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They briefly stopped splashing in the puddles, as if they were planning their next moves...the humor continued when the one on the right started sticking out hi...
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They briefly stopped splashing in the puddles, as if they were planning their next moves...the humor continued when the one on the right started sticking out his tongue. It was like he was taunting the others!
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Behind The Lens

I took this photo right outside my house in Whitney, Texas. We'd just had a huge rainstorm that left large puddles in the fields across the road. I stepped outside to shoot some of the landscape, and I found around seven deer playing in the puddles! Even the deer were celebrating the much needed rainfall, and it was an absolute joy to watch!
This was taken in the late afternoon, around 5:00. The rain clouds were lingering in the sky, so there was no direct sunlight. It was definitely one of those "cross one off your bucket list" moments for me. These big bucks sparred with each other and played in the puddles just like little boys. I watched them until it was too dark to take photographs of their antics any longer.
I had to play with the settings in my camera before I got decent photographs. I had to make sure the image quality was on "shade" so that the deer were clear in the image. So I guess my best advice about lighting is that you need to know how to change your camera's image quality to sunlight, shade, cloudy, etc. That way, you don't miss these once in a lifetime moments.
I used my Canon Rebel t6i and Tamron SP150-600mm lens. I didn't want to spook the deer, so I didn't have a chance to get my tripod. Instead, I propped my camera body on the fence.
It was a completely spur-of-the-moment shot...I heard the deer splashing in the puddles, and I turned and started shooting. It was so exciting to see them playing right in front of me! I took this photo when they briefly took a break from running around in the water, and it wasn't until I was processing the images that I saw one of the deer was sticking out his tongue at his friends. I loved the fun, whimsical aspect it portray...even the animals love to have fun! They were just as happy about the cool, fresh rain as we were!
I did some minor color adjustment to the photo, just to make the deer stand out.
In my camera bag
I normally carry a Canon Rebel t6i and a Canon Rebel t5. My favorite lenses are my Tamron SP150-600 mm and a Tamron 70-300mm. I find that with these two cameras/lens, I can usually get just about any nature photo that I want.
Be observant! And realize that sometimes the best means of finding a good photographing opportunity isn't always through your sight...if I hadn't heard the deer splashing in the puddles, I probably would never have looked away from my landscape shots. It was my ears that alerted me to their presence, and I'm so grateful that I had the chance to witness their impromptu playtime. Keep your ears open when your out in nature, so you don't miss a moment like this one! :)

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