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Leaping Roe Deer

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Spring is the best time to photograph farmland wildlife, before crops grow tall enough to hide the animals. I walked around Pewsey Hill Farm soon after sunrise until I disturbed a pair of roe deer. Adopting an unobtrusive position on the downland slope, with the sun behind me, I was fortunate that the deer ran across a field of oil seed rape, leaping and bounding. The key to getting this image sharp was pre-setting the exposure to F/5.6 and 1/1,250th of a second, a high burst rate of 8 frames per second, selecting the central autofocus point and keeping it over the deer as I panned across the field. I like the dynamic posture of the deer and the fact that all its legs are well clear of the ground, giving the impression that it is hurtling through the air.