow!
impressive result smile
Wow! A great work, Ellie! This series of the Red Deers is very interesting!
  • Kay
  • Portland
  • 31 Jan 2008, 03:46
What a handsome deer, Ellie, and this is a great capture. I don't think it's a common sort of picture either. I mean, how often do you see deer running in the woods? Wonderful!!!
  • liam
  • South Africa
  • 31 Jan 2008, 07:58
love it...a likey for sure. I always loved the effect reated with a subject in focus and background with that motion blur
  • Rob
  • 31 Jan 2008, 11:23
This is fantastic! The timing to get the head and horns sharp, but leave the rest of the image blurred is really well done.
Have you played around with the cropping to see if this can improve it further? A 'panorama'/'letterbox' withe the deer just left of the middle looks good to my eye. I placed two 'L' shaped pieces of card to make an adjustable frame (saves time capturing your image and experimenting in Photoshop) over the screen to try different approaches. Just a thought. smile
This one's a cracker : great movement and those winter colours - the browns and greens - are super. Its interesting comparing your photos of the Sika deer with the ones I took of the deer at Margam : Different interpretations of similar subject matter - the woodland habitat of the Sika contrasting with the open parkland at Margam.
Great Ellie ! A very nice and lucky shot : Thumbs up !!
Fantastic shot,great sense of motion,my favourite from the series,nice!

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