Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Photographing Whitetail Fawn's-Jim Moore's Contest

One of my favorite activities is spending a summer evening relaxing, and photographing whitetail fawns.

Salty went along one evening last week and my favorite doe favored us by feeding quite near to us in the food plot.
Canon 30D: 17-40mm F4-1/40 sec. f8 at 40mm ISO 200

She has a pair of what I call, " classically beautiful" fawns. Some fawns have ears that are too long to be in correct proportion for the most perfect look, or have blemishes from insect bites or skin problems such as mange, but these are perfect. They soon arrived to spend most of the evening feeding and interacting quite near to us.


Canon 30D: 17-40mm F4-1/60 sec. f8 at 40mm ISO 200

Soon the spots will fade and by late September most fawns will have a brown or gray coat, but for now they still have that bright eyed, innocent look, and a beautiful coat that helps them escape detection by predators as the spots help camouflage them when they are in a woodland setting.


Canon 30D: 300mm F4-1/250sec. f8 ISO 200

Also I'm a little late on posting this, but if you haven't heard already Jim Moore is having a "Name the Newt" contest on his web site for a chance to win a September Print of the Month. You can read about it here.

Jim says, "The contest is from August 1-15 only and I'd like to see a blogger win, but I'm not a judge for the name either."

Jim is a world-class photographer and instructor, specializing in stunning scenic photographs. Be sure and visit his website if you can.

I'm sorry I haven't been commenting too much lately or posting, but I am pursing a heavy program of video editing as I try to bring the film on Pennsylvania Elk to a conclusion.

16 comments:

kjpweb said...

Sweet shots! I haven't been able to "catch" me a fawn - I seem to run into them, when they already lost their spots! But there's always Willard to count on, if you want to see some spots!;)
Cheers, Klaus

The Birdlady said...

That's magic!

Tommy said...

the fawn are so perfect looking. Must have had a health mom. Great catch.

Leedra said...

Love the fawn photos. Great!!!

Louise said...

You are right about the classically beautiful fawns. Very nice shots. And about commenting? I don't know why some people get so wound up about that. I go to sites I like and comment. And sometimes I don't have time to do that. Isn't everyone like that? Probably not, but it's not a reciprocation thing in my opinion. Everyone needs to do what they need to do!

HFD60 said...

Very nice captures...I wish they would co-operate like that for me :)

Bradley Myers said...

Great photos as always, Salty is a lucky guy to be able to go along with you.

fishing guy said...

Willard: These are great photos of the fawns. Salty showed some results of this trip on his sight and they were enjoyable. These are very special with the pair.

Kerri said...

Once again, your fawns are beautiful! Lovely!! and Don't work too hard!!

HFD60 said...

I just wanted to let you know that I gave you an award. Just stop by to pick it up.

http://hfd60.blogspot.com/

Abraham Lincoln said...

This is a really nice series of photos, Willard. I can't even imagine being this close to them.

Dina said...

Hi Willard. I've been catching up with your last posts. There are scenes that I can only dream of seeing live. The drama of the hawk, the strength of that elk, and the delicate loveliness of the fawns--they are all so wonderful!

Jerry in Tampa said...

Willard - FABULOUS images my friend! EXCELLENT detail and marvelous tone throughout! and thanks for the Jim Moore link!


Jerry in Tampa

Kekiinani said...

Your shots are wonderful. I just love the pose of the bottom one. They are just soooo cute with the little spots.. :) :) Thanks for sharing.. :) :) Aloha Renee :)

Gretchen said...

You always have the greatest visual treats here!

Chad Oneil Myers said...

That last one is my favorite. I like the warm glow of light on the fawn.