In mid-March, I took part in a “photo challenge” with Nextgen Photo Academy at Irene Dairy Farm. I last went to the farm when I was too young to remember it, so I found it a very interesting and enjoyable experience.
We had fourteen different challenges to choose between – we could do as many or as few as we wanted to. Our photos were then reviewed a few nights later.
Task: to change your perspective by ‘getting low’ and aiming upwards at your subject.
Task: Capture an image of people in their environment.
While I’m not usually a fan of portrait photography, I couldn’t resist when I looked up from behind an old tractor and saw this…the finger up the nose was just an added bonus!
Task: use elements such as line, shape, and texture to produce an abstract, arty image.
These are a couple of my favourite photos from the excursion – though I have been trying to take a photo of a spider-web for so long now, that the eventual result was a tad anti-climatic.
Task: Take an image where the shadow of an object is the main subject.
Task: combine environmental elements and photography techniques to produce a moody image.
As I think almost all good photos have a moody element to them, I found I was easily inspired for this challenge. In the end I used this gorgeous little guy as my model, a job which he seemed to take very seriously; he paraded around his pen crying plaintively and looking mournful the entire time I was there.
Wide angle animal portrait:
Task: effectively use the distortion provided by 10-20mm focal distances to capture an animal portrait.
While I was there I also had my hand suckled on for nearly twenty minutes:
…and I did some exploring, which turned up a few interesting composures:
I would highly recommend the Irene Dairy Farm to animal-lovers, and photographers interested in animal portraiture, macro photography, environmental portraits, and even landscape photography.