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41 Comments |
kellyweston PRO+
 
kellyweston November 06, 2018
Absolutely stunning shot!!
BARoland Platinum
 
BARoland November 29, 2018
Amazing shot!!!
simonparry
 
simonparry November 29, 2018
Awesome capture...
hannaharnehlsen
 
hannaharnehlsen November 29, 2018
Bambi just after he lost his mother....incredibly thought provoking
smshaffer PRO+
 
smshaffer November 30, 2018
Awesome capture
Lilgurl Ultimate
 
Lilgurl December 27, 2018
wow what an incredibly sweet photo!
P0ST Ultimate
P0ST July 11, 2023
no photo is worth risking the life of a fawn in hiding
BenjaminHornePhotography PRO
 
BenjaminHornePhotography December 28, 2018
Wow, this is amazing. How far away from the deer were you?
vickiehwright
 
vickiehwright January 01, 2019
How in the world did you get that?? Absolutely Incredible!
mike17
 
mike17 January 02, 2019
Nicely done - beautiful
katherineplessner Platinum
 
katherineplessner January 02, 2019
this is one of the cutest photos I have ever seen--GREAT job
Alfredo_Jose
 
Alfredo_Jose January 03, 2019
Beautiful photograph!
billkuespert PRO+
 
billkuespert January 06, 2019
Isn't it amazing how the young fawns will obey their mother and stay frozen in one spot until she returns! If they do move you have really spooked them or the mother has been gone for too long because something has happened to her and the fawn will turn to you for help. Great shot!
P0ST Ultimate
P0ST July 11, 2023
also invading the space of a fawn is very dangerous, predators may be watching every move a person takes to get their 'admired' photo
emilymcneill
 
emilymcneill January 06, 2019
This should have been the winner! What a fabulous shot! Waiting patiently until Mom comes back. She won't forget where she hid me!
timmcelroy
 
timmcelroy January 07, 2019
Great photo!!
DNproSTUDIO
 
DNproSTUDIO February 24, 2019
great shoot for this animal
Foxyphotos
 
Foxyphotos March 19, 2019
Gorgeous!
marysummers
 
marysummers September 26, 2019
Absolutely beautiful!!..
elenetsartsidze
 
elenetsartsidze January 13, 2020
perfect 👌🏼
Bazz PRO+
 
Bazz March 23, 2020
Fantastic image!
melissaknapp
 
melissaknapp December 24, 2020
❤️
Chloe__Barr
 
Chloe__Barr December 27, 2020
It’s beautiful 😍
maryphippsseward
 
maryphippsseward February 09, 2021
Very lovely!
BrendasPhotography Ultimate
 
BrendasPhotography February 18, 2021
Precious picture!!!
ronshattuck_9532
 
ronshattuck_9532 February 19, 2021
That's one of the closest baby deer shots iv seen
So I gotta know did you accidentally find her or do they bed down close to where you live and you allready had a good idea of where to look. Eather way ausum shot
abievanderwalt
 
abievanderwalt February 25, 2021
Amazing!!!
Cheever2
 
Cheever2 June 04, 2021
You have to be a true artist to capture this precious moment as he hides!
RockyS Platinum
 
RockyS July 04, 2021
Wonderful capture.
nelsonhooker_9765
 
nelsonhooker_9765 February 08, 2022
Beautiful
lauracoxtorgeson_7677
 
lauracoxtorgeson_7677 April 09, 2022
Absolutely beautiful
beanie47
 
beanie47 April 29, 2022
I love the feeling you feel the first time you find
jkelly_7103
 
jkelly_7103 March 11, 2023
exquisite
debbiespeed Ultimate
 
debbiespeed March 14, 2023
Such a serene shot!! I love this picture!!
Savannah2360 PRO
 
Savannah2360 June 22, 2023
Beautiful, absolutely beautiful!
DAsEye Platinum
 
DAsEye June 22, 2023
A masterful shot
darlenepollard
 
darlenepollard June 22, 2023
Beautiful capture!
ZootownAndBeyond
 
ZootownAndBeyond June 23, 2023
Just gorgeous!
vitor Platinum
 
vitor June 30, 2023
marvelous
terryc Platinum
 
terryc June 30, 2023
Stunning work!
Makarina PRO+
 
Makarina June 30, 2023
????
anthonyberryhill
 
anthonyberryhill July 02, 2023
Amazing capture that's awesome!
P0ST Ultimate
 
P0ST July 10, 2023
hope a predator wasn't watching you?
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Behind The Lens

Location

At dawn I was heading out to take care of our chickens and noticed that it appeared that a doe had just given birth to a fawn behind the chicken coop. So as not to scare her, I quietly finished up my morning chores. Later on went back to see if they were still there and saw that she had parked the new born under a Christmas tree behind the chicken coop. I was excited that she had parked the baby and ran for my camera.

Time

This is one of my favorite photos, being able to capture this little one bedded down only after a few hours of being born. I think of it as a chance encounter, since it is rare to witness new life coming into the world and to capture this little beauty was incredible. The photo captured was only a mere couple hours after being born in the early morning. Looking back I wished I had taken the day off from work so that I could have captured more beautiful images of this little one.

Lighting

The mother had tucked the newborn fawn under the Christmas tree where she was partially hidden. Thankfully I was able to spot her as the sun was coming up over the trees since she was nestled in under the branches of the tree. Luckily I was able to get a couple of shots from two different views. The morning sun was just coming up behind us over the trees which helped illuminate her.

Equipment

This was taken with my Canon 80D with a Sigma 150-500mm lens and taken hand held. I like to have my cameras ready at all times in the event that a magic moment appears.

Inspiration

Capturing this photo was a once in a lifetime opportunity for me. We see deer throughout the year on our property, but to be able to capture the moment as a new life is just entering our world was incredible. Who knows when I will be able to witness and capture such another event. I am thankful for the doe who gave birth to her to have parked the fawn on our property and so close to our house and that she thought this was a safe place for her new born considering how noisy in the morning it can get with the chickens and ducks out and about. She was literally less than 10 feet from our chicken coop. I am a nature lover and her big blue eyes gazing up at me was mesmerizing. Her eyes were the only movement from her as she sat there silently watching me. It was an incredible experience to capture this beauty and is one of my favorite photos.

Editing

The only alterations to the photo was cropping and applying a shake reduction. So as not to frighten her I stayed back a considerable distance. I was so excited to see her, my hands were shaking as I captured her photo.

In my camera bag

I carry both of my Canon cameras, the 80D and the T5 which was my first camera. Most of my photos are now taken with my 80D, but my T5 is always with me. The T5 is usually set up with my Canon 75-300 mm lens for landscape photography. I utilize the 80D for my wildlife and action photography. For wildlife photography I always carry my Sigma 150-500mm lens, but have recently purchased the Sigma 150-600 lens with a 1.4 teleconverter. In the Winter, I try to capture the Bald Eagles who migrate to our area and I needed a lens with a further reach. In addition, I also carry my tripod along with a wireless remote for both cameras. I also have a backup tripod in my car so I have one wherever I go. I utilize the tripod and remote for most of my landscapes. The tripod is a necessary essential for capturing moving water. I also carry a lens cleaning kit along with several filters for my lens, along with a back up battery and memory cards. I had a memory card fail during one cold Winter and was devastated by the loss of photos. I always now carry back ups.

Feedback

My advice to anyone would be to enjoy what you love. The Viewbug community has provided so much inspiration for me. It has given me the drive to venture out and capture the beautiful scenic landscapes of our area and to finding those little gems that are tucked away while exploring them. You never know when that special moment will reveal itself before you so I believe in being prepared and having your equipment ready. Even though my daily routine is hectic at times, I also try to find those little daily moments when you can just stop and enjoy your surroundings. If you take the time to listen and observe what is around you, those magic moments can present themselves. Don't get discouraged, there has been many field trips that I have taken dozens or more photos to only come home and not like any of them. I just go back out under more suitable conditions and try again. Most importantly is to have fun.

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