Be Inspired By: Animal Portraits

Gerry van der Walt All Authors, Gerry 7 Comments

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.

Be Inspired By:  Animal Portraits

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Image by Chris du Plessis

“I love the well worn beak and striking colours of this ground hornbill in the KNP.”

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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.”

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Image by Joni Munsterteiger

“Elk in Yellowstone National Park.”

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Image by David J. Marshak Wildlife Photography

“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!”

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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.”

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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.”

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Image by Alison Buttigieg Wildlife Photography

“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.”

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Image by Chetan K Jain

“Taken at noon, standing a few feet away from this monkey, in a temple in rural Andhra Pradesh. I like the light and shadows here. These monkeys pester visitors for food. They steal anything they can lay their hands on (mobiles, hats, bags, shoes .. you name it) .. and at the slightest threat, they vanish into the trees nearby.”

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Image by William Steel Photography

“A beautiful puffin from Skomer island, West Wales. All the elements came together to make one of my favourite shots of all time. “

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Image by Fred von Winckelmann

“Took this portrait of a leopardess somewhere in Moremi while she was climbing down a large tree during a light rain shower (tiny white stripes in the image) and stopped for a brief second while doing that, maybe having a brief moment of recognition while looking me straight in the lens.”

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As always a huge thanks to everybody who shared their images on our Facebook page and a specific shout out to all of the names that are popping up regularly.  It’s awesome to see you guys get into it and we love seeing your images week after wee.

Make sure to check out the Wild Eye Facebook page for more images and stay tuned for the next Be Inspired By theme!

Have a great week!

Until next time,

 

Gerry

About the Author

Gerry van der Walt

I am a private and specialist photographic safari guide, public speaker, co founder of Wild Eye and wildlife photographer. Visit my website at www.gerryvanderwalt.com or follow my journey on Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter and Periscope.  I look forward to changing the way you see the world! Have you checked out The Wildlife Photography Podcast?

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  1. Joni Munsterteiger

    Thank you for choosing one of my images! There were a lot of beautiful images this week– love seeing the different animals from around the world. I like to see how photographers see wildlife–what captures your interest, and how you choose to relay that memory to others. Just awesome and inspiring!

  2. Carol Bell

    Well done to the top ten. I enjoyed Joni’s input on animals I have not seen and what he told me about them. The stance of his elk fascinated me.

    How about things like… footprints/feet… ears ext of animals, shutter speeds, artistic approach, movement, ISO how high can you go……. this type of thing might challenge us…. and take us out of our comfort zone. Don’t know what anyone else thinks about this.

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