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It is on the remote ridges, far from man, that the encounter enters the soul and becomes magic.

Red deer (Cervus elaphus)
Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise national park, Italy

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Won Top Shot AwardFebruary, 2019
Won Community Choice AwardNovember, 2018
Won Contest Finalist in Underexposure Photo ContestNovember, 2018

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Behind The Lens

Location
In a remote valley of the Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise national park, Italy
Time
Late afternoon, shortly before sunset
Lighting
There was a nice backlight with passing clouds
Equipment
A Nikon D500, Sigma Sport 150-600mm lens and a Manfrotto tripod.
Inspiration
Photographing deers in the mate season it's amazing and offers the chance to observe different interesting behaviors. In this occasion I was under my camouflage hide with a wonderful valley before my eyes while I heard a belling deer quite close behind me. I slowly and quietly rotate around my tripod and started shooting this big male which did not seem to realize I was there. I had some time before he left and I managed to take a few nice photos. But, more important, it has been a wonderful experience.
Editing
Just a black and white conversion and a minor light adjustment
In my camera bag
I use a Nikon D500 and Tamron lenses, 18-24mm and a versatile 18-270mm. I also have a Sigma sport 150-600mm, mainly for wildlife. Filters and tripod by Manfrotto. I also have a mirrorless, Nikon1 AW1, as a backup.
Feedback
In order to capture a similar photo the most important thing is patience and, of course, a little bit of luck. You have to be in the right place at the right time and this is something that rarely happens without a long wait. Concerning the shot itself it's really easy. I already had a deer belling on the top of the slope, with a nice backlight. Just had to underexpose and to shoot...

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