• What do we do, dad? Just smile and let him take our picture!!! :D - Richard Thelen

Tuolumne Meadow, Yosemite.

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Friends looking at a print of his shot insist the deer look Photoshopped.

I wouldn’t know how to do that if you paid me, but, being a Serious Outdoor Photographer, I do carry a complete selection of large, stuffed, “Mammals of North America” which I can pose in action positions out in the wilderness. It gets tougher late in the season with the deer and elk, ‘cause I have to keep pasting bigger antlers on them. Hunting season can be stressful.

I’m still trying to perfect this method underwater - wait ‘til you see my “Marine Mammals of Hawaii” portfolio.

The deer at Tuolumne Meadow are as copius as gophers. After an hour of uninspired and unproductive landscape shooting, I gave up, dumped the tripod and decided to take pictures of deer. You can always tell a Serious Photographer by the way he throws his tripod down (much like a Serious Golfer throwing his clubs), strides directly at the wildlife, flash firing away in broad daylight.


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  1. ksjaycat 42 months ago | reply

    Beautiful capture, funny description.

  2. Philip Kuntz 42 months ago | reply

    Excellent capture of these nicely posing deer. Spot on! Really enjoyed your tale of the take too. Very funny! Been there done that as well. Wonderful works Steve. Have a terrific Sunday!

  3. bodiver 42 months ago | reply

    Funny, Steve, are these the same ones Ansel Adams used? Wonderful image as always.

  4. Paul Pryor 42 months ago | reply

    Great shot, Steve, and I enjoyed the commentary. Here in the desert, plastic reptiles would be also work well. I'm inspired to go get some.

  5. PHOTOROTA 42 months ago | reply

    Awesome capture, well done.

  6. David Shield Photography 42 months ago | reply

    They absolutely don't look PS'd to me. This is an awesome scene. I really like the warm light...Very lovely, Steve!

  7. Mulewings~ 42 months ago | reply

    You had me going there Steve! I never thought you'd 'cut and paste' things into a photo, ... but I was reading this without my first cup of coffee and wondering...
    wow, you can get stuffed wildlife that look this good???

    Thanks for brightening my day with this great shot and some great humor!

  8. TIM_RAM 42 months ago | reply

    As usual, your description is as good as the shot!

  9. Chief Bwana 42 months ago | reply

    A stunner from the first glance. Beautiful shot.

  10. Fish as art 42 months ago | reply

    I also thought they were stuffed dear. Must be the body language. However, a lovely photo.

  11. Jonohey 41 months ago | reply

    Fab. Wouldn't mind if I was there too. Maybe we could swap for a week or two =)

  12. RichGreenePhotography.com 41 months ago | reply

    Nice catch -- very life-like looking for stuffed animals! :-) Love this comp -- are you on the other side of the river here?

    Seen on your photo stream. (?)

  13. SteveD. 41 months ago | reply

    No, between the highway and the river.

  14. Karen Andrea Photography 41 months ago | reply

    Wow, 2 deer stroll by to add just that perfect touch to what a landscape screams for!!
    (They clearly must be professional deer models to know how to stop & pose at the lower 1/3 rule area of the image).

    Fantastic capture & story--

  15. desertdude11 32 months ago | reply

    its always best to set up your animal models in a place such as Tuolumne Meadows than say for example Dodger Stadium..ha

  16. marek199 31 months ago | reply

    Amazing photo.

    Marek, outdoorzona.cz/

  17. mishko2007 31 months ago | reply

    Hey, man, you still use a D90 like me and don't hide your EXIF data. You CANNOT be Serious! Lovely shot anyway.

  18. SteveD. 31 months ago | reply

    there's enough animals already in Dodger Stadium, heh heh.

  19. SteveD. 31 months ago | reply

    Gotta work with the tools you have, right? D90 is a beefy camera, mine won't die.
    I like your macro work...thanks for looking.

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