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I've Been Spotted!

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 21 February 2014 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

Well, actually it was long before this shot that I was spotted. I went to Brezina Woods, part of the Cook County Forest Preserve District, just north of LaGrange Park, to capture some winter landscape shots after another 3"-4" snowfall. After thinking I was done photographing for the day, I got back into the car to exit Brezina Woods. When approaching the entrance, there was a herd of about six deer walking along the entrance road, which was plowed and not waist deep with snow.

I put my car in park and slowly got out to take pictures. Not wanting to "spook" them with a camera flash, I turned the flash off. Seeing that their curiosity was getting the best of them and that there wasn't any fear of me or the car, I put the car in reverse and drove backwards back toward the parking lots. They continued to follow me. Knowing that I also didn't want the car to get charged at by the deer, I got out of my car and continued taking photographs and to get their attention away from the car.

When I got out of the car, I realized that I accidentally left my hat and gloves inside. While out of the car with the deer, my mind kept thinking back and forth between my personal safety and keeping an eye on all of them. When they finally made their way back into the forest of the trees, I knew it was safe to get back into the car and get back home. But what an experience!

Photo captured February 8, 2014.

NIKON D7000 1/200 second F/8.0 ISO 200 157 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Wayra from Roma, Italy

Very funny!!! Well captured.

21 Feb 2014 7:32am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Amazing story, Steven. Wonderful you have the shots to share with us! A beautiful and rare encounter. The deer look so gentle. Easy to forget that they are in the wild.

21 Feb 2014 9:52am

Dimitrios from ATHENS, Greece


21 Feb 2014 10:15am

fereshteh. from Iran

Excellent shot , lovely.

21 Feb 2014 11:11am

Mariana Maoduš from Waterloo, Canada

Beautiful !

21 Feb 2014 1:15pm

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Wow...Splendid capture !!

21 Feb 2014 2:43pm

don from United States

A fine shot of this deer's concentration on the camera person. It's also a great shot of animals in the snowy condition.

21 Feb 2014 4:00pm

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

Wow, what an incredible experience and they look large, too, although I'm sure you're zoomed in a bit. I hope you took a batch of shots to remember that day! 5*

21 Feb 2014 5:10pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Fabulous portraits! A fine adventure.

21 Feb 2014 6:20pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

5 stars from me - stunning close up!!!

21 Feb 2014 6:46pm

Moridi from Tehran, Iran

Very good capture. Superb.

21 Feb 2014 7:57pm

MEC from Setúbal, Portugal

Woow ... beautiful image.

21 Feb 2014 8:20pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Fabulous portrait Steven! I love how she is looking right at you. Beautiful with the snow on her face. Those are the kind of times when it is so worth being out in the elements. 5*s!

21 Feb 2014 9:04pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Wow, very cool shot. They are gorgeous. What a great experience that must have been for you. There is just nothing like close contact with wild animals.

21 Feb 2014 10:34pm

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

Great capture, love its attitude.

21 Feb 2014 10:45pm

Diana from San Francisco, United States

Wow, love it.

22 Feb 2014 5:34am

L'angevine from Angers, France

oh quelle netteté

22 Feb 2014 9:19am

Francisco Romero from Carbajal de la Legua, Spain

Wow! You were really close! Fantastic!

22 Feb 2014 10:00am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

I was about to type your title ! Deer are so wonderfully aware.

22 Feb 2014 10:32am

maximage from Mase, Switzerland

What a beautiful capture here! Marvelous wild scene.

22 Feb 2014 10:48am

omid from mashhad, Iran

L O V E L Y !!!!

22 Feb 2014 10:53am

farideh from rasht, Iran

Excellent and lovely.

22 Feb 2014 6:03pm

Baldwin Vandewalle from Bejuma, Venezuela

A magnificent photo that was worth the adventure you lived ...

22 Feb 2014 6:06pm

tataray from Deux-Sèvres. (Charentes-Poitou), France

Magnifique capture.)

22 Feb 2014 6:26pm

LauraS from Chico, United States

She seems startled to see you there, for sure. Nice close up.

22 Feb 2014 7:08pm

yo from Ile de France, France

Quelle belle histoire ! Ils n'ont pas l'air d'être effrayés. Superbe attitude !

22 Feb 2014 8:30pm

Abena from Illinois, United States

Love the shot and the look Steven!

23 Feb 2014 12:47am

klausZ from Kufstein, Austria

face to face! well captures my friend!

23 Feb 2014 1:04pm

Shaahin Bahremand from Tehran, Iran

wow ! great momentt

23 Feb 2014 3:48pm

Mohammad/Navvab from shiraz, Iran

great & great

23 Feb 2014 8:23pm

pixim from Nice, France

Beautiful and the relation between you and the animal are a plus, very good ;-)

24 Feb 2014 8:30am

franz from Baden, Austria

lovely creatures, excellent capture! i was almost right ... ;-)))

24 Feb 2014 4:36pm

RBL from Oxford, United States

Beautifully captured … great set-up and beautiful deer in their natural setting!

25 Feb 2014 12:16am

Julie L. Brown from Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

Nice shot with it looking right at you. Isn't it unusual for deer to follow you unless they are looking for a handout?

25 Feb 2014 11:55am

Davood from Tehran, Iran

how beautiful!

26 Feb 2014 9:43am

JCJ from Troyes, France

well captured ;)

27 Feb 2014 10:47pm