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© Vic Chapman 2015



Fuji 90mm f2, 1/320 @ f2, ISO 200, - 1.0 ev, small crop.


© Vic Chapman 2015

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Vic, both pictures of the deer are very nice. You beautifully rendered the light of the forest and its ambiance (indeed the 90mm has a beautiful bokeh). I particularly like this image both because of the pose of the belling deer and of its composition that leaves some more space around the subject (and especially below his legs).

A part from their aesthetic merits, I am quite impressed that you managed to take such pictures with the 90mm. How close were you to the beast? As soon as I saw these images I thought you took them with your 55-200mm. 

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HI Marco and thank you for commenting,

the deer are wild but they are used to people passing by (Richmond Park). They will usually move off if approached or in some cases during the rut, they may charge but over the years when shooting in the forest I developed a way of approaching them as if walking past rather than heading directly towards.

Distance was 15M - 18M. Even when using the 55-200mm (which was actually fitted to my XP1) I tend to leave a little extra space around the animal to show some of the environment.

I'm pleased you chose to comment because I wasn't sure how they appeared to other eyes. The 90mm lens is really sharp with great bokeh but more importantly is the way it transitions from sharpness to oof bokeh. It seemed to me that I could be looking at a photo of a diorama. I have seen such photos where a stuffed animal is too sharp against the false bg so when I looked at my own pictures I worried they perhaps had a similar look.


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Vic, thank you for the info. Being able to walk in such beautiful parks must be a refreshing and, as you show, a photographically rewarding experience.

As far as the 90mm goes, the more pictures I see that were made with it (especially by real photographers, rather than testers/reviewers), the more I am convinced it is a gem of a lens. Sharpness a part, its overall rendering and, as clearly visible in your picture above, the three-dimensionality it gives to its images make it a truly standout lens. 

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Beautiful images.   It's very difficult for me to understand why men kill these magnificent creatures for sport.  Hunting with a camera is my style 

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In 20 years living in Richmond I never found any antlers in the park, have you Veejaycee? And , Oh yes, love the photos. 

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No and I've looked but always expected a park ranger would confiscate any I found. I expect they check for dropped antlers to collect and sell for knife/brolly handles and such because they actually belong to Crown estates/Royal parks commission and I expect ultimately, to ER II. Not only have I never found any in Richmond park but I never saw anyone else with any either. I used to find huge mushrooms in the park and would take one or two home but a few years ago I saw what was obviously a large family or gang, I suspect from E Europe, doing a sweep and picking everything. Now you'll see signs warning people to not take from the park even the various chestnuts, cobnuts and the like which are all food for the wildlife including red and fallow deer.

I've been shooting the red deer rut for many years and there is not much new for me there and red deer stags without antlers look docile and stupid. I keep going there in the hope of finding the heavy horses working in the forests but now, to cut costs the Royal parks have cut their numbers and share what's left with all the Royal parks.

Until a cycling accident 5 years ago, most weekends I used to cycle from home near the Crystal Palace end of Streatham common to Richmond Park, do a road circuit followed by a circuit of the perimeter track/footpath before leaving via Robin hood gate and cross country over Wimbledon Common then back home uphill all the way.

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Sounds like a great ride.  I bet you miss it.  The parks of London are unique indeed and for town dwellers to have open space photo oportunities is remarkable.  Thanks King Charles II, thanks for opening your parks to the population.   For many years I cycled to/from work throuh Richmond Park, Barnes Common, Kensington Gardens, Hyde Park and Green Park. Wish I had my light weight XT1 in those days.  Never took my heavy DSLR but here is a w/e shot, misty sunrise in Bushy Park.

I did ask the Richmond Park game warden what they do with deer shot during culling.  He said thay sold the venison to Germany because they paid the most.

Bushy Park.jpg

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