Sunrise and Stags

Stag at sunrise // 20 09 15263 // 365

Got up at 5.
Drove to Longshaw Estate and met up with some photo peeps for the first deer photo session of the season.
Misty sunrise.
Took back up shot involving floaty dress (not needed) just in case. This involved taking my watch off.
A wild stag appears!
In the excitement forget all about watch as pack up and move to another location.
Almost back at car. Remember lost watch. Trudge all the way back up to attempt to find watch.
Search frantically for 10 minutes in heather and long grass but cannot find watch.
Remember watch sync’s with phone.
Turns on phones Bluetooth. Watch sync’s up so must be close by. Search for another 10 minutes. Turn around in desperation about to give up – spots watch!
Huzzah!
Walks back to car, herd of deer bounce across the path.
Shoot shot 3 (second below this text).
Return home.

tl;dr – Don’t take you watch off in moorlands leave it on the floor and forget about it.

Sunrise over the Big Moor

: )Misty mornings

Sunset over the Longshore Estate

Sunset over the Longshore Estate // 02 11 14306 // 365

After a week off it’s back to work tomorrow. I’ve been meaning to go to the deer’s again, hoping to catch them rutting but it wasn’t to be tonight. If I’m going to be honest I’d left it a bit late anyway, as I was hedging my bets on either getting a deer shot or getting a sunset shot, so I only got there an hour before sunset.

As we were driving up (as kB came with me this time) I was a bit dismayed about the cloud situation but it turned out that it didn’t really matter anyway. As we got to the ‘adder wall’ the sun was just setting (as below) and so I took loads of shots with my 500mm (this was *really* in the distance) as I planned to stitch them together, but it didn’t work out on the small screen… Maybe if someone wanted to put it on a really wide screen cinema screen it would look OK? 🙂

Sunset over the Longshore Estate (2)

Sunrise at the Big Moor

Sunrise at the Big Moor // 05 10 14278 // 365
This morning I got up at 6 to go and shoot the deer again. I know it’s still a little bit too early for rutting, but I wanted to go in the morning to see where they were and what the light was like etc. They were miles away! Grrrr.
As I was arriving there was another photographer just about to set off so we spoke to each other a bit then split up and rejoined when we got closer to the herd. Never met him before but he was jolly nice and even though I’d gone on my own thinking I’d prefer some alone time it was actually nice to have someone to talk to as we just talked about the deers. He was quite funny too, which helped 🙂

Mr Stag Jr

When we went last time we (could have but didn’t) followed the path, so this time that is where I started off; only they weren’t there. Deers could most defiantly be heard but not seen. So I carried on walking forwards and ended up over the hill and down in the valley. There were a million deer all over the place. I could see two large herds and four stage just from where I was stood at the top of the hill. I chose the herd which was closer to the road and branched that way (better lighting and also logistically more sensible).

They are so loud and run so quickly that at times I was a bit concerned; but on the whole they were more interested in each other than us.
.Doe on the move

The walk back was an epic disaster as I decided it would be quicker to march through the marsh land and heather than walk back on myself to get to the path. This wasn’t a great move, and I fell over, lol. I say lol now but at the time I was in pain (knees and hips), I was soaking wet from the dew and I was tired… so I actually just wanted to lie on the floor 😛

Mr Stag

I am indeed looking forward to going back in a week or so for the rut; though now I think about it it will be pretty epicly scary to witness. I’ve read online that the rutting is better towards the end of the season as the bigger stags are tired, and this rather nicely coincides with half term ^_^

Silhouetted stag and deers on the horizon!

Silhouetted Stag // 21 09 14264 // 365

This afternoon (a very late afternoon until just before sunset) me and some photo friends went out to photograph some wild deer. Yesterday was a bit of a test run for this event; with the ultimate aim being to return during rutting season.
The walk wasn’t as bad as I feared, although lugging a 150-500mm zoom lens, camera with battery park and tripod around with me wasn’t the easiest of adventures but I am glad that I went – and most importantly I am looking forward to going back 😀

I decided to go for something a bit different with the edits as it was pretty overcast, or bland (the deer are pretty much the same colour as the landscape). Actually in quite a few of the shots the deer just look very grumpy indeed, and I also seem to have managed to capture an ‘action’ pooing shot; so that is just lovely!

Deers on the horizon!
The birds and the lone tree

Doe, a deer, a female deer

Doe, a deer, a female deer // 20 09 14263 // 365

This morning I drove us to the Chestnut Centre to go and photograph otters and generally test out my new lens. I bought a 150 – 500mm Sigma zoom lens, as it’s something I’ve been thinking about doing for a while. With rutting season coming up and a few photo friends knowing where to find deer (and rutting season being on my to do list for a while) I figured that I might as well buy one now so that I can practice with it.

This was hand held, and these deer are practically tame as they are at an animal sanctuary; but it was great practice for my new lens on it’s first proper outing. I took all of my shots hand held despite making kB carry my tripod. I was really surprised how sharp a lot of them were at 500mm 6.3 hand held by a female with no arm strength and a tremor! 😀

I managed to get some which were more in focus than this one, but I liked how the grass looked and the overall feel of this one hence it being photo of the day!

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