Capturing the Essence of a Whitetail Doe

Whitetail deer, known for their grace and beauty, never cease to amaze wildlife photographers like myself. In this encounter, I had the privilege of photographing a Whitetail Doe up close, and the experience was nothing short of breathtaking.

Whitetail Doe Up Close And Personal
Whitetail Doe Up Close And Personal

Getting Acquainted with the Whitetail Doe

I had my trusty 500mm lens ready, and as luck would have it, the Doe came astonishingly close. This encounter allowed me to capture an incredible level of detail, resulting in a stunning photograph that truly brings out the essence of this magnificent creature.

The Perfect Moment at Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge

This memorable encounter took place on the auto tour road at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma. To ensure stability and precision, I positioned my camera and lens on a bean bag, thoughtfully draped over the open window of my pickup.

Equipment at My Disposal

To create this remarkable shot, I relied on the following equipment:

  • Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III
  • Lens: Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS

Technical Insights

Here are some technical details for fellow photography enthusiasts:

  • Location: Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge, Oklahoma
  • Date & Time Taken: September 13, 2010, at 07:21:22 A.M.
  • Shooting in Aperture Priority mode
  • Aperture: f/5.0
  • Shutter speed: 1/400 sec (determined by the camera)
  • ISO: 800
  • Exposure Compensation: 0 EV
  • Focal Length: 500mm


Photographing wildlife up close and personal is an incredible experience, and capturing the beauty of a Whitetail Doe with precision requires the right equipment and a bit of luck. With the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge as the backdrop, I was able to create an image that truly showcases the remarkable detail and charm of this creature.

Incorporating these elements into your wildlife photography adventures can lead to unforgettable moments and stunning images that resonate with viewers. Remember, it’s not just about the equipment; it’s about being in the right place at the right time and appreciating the beauty of nature.