Little Prince in the Snow

Taken in my backyard. Usually I see these deer traveling together, but this young one was braving heavy snow by himself.

Taken in my backyard. Usually I see these deer traveling together, but this young one was braving heavy snow by himself.
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Behind The Lens

This image was taken behind my house. After waiting for about 20 minutes, I decided that it was unlikely to see anything interesting. As I opened the door to go into the house, my 9-year old son whispered excitedly to me and pointed out this deer.
This image was taken in the afternoon around 5pm. Snow had started falling about an hour earlier.
This image is shot in natural light. As I often do, I had the camera drive set for 3 bracketed exposures per shot. This allows me to create an HDR stack if desired, or just pick the best exposure for my purposes. In this case, I decided to use only 1 of the 3 exposures and I picked one that was well-focused.
Shot with a Canon 6D and a Sigma 150-500mm telephoto.
Deer are common in the area (and folks regularly share pictures/videos taken with phones), so I wanted to take a photograph that required good gear and showed something less-frequently seen.
I adjusted curves and exposure to get the image to the desired brightness. I used Photoshop/Lightrooms Dehaze effect to restore clarity/contrast that had been lost due to the amount of snow in the air between me and the subject.
In my camera bag
I typically carry the Sigma 150-500mm, the Rokinon 14mm wide angle, and a Canon 24-105mm L. I usually carry my Giottos tripod in the car, even if I don't think I'll need it. I'm also a big fan of the Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II for low-light and action photography.
Know your equipment well. Good wildlife shots are often taken in less-than-ideal lighting and require rapid response from the photographer.

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