Deer Photos with “Sports” setting

Tuesday, March 18, 2014. -15˚C / +5˚F // -25˚C Wind Chill at 7:00 am.

Deer near house.
Deer photo, shot with digital camera set on the ‘sports’ setting.

While I was in New Hampshire, zooming around the state with one of my best all time friends, I actually learned something.

First, when photos in a semi dark restaurant came out blurry, my cousin wondered why I didn’t use a setting that fixed that.

Later, when my friend spotted something and took a photo from the passenger’s seat of my moving vehicle, I asked him if he wanted me to pull over or stop so he could get a steadier shot, he replied, “Oh no- I use the sports setting. It freezes motion.”

Shortly after that I had a “Well -duh!” moment and realized that my camera did have the same type of setting and I had found a broad range of specialized settings, (Like “Night Time”, “Sunset”, “cuisine”, and so on) almost by accident. I had originally breezed through the instruction booklet and only read in depth what I needed to know immediately, like how to put the battery and SD Card in and get those right… But- yeah, the night time setting does came in handy. And now the sports setting… yum.

Look carefully beyond the young deer to the left of the others (with his or her head twisted around to see what I was up to). There is something white under the branch of the evergreen back there.

That is a White Deer under the evergreen tree branch.
This is a telephoto shot. Not extreme, but I did not use a tripod or hold my breath until my head exploded.

The white deer in the photo above is usually hanging way back behind the normally coloured deer in this group. He or she is a bit more spooky than most and it is hard to get a photo of this guy (or gal), especially when surrounded by white snow. (( One shot that Cathi got, somebody looked at the white deer and said, “Ah come on- that’s a goat.” No it isn’t.

Family of deer in shade on snowy hillside.
Another telephoto shot. Again, I’m happy with the results and I did not have to take half a dozen shots before I got one steady enough.

Yes, I could have used this setting before. My life would have been a bit less stressful. My ‘Professional’ self critical sense a lot less active, my frustration levels less acute.

See? It’s good to have friends.

(Imagine your favourite smiley face here.)