Crank the Cuteness Dial

Time to turn it up to 10, as the kids say.  Or is that something kids even say?  Who knows?  What I do know is I have pegged the cuteness meter out today.  Actually, I did it about a month back, but I'm turning it back up today.

These are images of Whitetail Deer Fawns that I photographed at Berry College in early July.  

This first image was taken as this little guy was knocked out.  He stayed like this for as long as we were there shooting.  Never cared we even existed.  

ISO 640, 600mm, F/6.3 @ 1/1600th second

The next image is obviously a fawn nursing.  Again, theses creatures had no care in the world I was there.  I was trying for a bit of an interesting crop here that would focus on the fawn.  You can see my shutter speed was a little slow here.  The vibration compensation sure helped me out here.

ISO 800, 560mm, F/6.3 @ 1/400th second

Finally, these were the synchronized fawns.  I've got several pictures of them together like this.  I've also got several where they are both looking in the same direction.  It's almost like their brains were wired together.

ISO 800, 600mm, F/6.3 @ 1/1000th second

These images were all made with my Sony A77ii and Tamron 150-600mm Lens.


Over the Fourth of July Weekend, a friend and I visited Berry College to photograph the deer fawns there.  They are in abundance over there and are pretty well accustom to a people presence.

I took my Sony A77ii and Tamron 150-600mm Lens.  The lighting was wonderful that morning, as it had been raining and was still overcast for most of the morning.  Usually during a light rain, or right after a rain is the absolute best time to photograph!  The colors are all more saturated, the lighting is usually even and it the weather is generally cooler.  The cooler temps kept the fawns out in the open a little longer than normal, I believe.  They are a lot like me.  When it gets hot they start looking for shade.  The whitetail deer and I both have agility skills that are almost parallel, too...or is it opposite?  Oh, well.

ISO 1250, 500mm, F/6.3 @ 1/400th second

This little guy, or girl, was laying down in the grass.  I got on the ground to get eye level with him, or her.  Getting eye level with your subject usually provides a better perspective when shooting wildlife.  I slowly inched closer and closer until I got within about 20 yards of the deer.  He had no care in the world that I was there, but I certainly didn't want to get any closer and alarm him, or her.

If you notice the settings on this image, you'll notice that typically it's not a good idea to handhold with a shutter speed slower than your focal length.  What I mean is, if I was shooting at 500mm, I typically would want my shutter speed to be at 1/500th second.  However, the in body stabilization on the Sony A77ii allows me to cheat a bit.  Also, since the subject wasn't moving, I could get away with a bit of a slower shutter speed, too.