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.