Deer (gallery)

Having stumbled upon a large enclosure of deer at Woodmancote (West Sussex) while walking last year I thought it would be an ideal place to play with a recent acquisition (a 50 year old Meyer Optik Görlitz 1Q Orestor 4/300 lens) and spend some quiet time honing my stalking skills.

During a brief visit last week a cross wind helped mask my scent and sound while I got myself into a hollow by the pond the deer drink from. Three curious (and possibly thirsty) females came up through the woods in my direction…

Fallow deer doe female in woodland with dappled sun light, Woodmancote West Sussex UK ©P. Maton 2019 eyeteeth.net

…making my way through the deer trails inside a hedge with the wind blowing my scent and sound towards them I was spotted by this stag wile I looked trough the cleft of a hawthorn trunk.

Fallow deer stag with green antlers standing in meadow grass seen through cleft in tree, rural colour portrait Woodmancote West Sussex UK ©P. Maton 2019 eyeteeth.net

I had some time to go back yesterday and managed to get much closer to a group of them despite the wind not being in my favour. Being quiet and crawling my way up behind clumps of common rushes peeked their interest and bought them towards me, one curious young doe got around five feet from me while I was taking pictures of this stag with it’s newly forming antlers; The inquisitive doe was too close to focus on so I looked in silent awe as it sniffed the air before me, a wonderful encounter.

Fallow deer stag with green antlers standing in meadow grass, rural wildlife photography portrait Woodmancote West Sussex UK ©P. Maton 2019 eyeteeth.net

 

Young Fallow deer male and female in meadow grass, rural wildlife photography portrait Woodmancote West Sussex UK ©P. Maton 2019 eyeteeth.net

 

Fallow deer doe female in meadow grass and sunlight, rural wildlife photography Woodmancote West Sussex UK ©P. Maton 2019 eyeteeth.net

 

Fallow deer stag with green antlers standing in meadow grass, rural monochrome portrait Woodmancote West Sussex UK ©P. Maton 2019 eyeteeth.net

 

Fallow deer doe with one eye closeup portrait, rural monochrome portrait Woodmancote West Sussex UK ©P. Maton 2019 eyeteeth.net

 

 


Fallow deer doe female in meadow grass, rural black and white wildlife photography Woodmancote West Sussex UK ©P. Maton 2019 eyeteeth.net

 


Fallow deer stag with green antlers standing by hedge in meadow grass, rural monochrome portrait Woodmancote West Sussex UK ©P. Maton 2019 eyeteeth.net

 

This particular group seem much more approachable than the other two on site, hopefully I will enjoy more time among them soon.

 

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Street (gallery)

Young couple with linked arms walking away beside ladder down victorian town street, Kensington Place Brighton UK black and white documentary street photography portrait ©P. Maton 2019 eyeteeth.net

Together
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Kensington Place
Brighton UK
20/02/19

 

Fashionable stylish young woman standing in street under silver birch tree mobile phone, Gloucester Road Brighton UK colour documentary street photography portrait ©P. Maton 2019 eyeteeth.net

Smartphone
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Gloucester Road
Brighton UK
20/02/19

Silhouetted man with headphones walking away into sunlit street with victorian lamp on wall, Queen's Gardens Brighton UK black and white documentary street photography portrait ©P. Maton 2019 eyeteeth.netSunlamp
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Queen’s Gardens
Brighton UK

20/02/19

Fashionable stylish young woman sitting with crossed legs on bench studying mobile phone, New Road Brighton UK colour documentary street photography portrait ©P. Maton 2019 eyeteeth.net

Meditation
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New Road
Brighton UK
20/02/19

 

While I usually prefer to use wider angle lenses at close quarters for street photography it was interesting to put this lovely old manual focus Meyer Optik Görlitz 1Q Orestor 2.8/135 lens to the task. It encouraged me to slow down and consider the composition giving me the chance to capture more distant scenes that would often change before I could get within range to frame them as I would like.

Fujifilm XT-2 | Meyer Optik Görlitz 1Q Orestor 2.8/135 | Zhong Yui Lens Turbo II