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Walton Moor, south of the Polden Hills; 13 Jan 2016.

My penchant for getting in close for an animal portrait, in this case via a telephoto; having the beast looming large and filling – if not bursting out of – the frame.

As well as this creature’s great, shaggy presence, I like all the lengths of loose straw hanging from its thick woollen coat – it has recently been led down, probably beside the winter feed put out by the farmer.

D800 used in DX format with a 70-300 Nikkor to give a 450mm telephoto; 800 ISO; Silver Efex Pro 2, starting at the Wet Rocks 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. Really like the tight composition on this one, Adrian, and the warmth for a monochrome.


  2. krikitarts says:

    Such a serene expression on her face–must have just found an especially succulent mouthful.

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Agreed! By the way, you being a vet and all, I witnessed an absolutely dreadful thing on one of my strolls around here – two, greyhound like dogs killing a cat, by the side of a main road. I have of course seen many things like this on safari, but they were expected there, “part of the scene” you might say. But not a mile from my front door this was something else – the sheer, naked savagery of it all was truly horrific. A


      • krikitarts says:

        This is the reason greyhounds should never be permitted to run free, especially if they are retired track racers. They are naturally programmed to chase down practically anything smaller than they are. At the very least they should have been muzzled. Greyhounds and their immediate relatives (Afghans, Salukis, Borzois, etc.) are certainly gorgeous animals and there are few creaturess that are more elegant at a full run (particularly when viewed in slow motion), but having one in the family carries with it a considerable amount of responsibility, which, unfortunately many don’t take to heart.


        • Adrian Lewis says:

          Well, both of these large dogs – which I have now heard are Wolfhounds – were on leads, but the owner was quite unable to hold them back from savaging the cat – it took three grown men (including a distinctly uneasy / fearful me) to get the cat out of their clutches. A very sad day, which every time I pass that spot I am reminded of. A


  3. sevenroses says:

    enthralling and so different!


  4. Meanderer says:

    The close up really shows the detail. I love the light on her face 🙂


  5. I love sheep!! great mono!


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