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