I’d been following a small group of whitetail does and fawns for about an hour or so, working my way in trying to get a cool shot when this little guy decided to plop down right in front of me!
How’d I pull it off?
One trick with wildlife that are accustomed to people is to just be patient and persistent with them. Instead of pushing them (like a lot of photographers do), my tactic is to stay at a distance where they feel comfortable, gradually moving in over the course of minutes or sometimes even hours. As long as you don’t stress them, they generally end up accepting you. Eventually.
And then they do cool stuff like lay down right in front of your eager lens! And I couldn’t have positioned him any better – he picked a spot right where some diffused sunlight was making its way through the branches.