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Friday, August 8, 2014

August Personal Photo Challenge

It's that time again - Donna has challenged us with the theme of Animals this month for her Personal Photo Challenge. I was sorry to miss participating last month as we were offline for days, thanks to Arthur...  So I'm happy to be back!
Donna mentions that being a photographer of animals gives one the chance to practice the virtue of patience. She is so right... Animals are unpredictable and aren't always so keen on posing.. or following directions... My original plans (pets) were foiled. Oliver, my feline companion, didn't feel like posing for me; my sister-in-law's new puppy is so full of energy that many of my photos of him were not perfectly sharp - he had no intention of holding still for more than half a nano-second! Plans to photograph another dog didn't work out... so I have turned to my archives for something a little different - farm animals.

Taken at Kings Landing Historical Settlement, this photo of a lamb was taken in early September.  (Perhaps I should say "young sheep" - at what point does one go from being a lamb to a sheep??)  Regardless, she was photogenic, even with her dirty wool. She looked like she could use a good bath! She stuck close to what I assumed was her mother, so it was hard to catch her with a preferable background of grass or field, but I think there is enough contrast with her lighter head against her mother's
darker wool. I used a shutter speed of 1/250 to be sure to "freeze" her.


Charlie the rooster belongs to the brother of a friend. He was happy to pose and show off his spectacular plumage, but he wasn't about to strike a pose for long. "Be quick about it", he seemed to be thinking! Once again I was aiming for an uncluttered background  but I could not avoid the barn boards in the background. (I should have used a shallower depth of field so the background was in softer focus.) But I do think his surroundings make it clear we are in a barnyard! When I was a child, we had a small flock of hens and one downright mean rooster who loved to chase and peck children's legs, so I've always given roosters a wide berth... This was taken on a very bright sunny day with a shutter speed of 1/500.


The backlighting on this horse caught my eye as I drove by him in a field. He too looked like he needed a bath, but I guess he was a working farm horse, not a "fairytale shining white steed". He paid me no mind as I tried to entice him to come a little closer. It was a warm day and all he was interested in was the grass he was nibbling. Taken with a shutter speed of 1/350.

I hope you'll drop by Donna's Challenge here and see what other participants have done this month.

Peace,
Linda

"Animals are such agreeable friends - they ask no questions; they pass no criticisms." ~ George Eliot

23 comments:

ClickNCamera said...

I know what you mean, my pets don't always want to please me when they see my camera is out. These are wonderful photos, I especially love the rooster and I would like to have several near our home to hear them crow. Enjoy your weekend!

Lori E said...

What is it about those 3 animals that makes them the best subjects for photos and paintings?
Sheep always look so cute, chickens and roosters always look like they are posing for the paparazzi and horses are so elegant and they know it.

Country Gal said...

Donna is right , I am mostly of nature photography and it takes a lot of patience for that perfect shot a lot of shots of the same thing and the love of nature good thing I love both and enjoy studying my subjects as I am waiting lol ! I love photographing my Miggs and of the horses we photograph at the horse club we belong to as their photographers and the odd call we get from other horsey people to take horse photos for their buying and selling of horses or just because , Thanks for sharing , lovely photos ! Have a good weekend !

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

You are a true mother - you see cute animals and think how dirty they are and need a bath. I'm chuckling over this. Love the shared animals.
I've photographed sheep a couple of times at a local farm and usually through my car window so as not to scare them or the 2 white dogs that blend in.
One day they were by the fence near the road and I pulled over quietly and crept out of the car only to nearly keel over from the smell. Egads, they might be cute but they all could have used a hosing down. :-)

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

It's nice to see a variety of animals. Love that proud rooster and white horse. We watched part of The Lone Ranger tonight and he probably thinks he looks like Silver! Enjoy your weekend! hugs, Diane

podso said...

Quite the photogenic lamb, and the rooster is so colorful, he stands up for a good photo! You have a nice set of animal photos!

Fit and Healthy Baby Boomers said...

I enjoyed your photos and especially the colorful rooster! Thanks for sharing.

Maggie said...

There's something magical about photographing farm animals in their natural habitat, you have some great captures here.

Pamela Gordon said...

These are great animal portraits Linda. I love the sheep one.

LindyLou Mac said...

Calling by from the APPC today, grat selection of portraits.

deb @ frugal little bungalow said...

The lamb makes me want to reach out and touch his soft wooly coat :)

TexWisGirl said...

loved all 3 shots! :)

Vee said...

Oh that rooster! He's magnificent!

Donna said...

You did a terrific job with capturing these farm animals! You had to be especially quick with the rooster, I know, because they are so fidgety! Nice and sharp. I adore the horse too. And my favorite is the first one! The composition is beautiful. I did a similar composition a couple of years ago with a colt standing by the momma horse.

Donna said...

I don't care for roosters either!Hahaa...Love the barn yard shots! Well done!
hughugs

Angela said...

That Backlit horse is wonderful!

Mary said...

These are all great shots and I love catching farm animals in my lens….because I love to go visiting farms and the countryside!

Great job, love them all, thanks for sharing with us.
Mary

Lorrie said...

These are great barnyard photos. Adorable lamb, arrogant rooster and placid horse - great job!

Veralynne Malone said...

Excellent job with the photos. It is funny how our pets sometimes won't pose for us. I mean after we do for them...lol....Thanks for posting!

Louisette said...

Nice interesting article, greeting from Belgium

Jeito Mineiro de Ser said...

Uma ótima seleção de animais de fazenda. você fez lindas fotos! Parabéns!
Um abraço!
A nice selection of farm animals. you made ​​beautiful photos! Congratulations!
Hugs!
Egléa

Debby Ray said...

Linda, oh my...what beautiful captures of these wonderful farm animals! They need to be in a book somewhere! I hope you are having a good weekend!

Gwen Buchanan said...

Gorgeous shots Linda. and exactly right about needing lots of patience to capture animals. You did wonderful..

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