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Feb 19, 2010

Deer Fur Detail

Being surrounded by so many deer and being so close gave me the opportunity to try to capture some of the gradations of brightness in their fur coats. These gradations which tend to dark at the top and lighter towards the bottom are for camouflage. I used to have troubles understanding how this worked as camouflage, but basically what the gradations do is reduce the contrast on the animalís coat and therefore blur the animalís shape. Iíve tried to capture this before without any success and todayís attempts were not much better. This was the only photo that turned out okay. Be sure to check out my new Gag Reel gallery for an example of a photo that didnít turn out okay!

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larose forest photos23-Feb-2010 04:47
And it works too! It is amazing how the deer can blend into the landscape.
Hank Vander Velde21-Feb-2010 01:10
Nice close-up Chris. Sure is dense.
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