The snow this time was better for photographs here in the New Forest because it was a bit warmer and it was sticking to the trees and plants so I ventured out early this morning to play with the camera. Found some Red Deer and a Roe Deer but couldn’t find the Fallow Bucks.
Hand a chance to photograph some Fallow Bucks in the New Forest national Park this week. One or two of them were starting to drop their antlers but most still had them. There were a couple of lovely White Bucks that were very obliging. I’ve picked these photos because I love the way their eyes are catching the afternoon light.
This photo is from a shoot with Louise Rogers. I decided to use it as a competition entry at the camera club and wanted to focus on her muscle definition and her veins which is why I cropped it the way I did. I rather cheekily called it “The Weaker Sex” and that is one reason why I deliberately kept in the lipstick and enhanced the light falling on the nail varnish. The flash of blond hair helped too. These touches would have been lost if I went down the route of monochrome so I kept the colour image. It’s almost impossible to predict how a judge will react to a photo like this in a club competition so a felt pleasantly surprised when it was awarded 10/10 and a Seal of Merit.
I have a couple more body building shoots lined up soon but this time it will be men. When you get subjects that through disciplined training and years of dedication become extraordinary you have a great opportunity for very striking photos. It’s something that I truly respect which is why I like this genre. Watch this space.
On a cold snowy “FIRST DAY OF SPRING” I though I would try to capture some bullfinches at the bird table. Even though they come regularly it’s much more difficult than you think to get the timing right together with the focal plane and they don’t always cooperate with their line of approach either.