Today I’ve a new picture to share with you but also I need your help.
First off here’s a new picture that I made this past weekend…
Not surprisingly I call it ‘Deer Stag in Snow’ but the original photograph I took when out early morning with my friend Ray Fidler at Bucklebury Farm in Reading, UK. I’d mentioned to Ray that I wanted to add a Deer Stag picture to my ongoing animals project and had ideas of adding it into a Scottish Highland scene complete with distant mountains, heather etc…
I’ve been meaning to fly up to Scotland again for some time now to visit friends but to also get out into the Highlands to take the background pictures, but time being the way it is, I just haven’t had any so the picture had until now been put in the ‘To Do’ folder.
Anyway this past weekend I was just browsing through some websites like 500px (great places for inspiration) when I came across this absolutely stunning picture by photographer Pim Leijen…
Don’t ask me why but as soon as I saw it I immediately thought ‘I should do the Stag in a snow scene’ and that was it….immediately researching pictures of Deer in Snow, saving them and keeping them as reference and then started to work on my own picture.
Reference pictures are a MUST; especially when working on realistic composites so that you get to see all the small details that will help with the realism. In my case, the distant trees, the subtle appearance of mist when snow is present and so on. It’s paying attention to the small details that make the BIG difference that’s for sure; well that and slowing down. I started on this picture and got to the point when I thought I’d finished but over time I’ve learned that this is the time to down tools and come back to the picture later and look at it with fresh eyes. THAT is when you’ll know if the picture is finished or not.
Anyway here’s the original out of camera picture that I took whilst out with Ray at Bucklebury Farm; taken using my Canon 5D MKIII and f/2.8 70-200mm lens. (Oh and for those interested I was photographing in Aperture Priority at f/2.8)
Ok so here is where I need your help…
I’m just about to start recording some new full length tutorials that will be available to download. I know two of the ones I’m doing BUT my question to you is…would you like to see this one as a tutorial?
If you could let me know by posting a comment below I’d really appreciate it; and if it’s a yes then I’ll get to it straight away.
Thanks for checking in and I’ll catch you back here next time.
•CLICK HERE to check out the LARGE version of my Deer Stag in Snow picture over in my 500px portfolio