Continuing from yesterday's post; after leaving the woods Willard & I decided to drive around some before bidding SNP farewell. Some vehicles parked on the side of the road and a small cluster of people a short distance away alerted us to a very heavy racked ten point resting nearby. He obviously was comfortable with people being nearby so we joined in.
Moving around the buck allowed me to capture him along with the doe he was protecting. When does become receptive it is common for the dominate buck to stay near her while keeping a sharp lookout for other bucks attempting to cut in.
A small eight pointer was staying close by and occasionly try to sneak in on the resting pair. When this happened the big fellow would jump from his bed and with a rush and a grunt drive the amorous little fellow off.
After a few rebuffs the small buck took cover directly behind me and my tripod. Whereas before he seemed very nervous after finding a measure of safely he relaxed and groomed himself extensively.
The big buck, thankfully not wanting to plow through a photographer, stood his ground and watched.
Usually when taking a portrait shot I attempt to attain a clear unobstructed view of the subject but in this case I liked the added color of the red berries and intentionally set the shot up with a them falling across his nose and neck. Do they add to the image or do they detract? Tell me what you think.