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Byronfairphotography January 28, 2018
Beautiful scene. / Voted

Behind The Lens

Location
Surprisingly, this was shot in my backyard, in the Northern Virginia suburbs of Washington, DC, just a couple of blocks from the Capital Beltway.
Time
This was about mid-afternoon. I was relaxing out on my deck while my barbecue pork cooked in the smoker, enjoying a sunny afternoon.
Lighting
It was a bright, sunny day, but the fawn was standing in the back part of my yard, in the shade of some tall oak trees, creating highly variable lighting.
Equipment
This handheld shot was taken with a Pentax *ist DL camera, using a Pentax DA 50-200 mm zoom lens.
Inspiration
I had my camera out on the deck with me as I was trying (unsuccessfully) get some interesting photos of the cooking process for my pork. I happened to look up and see a pair of fawns slowly grazing in the yard, so I carefully picked up my camera and tried to get some shots without spooking them. There are a surprising number of deer in the neighborhood, and I've attempted to photograph them at other times, but this was a rare opportunity for an unobstructed view at a moment when I was actually prepared to capture it.
Editing
No post-processing. This image is straight from the camera.
In my camera bag
Because I was at home, most of my equipment was inside, and I only had my camera out on the deck with me. Normally, when I'm planning to take photos, I have camera and at least a couple of different lenses to cover the range from wide angle to telephoto.
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It is easy to think about taking photos when we visit someplace new and unfamiliar. However, when we are in familiar surroundings, we can come to take the scenery for granted, and fail to appreciate the opportunities for great photos in and near our own homes. Take some time to imagine that you are new to the community and try to see it with fresh eyes. There are opportunities for great shots everywhere...you just have to pay attention.

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