Today’s “Image of the day” is of a Barking Deer

Article 5 of “Image of the Day” Series.

Image of the Day- Blog 4- Shooting a Barking Deer in the Himalayas of Uttarakhand


Camera:Canon 7DM2

Lens: Canon 400mm f/5.6

Shutter speed: 1/60 Sec

f-stop: f/6.3

ISO: 3200

Aperture Priority

Evaluative Metering.


I am lucky to have such pristine forests all around me. I wake up every morning to calls of Blue-whistling thrushes, Great barbets and Grey bush-chats calling very early in the morning. Mating season is on the high and so are the birds ?.

When I am not traveling to new places, I explore my area thoroughly for images and spots. Two days back I took off along the Madhmaheshwar highway. Since it was almost dark when I left, there was no one on the road. My target for the day was a spot some 2 Kms along the highway, where I was hoping to see some mammals.

Nature though had some other plans. 1 km outside my village, and just below the road is a clearing amidst dense forest. I have at times seen Yellow-throated martins in that clearing and was hoping to see them again.

As I looked, I saw this Barking deer feeding very silently in the clearing. It had not seen me yet, so I immediately sat down on the road and started shooting. Since it was almost dark and I had no tripod, I set my camera to continuous high in the hope of getting one sharp shot at a shutter speed of 1/50 Sec. The deer heard me, but instead of panicking, it simply and without any hurry walked away in the dense forest beyond.

My first shot of a barking deer took more than 2 years and this guy, as of today I have been seeing for three days in a row.  Nature’s plans are always unexpected. I guess it’s the same with life too!!!!?

That’s it for the day, end of Blog 5

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