Once again, up close and personal – in close with a long telephoto.  I love getting in close like this to living things, both in terms of being there with them, and also of seeing the resulting very shallow depths of focus.

The expression is one of  consternation and horror – well, its not unknown for me to have that effect.   I like the curve of the body from the head out to the tail.  Compositionally, viewing the image from left to right as we Westerners do, the sweep of the creature’s back leads my eye into the photo and up and on to the in-focus face.

Other pictures of these birds, and context, are herehere and here.

Click onto the image to open a larger version in a separate window, and click onto that image to enlarge it yet again.

Technique: X-T2 with 55-200 Fujinon lens at 305mm; 3200 ISO; Lightroom, using the Astia/Soft film simulation; Stanton Drew, near Bristol; 4 May 2018.

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.

14 Responses to BIRDS 107 – CHICKEN 5

  1. bluebrightly says:

    If not consternation and horror, at least puzzlement….it’s a good moment you caught!


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      LOL! >>> thank you!!! When photographing chickens, I always try to remember to take off my KFC badge …. 😉 ….

      And, on a serious note, I see that a Mountain Lion attacked two cyclists in your neck of the woods – apparently the first fatality in a century. Serious stuff – Nature is beautiful, but also deadly. A

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      • bluebrightly says:

        I just heard about that – it was starving, I don’t know why. Horrible, but you have to respect, and remember there are powers greater than ours.


        • Adrian Lewis says:

          In Kenya, old male lions who were unable due to their age etc to take their normal prey animals have turned their attentions to people – maybe something like that here. But, anyway, beautiful as predators are, that’s what’s hard-wired into them. 🙂


  2. Perhaps the bird is a bit wary but certainly not horrified😊. Excellent photo.


  3. My son has a plethora of guineas, turkeys, chicks, hens, and ducks. You would be in photographer paradise there. 😉 Great stuff, bud.


  4. paula graham says:

    Yea, one of the best.


  5. Great chicken!
    Chickens can be tricky difficult to photograph and this one works well. Cheers 🙂


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