Wild Stag at Dusk, Yosemite, CA

Posted by Vaibhav (Stanford, United States) on 3 November 2010 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

I was in Yosemite a couple of weekends ago to witness fall colors. At dusk while driving through I was stuck in traffic. It didn't look right because vehicular traffic in fall is an oxymoron. I guessed that there is either a bear or some deers out in the meadow and people driving by are stooping/slowing down to take photos. After 5 minutes or so, my guess proved right and I saw a herd of deer out grazing.

I immediately pulled over on the shoulder and went out to make some photos. Deer closeups are kind of mundane and boring and eventually I hit upon the idea of juxtaposing a stag with the forest and granite in background (his habitat). Using a matrix balanced fill flash provided a catchlight in the eye and also brought out the gorgeous skin of the animal. I chose to blur the background just enough not to compete with the stag for attention but still remains passively present in the photo.

Post processing involved routine raw file conversion, mild sharpening and conversion to jpeg.

Nikon D700
1/160 second
ISO 1600
70 mm (35mm equiv.)


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