A pair of Muntjac Deer, grooming below our kitchen window, in the weak winter sun; 20 Jan 2016.

This is a very close crop, not intended to show these animals’ surroundings at all but, rather, to produce a tight, somewhat graphic composition that virtually fills the frame with their bodies, while positioning their heads at opposing corners of the frame, across a diagonal. 

Although there is very little context here, I’m grateful for the two thin strands of Bramble that fall down either side of the female (the animal in the foreground) – they introduce another, quite different component to the composition and, I think, help give a greater impression of depth.  Restoring their green colour would ruin the shot.

These little deer are not native to Britain, having been introduced here from the Far East.  But being small and unobtrusive, they are now widespread.  Our back garden is very secluded and quiet, especially at this time of year, and these little creatures can often be seen delicately feeding; they have been accompanied in the past by an absolutely delightful fawn.  But they are extremely nervous and flighty, rushing off at the slightest alarm, and so all pictures have be taken through closed windows, which is not ideal.

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D800 with 70-300 Nikkor at 300mm; 1600 ISO; Silver Efex Pro 2, starting at the Strong Infrared Low Contrast preset.

About Adrian Lewis
Photographer working in monochrome, colour and combinations of the two - with a great liking for all sorts of images, including Minimalism, landscapes, abstracts, soft colour, people, movement, nature - I like to be adventurous in my photography, trying new ideas and working in many genres. And I'm fond of Full English Breakfasts and Duvel golden ale, though not necessarily together.


  1. krikitarts says:

    What lovely animals! I didn’t realize they were now part of your regular fauna. Lovely portrait!


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Thank you, my friend. Britain has many foreign species now, as I’m sure does the States – and Grey Squirrels, an export from your part of the world, are in our garden most days – and into our roofs spaces too if not kept out – it is a shame that they have displaced our native Red Squirrel but, nevertheless, we like to see them. A


  2. Oh that’s such a lovely intimate portrait of them! I really like the crop 🙂


  3. paula graham says:

    Wow, my friend..what excitement that must have caused. Superb..I do like the composition they gave you.


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