Photographing Deer in the Late Afternoon

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Late afternoon can often be the best time for photographing wildlife. In this video, professional wildlife photographers Doug Gardner and Bill Lea photograph a magnificent buck grazing in the late golden light. You will learn to position yourself eye-level to your subject, why it’s best to shoot 1/3rd stop under your meter reading, how to capture the neutral tones of green, brown, and gray, and why it’s wise to let the deer come to you. As a bonus, a black bear suddenly appears and chases off the buck while the photographers capture the drama. As Doug observes, a photographer can feel pretty small in the wide world of nature.

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