Thought this would be a good Q&A for Valentine’s Day. Everybody say “Awww”
What inspired you to take this photo? I was out one morning before the sunrise not knowing what to expect when i came across a small group of deer, I sat and waited for a little while to see if any interesting photo oppurtunities would develop. I saw how the fawn was interacting with the adult and I think it made for quite a perfect moment.
Why did you capture this photo the way you did? I always shoot with the apeture wide open to get the best depth of field possible, iI feel this greatly enhances the mood and makes the subjects stand out against the background. The lighting was good as the sun hadn’t quite risen yet giving neutral, soft light. I usually don’t favour this kind of light, but I think it worked perfectly here.
What were you feeling? What mood were you in? I don’t remember being in any particular mood when I took this photo. But I can say I was in a hopeful mood as I took this before the sun actually rose, so I hadn’t long been there.
How did you plan this photo? There was very little planning involved as it is the kind of shot i am lucky to find. The little planning i did do was to position myself just right for the background to work perfectly with the subject. Also with the background I tried to make sure there were no distracting trees or objects that would interfere with the composition I chose.
What sort of post-processing did you do afterwards? I use lightroom to process the raw. Although in this photo I did very little processing. I added a very light vignette. And split toning to make the darker tones a little colder. I put up the contrast a little bit and perfected the white balance.
Do you have a connection to the subject and/or location? It’s my favorite place I go to take photos. Mainly because of the population of deer that are easily found. I have gotten many of my landscape style photos here too.
General Photography Questions:
Why is Photography important to you? I love photography because it’s a way I can express my emotion and how I feel. Of course I love creating art too, so the two go together perfectly.
How do you overcome creative blocks? I haven’t had any major creative blocks yet, but I overcome the small ones by just continuing to take pictures even when the inspiration doesn’t feel there. I find there will always be other oppurtunities around the corner so I don’t get disheartened by a creative block.
Where did you study photography? Or are you self taught? I’m completely self taught. I enjoy learning what works and what doesn’t by myself and making my own mistakes, then trying to make improvements next time. I like doing things my way regardless of whether it’s the “proper” way. It’s a personal challenge and quite rewarding when I feel I took better pictures than i did before. And i’m definitely still learning now.
What do you enjoy photographing most? Anything to do with nature. I enjoy photographing the deer too, I am fortunate to live near a place where there is a lot of them.
What motivates you to do what you do? I try to push the boundaries of any nature photography i’ve seen before. And of course I try to push my own boundaries. I like trying to create something original and different.
Do you ever use your skill for a good cause? I haven’t done anything like that yet, but if the opportunity came up I certainly would!