My best selling Photo

© Hdanne

When I shot this photo, conditions were quite poor. Light was low, it even started to rain. The deer is in an enclosure. Luckily there is no fence in the photo. I have an old but very decent Nikon Zoom (80 ... 200 mm, 2.8 the whole range, but without VR) which I used at a focal length of 200 mm and an aperture of 2.8. My arms rested on top of the fence just to avoid any move of the camera (I had no tripod with me). My body height (1.80 m) was barely enough for the height of the fence, I had to stay on the tip of my toes. I even used the tiny built-in flash of the D200, just to brighten up the deer a little bit.

At the first upload, the photo got refused, because I did not got the image processing right (the deer was still too dark). I prepared the photo much more carefully for the second try and it got accepted. Now it is my best-selling photo.

Probably I had more luck than know-how. The deer is looking so sad. And the animal has this blade of grass in his mouth. Luckily the deer did not move when I took this photo.

Below are the EXIF data of this photo. You see, this is at the edge of what is possible without VR and tripod.

ApertureFNumber: f/2.8


Model: NIKON D200

DateTime: 2009:07:27 14:10:33

ExposureTime: 10/600

FNumber: 28/10

ExposureProgram: 2

ISOSpeedRatings: 100

DateTimeOriginal: 2009:07:01 13:03:44

MaxApertureValue: 30/10

MeteringMode: 5

LightSource: 0

Flash: 5

FocalLength: 2000/10

Photo credits: Hdanne.

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February 10, 2010


Beautiful shot!

February 10, 2010


Nice one.

February 10, 2010


beautiful pic, well done :)

February 10, 2010


Lucky you! It really is a beautiful photo. Congrats.

February 09, 2010


Beautiful pic with lovely colours. Welll done.

February 09, 2010


Already noticed that shot on your twin brother's blog. Nice to hear the whole story of it :-) Luck sometimes plays a big part in our successes, but you also had to work at it, so it's all very well deserved!

February 09, 2010


Very well done! Congrats!

February 09, 2010


Well caught under the conditions, congrats.

February 09, 2010


Very beautiful photo,congratulations!

February 09, 2010


Hello Hdanne,
congrats....really an impressive shot considering the environmental situation!!!

Lesson learned: not always the photos taken in studio are the best from selling point of view !!! ;o)

Have fun

February 09, 2010


great photo.. :) you could have gone to 200 ISO, but 100 is much better!

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