Portrait of a sheep
In a field on Godney Moor; 27 Nov 2014.

There are those who like ample space around the subject of an image in that it gives the composition “room to breathe” – everything is not compressed and hemmed in.

And there is the equally valid point that room should be left around a composition at the point of capture, in case adjustments (e.g. correction of tilting horizons) need to be made post-capture.

There was room left around this creature in the original image, but in the end result I want this glorious beast filling the frame, up close and personal, and with its woolly coat of curls amply on display.  And, in dark surroundings, its the only pale thing on the menu.

D700 with 70-300 Nikkor at 300mm; 400 ISO; Silver Efex Pro 2, starting at the Full Dynamic Smooth preset.

About Adrian Lewis
Photographer working in monochrome, colour and combinations of the two - with a great liking for all sorts of images, including Minimalism, landscapes, abstracts, soft colour, people, movement, nature - I like to be adventurous in my photography, trying new ideas and working in many genres. And I'm fond of Full English Breakfasts and Duvel golden ale, though not necessarily together.


  1. LensScaper says:

    Well fitted, I’d say!


  2. Sallyann says:

    Nice. I particularly like its dirty knees. 🙂


  3. bananabatman says:

    Not leaving enough space is certainly a mistake that I quite often make at the time of capture Adrian. I suspect that I also quite often leave too much in the final image (unless I made the first mistake of course). Hopefully, as time goes by, I make these ‘clangers’ less often.

    You’ve got it just right here, and the sheep looks well set for the falling temperatures. Dave.


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Yes, its difficult, in the “heat of the moment” at the point of capture to always think of these things – it doesn’t always occur to me by any means. Thanks for your good words, Dave. Adrian


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