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Wild Deer under Moon Rise, Montebello OP, CA

Posted by
Vaibhav (Stanford, United States) on 22 January 2011 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

Mother Nature sometimes showers her blessing in so much abundance that you forget about your previous pains and failures. The hike past Monday was one such day for me. I finally made a photo which fulfilled my vision of the place as well as an unexpected convergence made it really stand out.

Past Monday was 2 days before full moon and while hiking, I knew that moon will be hanging in the sky about an hour before sunset. The deer were grazing in a meadow off the trail and the moon decided to peek out from behind the hill. I ran about 50 ft or so off trail on the steep grassy slope to combine the two elements. Using a telephoto lens, I compressed the scene and started shooting with the herd of wild deer in the foreground. The images got better as the deer started to move in a formation with a rising full (almost) moon completing the composition.

Underexposing + polarizer gave me a rich blue sky complementing the warm landscape. Post involved tweaking the white balance, contrast etc in Photoshop followed by mild sharpening and conversion to tiff/jpeg.

NIKON D700 1/400 second F/8.0 ISO 200 145 mm (35mm equiv.)

1/400 second
ISO 200
145 mm (35mm equiv.)