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Fridays In Black And White – The Deer Sleeping

The Deer Sleeping  –  photograph   – © 2019 – Howard Faxon

This image of a sleeping deer in tall grass is interesting for the pose and the blending of the fur with the grass. It takes advantage of the similar tonal values of the grass and the fur to create a blending of the figure and the ground that could not exist in a color photograph. Seeing deer sleep this way is similar to seeing a duck sleep while standing on one foot. It doesn’t look comfortable.

I did some after camera work on this image. I changed the black point to make some of the darker grays become black.


What do you think?

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    • I like having them around. Most people in town are ambivalent to deer to say the least. I try not to let them see me taking deer pics. That would make me a tourist.
      It’s comforting. If deer are around you can relax because they are so hyper aware. If they are chillin’, it’s all good. Cheers Carol.

    • It’s not I promise. If the photo was in color it would look less like that. As soon as the camera beeped he woke up and turned to look at me. Only one half of their brains sleep at a time. Like all animals I guess except humans and sometimes domestic cats. … I had concerns that this picture may look like what you said. He’s fine –

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