I have been able to spend some time out at this years rut at Bushy Park, one of London's Royal Parks. I popped out Sunday afternoon as a bit of a spotter to see where the deer where hiding and remember the layout again. Then I went back for dawn on Wednesday morning hoping to catch something good in the morning light.
The light was gorgeous but sadly getting the shots I had in mind wasn't happening due to where the stags placed them selves so I made do.
This one is a conscious attempt to have the stag in the foreground juxtaposed against the urban sky line in the back. This lead to a fairly heavy compromise to stop the sky blowing out meaning the stag was darker than I'd like even after a small boost in post.
Wednesday was a good lesson in the ETTR technique that +Martin Bailey
podcasted about a short while ago. Trying to expose as light as I could within my ISO limit (6400) but still keeping above the 1/100 I decided was a reasonable minimum. F-stop wise I stuck it at 2.8 and left it as I was hurting for exposure. Looking back at the images I think I did okay, nothing much was under exposed and most was nicely ETTR but I see what Martin was saying about how you can probably clip a touch in camera and still not clip in Lightroom. Maybe I should have upped the ISO to 5000 for this shot rather than the 3200 I was on!