Wonderful Copenhagen: Dyrehaven - The Royal Hunting Ground and Park and some of its 2000 deer

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Comments (10)

silgab on January 30, 2009


Ian Stehbens on January 30, 2009

Thanks Gab. I wish you well with the contest - January or December?


jeff_msn123 on January 31, 2009

Did you hunt?


Ian Stehbens on January 31, 2009

Dear Jeff,

No not me. I don't even use the words, "shoot" or "capture" when talking about photography, so this picture represents my best hunting!

Warm greetings, my friend,


jeff_msn123 on January 31, 2009


Ha! Ha! Ha!

Hunt means search. I am not as lucky as you do. Normally, I need a lot of time to search for a good chance or moment for good photos.

I use google translator in handling language other than Chinese and English.

You know that there are two meanings for the word "Shot" - Gun shot and taking photo. But, the software use the first meaning in translation.

When I said "Nice shot", it turns out to be "Nice shooting". Luckily that I am too far away from you. They are unable to fire back to me with bullet to prove that they are "Nice shot". LOL

Cheers from Hong Kong, Jeff

Ian Stehbens on February 1, 2009

Dear Jeff,

Thanks for the play with words. You put a wider smile on my face.

And the deer are still there, I believe, and I am sure they just keep wandering into the viewfinder of many a camera. They are so peaceful and at ease with the millions of visitors that flow through this grand park on the northern outskirts of Copenhagen.

May I elaborate on my thoughts on the language and metaphors we use in English for Photography?

As one who is committed to building peace, I have had to modify my language, for words that sound violent or help to create that attitude, I have needed to be expunged as far as possible. Unfortuneatly in English the language we use for photography is quite aggressive (shoot, capture, aim, take, photoshoot) and acquisitive. I wonder then can we find different ways to truly reflect our art. I have been trying then to "receive a landscape", "record an event", "create an image", "to photograph", "to focus". I have even been experimenting with longer periods of contemplation of a landscape before photographing it. And I have tried placing the camera on objects in the landscape rather than using a tripod to put the camera where I want it or instead of holding it to my eye as if I aimong to shoot. And I think it is helping me be more artistic, and less controlling. And for me that is somewhat liberating.

Jeff, I trust these thoughts are helpful, for this is a wonderful forum in which to discuss our wonderful hobby. I would be very interested in your reflection on this, if you have a moment, sometime.

Thank you so much for your friendship, and regular visits to my gallery. And thanks for keeping me up to date on HK.


Amelia Royan on February 7, 2009

I love the conversation here Ian, and even if we go further back, photos used to be called snaps. Still an aggressive form of capture. You are really making me think about things - I must read the book.

Greetings, Amelia

Ian Stehbens on February 7, 2009

Thank you so very much, Amelia.

The book, for anyone interested was written by Howard Zehr who works principally in the area of Restorative justice including in the prison system in US, having learnt much from the Maori approaches to youth offenders in New Zealand. His photography book is worth a read: Howard ZEHR 2005: The Little Book of Contemplative Photography. Seeing with wonder, respect, and humility, Intercourse PA, Good Books.


Amelia Royan on February 7, 2009

Of course I didn't comment on the photo of the deer :(

They seem totally oblivious of you and rightly so Ian. The background looks like blackthorn, and of course it may well be considering where you were at the time :)

I'm not fluent at all in Norwegian, having only arrived here 15 months ago. French - gagner to gain, To capture - capturer, To hunt - chasser,

To search and to find - chercher et trouver. This must be what it's all about


Ian Stehbens on February 7, 2009

Dear Amelia,

I was impressed by the way they were framed by the arches of blackthorn. I remember remarking to my companions at the time that they had obliged by presenting with the opportunity for a beautifully framed image. We all could see that, and it was confirmed in the preview.

I had found a treasure of nature. And received it, gratefully, that I might share it with others. Then along came GE, and it has been received in Italy, Hong Kong, Stavanger and Belgrade..together with other places.

Isn't it wonderful!


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