This is a shot I took in August of 2007 at the Grand Canyon. I was amazed when the buck decided to pose for me on the canyon rim. This was shot right after sunrise. They were doing a lot of burning at the time and the canyon was full of a thick haze. I was using a very antiquated Nikon D40 camera back then. The camera's resolution was a whopping 6.1 mexapixels.
I really did not know what I was doing with a digital camera and this was one of the first, if not the first, I ever had. Shot at 1/125th, ƒ5.6, iso 125. I was using my kit lens, the 18-135mm nikkor at 44mm. That was actually a great lens and the pictures I took with the lens camera combination still hold up today.
Don't ask me why I wasn't at ƒ11 because I don't know at this point. Incompetence maybe or perhaps I had no time to do anything but click. Maybe the background smoke was just too thick? I will take it, in any case, warts and all. And I think the composition is good and that will take you a long way. I like how the antler tips break the plane of the canyon rim.
Remember, better to get a decent shot than no shot at all. I have tried to work on the photograph but the inherent limitations in the original capture make it unfixable. No problem, it is what it is.