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The Rain, Cheap Gear, And Deer

Wildlife Photography Minus The Gear

Deer In The Rain
Deer In The Rain

Wildlife photography is something I always wanted to do. The problem is that the world only needs so many wildlife photos and I cannot justify the cost of the gear. It is one genre of photography where the gear actually does matter.

I cannot compete with photographers that spend over $10k for a lens. I don’t even want to spend $5k for substandard lenses. With that being the case, knowing where herds tend to gather and waiting until a gentle rain to subdue your sound and smell is a good idea. It worked for this shot. It got me close enough for this shot with a cheap Canon 250mm STM lens.

Winter Deer


Deer in a Winter field.
Deer in winter in an Ohio field.

These deer ran in front of my car on a country road. There wasn’t any traffic around so I stopped and watched them for a while.

Whitetail Deer Facts

  • Like common cattle, deer have four chambers in their stomachs for eating things like grass.
  • Deer can run 40mph, jump 9 feet high, and broad jump 30 feet. Kind of like woodland super heroes.
  • Their ears can rotate in any direction without moving their head.
  • They taste great.

Day 70 365 Project

Deer photo taken with Canon SX50 Superzoom.
Deer from 650 feet with a Canon SX50 camera.

Today’s photo was a fun. I snuck up on deer and turkey in a large field. As I closed in, the turkey caught sight of me before the deer, raised hell, and took off into the woodline.

These long distance shots aren’t the highest quality, but they’re good enough to tell the story. Superzooms are so much fun because you can get into wildlife and other types of photography without a huge investment.

Deer Portraits.

I’ve been pursuing a different take on wildlife photos. Most people will go out in the woods with these really expensive long lenses and get photos of the animals from far away. This never brings out the true nature of the beast. I find a nice pose creates a better portrayal of the animal. My little Canon PowerShot SX50 HS¬†does the job with a problem.

I’ve done deer portraits before, but it’s hard to get them to smile as you can see in this photo. Click on the image for a larger version.

Closeup of a doe.
Standard portrait of a doe.

I wanted to take it a step further, so I finally got this young 8 point to ham it up a little.

First, he spots me.

8 Point Ohio Buck Deer
8 point buck in Ohio spots me.

Then, I coaxed a smile out of him.

8 point Ohio buck deer smiles for camera.
Deer smiling at the camera.

Then he walks away minding his own business.

8 point Ohio buck walking away calmly.
8 Point Ohio buck walking away from me after a portrait.

That’s all their is to it. Get out there and enjoy Ohio’s great outdoors. There’s lots to see and do, even in the winter.