Thursday, June 01, 2006



Blogger micki said...

There’s a story behind these shots, I’ll try to keep it brief; but you know me.

As I’ve mentioned, I live in the woods. We have a very small clearing on our property for our house and yard. The furthest away from the tree line we are is 25 micki-paces. I’m 5’1 1/2” - you do the math. The closest tree line is seven paces. It was on the shorter side where I looked out the window and saw my two bluebirds flying back and forth up to a tree branch with worms in their mouths. I looked further up, and there they were - two baby bluebirds, almost full-grown, sitting on a branch. The parents left and the babies just sat there, cuddling. I grabbed the tripod, camera and 500mm zoom and got everything set up. They didn’t move, they just sat there posed like love birds. Just as I focused in and was about to click…they flew off. They flew off. Never to return. Oh I waited. I folded my laundry and waited. I did sit ups and waited. I grumbled and waited. Finally, at the deepest moments of despair, kid #3 runs in. “Mom, there’s a deer in the yard!” At 9:30 am? Who cares, the 500mm zoom is mounted, let’s go! Sure enough, at the other side of the yard, right at the edge of the woods, there he was. This was 25 micki-paces away. I took one shot from inside the house, just to be sure I got at least one image before he left, and then started moving out onto the deck. I got all the way to the edge of the deck. He was terribly curious and we both just looked at each other as I snapped off four more shots. Then he decided he was bored and started to leave. Right before he walked into the woods, he turned to give me one last glance. That’s the second shot you see at the bottom.

Deer 1
Camera - Konica Minolta 70
Film - Kodak Max ISO 400
Shutter Speed - 1/125
Aperture Setting - f-5.6 Program Mode
Lens - Sigma 170-500mm zoom lens @ 500mm
Scanning Method - My scan from my cheap little hp officejet 5510v all-in-one copy/scanner/faxer/printer

Deer 2
Camera - Konica Minolta 70
Film - Kodak Max ISO 400
Shutter Speed - 1/90
Aperture Setting - f-6.7 Program Mode
Lens - Sigma 170-500mm zoom lens @ 500mm
Scanning Method - My scan from my cheap little hp officejet 5510v all-in-one copy/scanner/faxer/printer

8:10 AM  
Blogger PhotoSam said...

Vey nice..its always difficul to catch wildlife...good framing as well.

8:12 AM  
Blogger Laurie said...

These are so pretty. I love the eyes in the first one, they stand out nicely.

8:21 AM  
Blogger Don said...

A nice reward for your waiting. The innocence of young deer is stiking. You caught this one just right.

8:31 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Awww -- what a pretty deer! You're so lucky to live in the woods. Thanks for sharing your story too. :)

9:45 AM  
Anonymous AG said...

Charming pics and a gripping yard tale to flesh them out. Sorry you missed the birds but it is the disappointments that make wildlife photography so rewarding when it works.

10:22 AM  
Blogger Natalie said...

How frustrating with the bluebirds! I like the deer.

10:26 AM  
Anonymous Otto K. said...

Lovely shots and nice story. That first one is very sweet. I guess it's the day for wildlife shots, huh? :-)

10:31 AM  
Anonymous Ricardo said...

To enjoy these animals in freedom, in its natural surroundings has to be I magnify. I only can see animals in the Zoological ones and she is not the same.

1:09 PM  
Blogger Timmybomb said...

Micki, the composition of these shots is lovely. The lighting is nice too. I love the way the deer is looking at you in that bottom photo.

Having said that, these don't seem to be as sharp as your usual work. They appear slightly burry or out of focus and a bit grainy as well. Just a result of hurrying to get the shot I suppose.

1:54 PM  
Anonymous Ashish Sidapara said...

Lovely composition, nice one!

2:14 PM  
Blogger Jasp said...

patience wins out...nice to see your local wildlife.

2:46 PM  
Blogger Azhar said...

Very cool shot expecially no.1 because he/she is looking right at you,
Loving the colours (very vivid)

3:54 PM  
Blogger Doris said...

Got to love it when things like that happen :-) sorry the birds never came back ;-(

4:21 PM  
Blogger Nicola said...

Oh, I would have love to see the bluebirds - I don't think I've ever seen one. But the shots of the deer are lovely, too.

4:33 PM  
Anonymous John said...

Great discription Micki, the trials of the wildlife photographer. Good captures also with that big lens.

6:37 PM  
Blogger Chris Fry said...


Pity about the bluebirds (and frustrating) but I love your deer photos. He looks so curious.

7:11 PM  
Blogger Dave MacIntyre said...

Beautiful captures...I love spotting deer in the wild and it's no easy task to photograph them! Well done!

7:19 PM  
Anonymous Hendra said...

That's what we called 'patient' :-) .. definitely well rewarding, Micki.

7:42 PM  
Blogger Jill said...

ooohhhh, you are EXCELLENT!! I just love these. VERY nice.

7:43 PM  
Blogger Sandy said...

Lovely deer shots...I'm just glad they were in your yard:)

7:51 PM  
Anonymous Anders said...

The expression on the first picture is so lovely. Nice catches.

8:19 PM  
Blogger manju said...

They are beautiful. Your patience got paid.

8:19 PM  
Blogger Adam Lee Dalziel said...

wow - magical moment captured here - hunting a doe the good way - with a camera - must have been a great experience

8:24 PM  
Anonymous outdoorexposure said...

awesome!!! so happy for u to get a great moment shots like this....really exciting wt ur story telling also:-) great shot of the day for me!!!

8:42 PM  
Blogger Ash said...

Excellent deer shots!

8:48 PM  
Blogger Sidney said...

Lovely! Very beautiful animals!

10:00 PM  
Anonymous Jeff said...

Nice capture. Deer usually move off pretty quickly.

(In answer to your question about sunsets in my part of the world...yes, most of them are between good to brilliant. We do have a rainy season that lasts for a few weeks, usually between Nov. and Feb. - our equivalent of winter - but otherwise, sunsets are a pretty common experience.)

1:20 AM  
Blogger Naturegirl said...

I LOVE these photos! Those cover girl eyes...truly a special moment for you!!

6:55 AM  
Anonymous Roger said...

Nice shots Micki.

7:01 AM  
Anonymous david said...

how fantastic to be able to have access to such beautiful creatures. Lovely

8:19 AM  
Blogger frame of mind said...

The second shot with the over-the-shoulder look is a new favorite! The foliage and subtlety of lighting really capture the elusive quality of this beautiful creature.

7:03 AM  

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