A good animal portrait is one of the most striking type of wildlife images you can create. When executed correctly it is a great way to show the essence of the subject.
I had quite a tough time choosing only ten images this week as there were a lot of submissions and a lot of great submissions. This is another theme we might have to revisit towards the end of the year.
On that last point, if you guys have any suggestions as to #beinspiredby themes you would like to see please fire away in the comments below this post. The entire Wild Eye team has a lot of travel and safari time coming up and we’re going to do out best to keep the Friday sharing going and your suggestions for themes would help a great deal!
I say this each week but I urge you to check out all the other images that was posted to our page as there are some awesome visuals. If you like an image take a few seconds and tell the photographer why and let’s try to add even more value to the Be Inspired By themes!
Right, here goes with this week’s selection of YOUR great wildlife images.
Image by Chris du Plessis
“I love the well worn beak and striking colours of this ground hornbill in the KNP.”
* * *
Image by Thomas Brühlmann
“We met this beautiful male leopard one evening on a game drive at Londolozi Game Reserve. He was very relaxed and dozing until a hyena walked by. He followed the hyena with this very intense gaze.”
* * *
Image by Joni Munsterteiger
“Elk in Yellowstone National Park.”
* * *
“I know this post will probably get some people going, but I absolutely adore coyotes. They are like North America’s version of the hyena, an excellent predator with a bad reputation that they don’t deserve. Also like hyenas, they are intelligent and inventive survivors. I feel for anyone who has lost a beloved pet to a coyote, but I find it unreasonable to be angry at a predator for depredation. It’s what they do. The responsibility is on us to protect our pets and live in harmony with nature, not vilify it. I hope this post doesn’t cost me fans, but I love those wile coyotes!”
* * *
Image by Charmaine Lindhorst Joubert
“This photo of a young caracal was taken early one morning in Addo Elephant National Park. It’s a very special photo to me because sightings of these beautiful cats are always so fleeting but we were so fortunate to watch this youngster and it’s mother interact for about 15 minutes before it sat next to the road looking as us for a few seconds before slinking off into the think bush.”
Image by Rudi Hulshof
“As important as the subject is in getting a nice portrait, so too is the background. Loved the Bokeh that I managed to capture with my Nikon and Sigma setup on this day.”
* * *
“Top Dog – During my latest foray into Mana Pools in Zimbabwe I had the privilege to spend some time with the Wild Dogs on foot. I love to try to capture something about the character of the animals I am photographing – this is my take on a Wild Dog power portrait.”