To me, there is no doubt about intention when I view this image. It is pure unconditional love. The image is highlighted with magical lighting and a very soft background. I tried to crop the image so that I was only capturing the emotion of what I was seeing through the viewfinder. Therefore, the faces of the mother and child are the essence of this composition.
I feel very fortunate to have created this image. I was in a barnyard with lots of equipment and wood structures. The lighting was very complex and I was following the sheep in and out of bright light and shaded areas. This image was one of those intuitive moments with nature photography. The sheep positioned itself in an area with a very dark background and front light created a soft, almost rim-like effect on the sheep’s face and structure. So, when photographing animals, keep changing your position and try to beware of background at all times.
I love this head shot of the little lamb. The ears are really a main element of the composition and are enhanced by the very soft background. The soft background was achieved with an F-stop around F4.5.
I have mentioned with previous posts that capturing a clear eye makes a great animal portrait. Also, getting low to the ground allowed me to be eye-level with this baby lamb. It created a wonderful portrait with the baby appearing quite dignified. Enjoy!
Ok, let’s play! This photograph definitely makes me smile as it reminds me of childhood play with friends. It also conveys the carefree banter that occurs with friendship, being a child and the feeling of safety and protection. The lighting with this photograph was, again, magical.
I was pleased with the composition of this photograph. Capturing the eyes of almost all of the babies was a delight. Since I was photographing in a barnyard, being aware of background was important. Adding the series of three rocks with the three baby lambs was nice repetition of design. Enjoy!
This is a beautiful portrait of “mother and child” that conveys the care and protection of unconditional love. To me, the piece of grass on both faces adds to the composition. It becomes an organic umbilical cord reflecting the on-going love connection.
Recently, I went to visit The Wildlife Sanctuary in Keenesburg, CO. This is a rescue and rehabilitation organization dedicated to helping large animals. There were wolves, lions, tigers, bears, leopards and many other wildlife on the property. This impressive organization exists with donations and dedication that the volunteers have for the animals. The cost to feed all of the animals each month is $38,000 – remarkable!
I used my telephoto lens to capture this image of the three wolves. The wolf not sleeping seemed blind as one eye appeared permanently shut. The wolf represents “the teacher” in the Native American culture. As a former teacher, I felt blessed and honored to be in their presence.
This portrait conveys the sadness of abuse and documents the need for humans to rescue and provide a safe haven for animals in unfortunate situations. I acknowledge The Wildlife Sanctuary for providing protection and rehabilitation for these animals. Recently, there was national news about The Wildlife Sanctuary’s rescue of over 20 lions from Bolivia. For a photograph of these lions and their story, please click on the following link for The Wildlife Sanctuary – Rescue of Bolivia Lions.
This is one of the rehabilitated tigers at The Wildlife Sanctuary. It clearly shows the healing power of love and compassion that can be achieved when one is given a second chance in life. As I have tried to indicate with these blog posts, nature photography is also an opportunity to document stories of abuse and misuse for both our wildlife and our environment. Nature photography can be a call to action to support our earth and our wildlife.