Natural Art: The Photography of Brad Hill

Showing off the New Hardware

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In the Field

Showing off the New Hardware. Banff National Park, Banff, AB, Canada. December 10, 2004.

This White-tailed buck had just shed the velvet from its antlers when I captured this image - the antlers are still stained blood red and have not been bleached out by the sun.

The biggest challenge in capturing this image was related to the light, or lack thereof! It was very early morning and the sun hadn't cleared the high walls of the mountains. I was shooting out the window of my car (which was, of course, safely pulled off the road) and I needed a long telephoto lens to pull the deer in close enough. The fastest shutter speed I could squeeze out of my camera (using an ISO setting that would produce a quality image) was a slow 1/8s! This was another case where my lens's Vibration Reduction technology gave me the extra edge and helped me through a very photographically challenging situation.

Behind the Camera

Showing off the New Hardware. Banff National Park, Banff, AB, Canada. December 10, 2004.

Digital Capture; Compressed RAW (NEF) format; ISO 200.

Nikon D2H with with Nikon 200-400 mm f/4G ED-IF AF-S VR lens @ 400 mm (600 mm equivalent with digital conversion factor) supported on bean bag. VR turned to "On" and in "Normal" mode.

1/8s @ f6.3; no compensation from matrix-metered exposure setting.

At the Computer

Showing off the New Hardware. Banff National Park, Banff, AB, Canada. December 10, 2004.

RAW Conversion to 16-bit TIFF, including first-pass sharpening and tone curve adjustment, using Phase One's C1 Pro.

All further digital correction on 16-bit TIFF file using Adobe's Photoshop CS, including additional tone curve adjustment, selective saturation enhancement and selective sharpening for web output.


Showing off the New Hardware. Banff National Park, Banff, AB, Canada. December 10, 2004.

Information to follow.

Ten percent of the revenue generated by this image will be donated to the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative.

Species Status in Canada*: This species is not designated as at risk.

White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus) are one of the most widely distributed mammals in North America - they can be found in virtually all of southern Canada and in most of the American states. While whitetails are common now, in the late 1800's they were in serious risk of extinction - their populations had been reduced from about 40 million (across North America) to under 500,000. The conservation effort to return whitetails to numbers sufficient for long-term survival was massive and included strict harvest regulations, intense management, reintroductions, and habitat protection. Today, most populations in the United States do not represent original stock and the distinction of most historical subspecies is uncertain.

Whitetails resemble Mule Deer quite closely, and the two species overlap in distribution in western North America. The two species tend to prefer different habitats, with whitetails occupying more heavily forested land and along river valley bottoms, while muleys tend to prefer uplands and montane areas. On rare occasions, the two species will interbreed. Occasionally the offspring are fertile, but in most cases they are sterile.

This adult male whitetail was photographed in Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada. While this species is not currently not considered at risk, the region this herd was photographed in is considered as of significant importance in maintaining genetic connectivity between northern and southern populations of large mammals.

The Yellowstone to Yukon (Y2Y) Conservation Initiative seeks to ensure that the world-renowned wilderness, wildlife, native plants, and natural processes of the Yellowstone to Yukon region continue to function as an interconnected web of life, capable of supporting all of its natural and human communities, for current and future generations.

*as determined by COSEWIC: The Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada