This has been my longest-running side-project, which I’ve now been working on for a few years. It’s a collection of dark images of various animals, in a style inspired by traditional low-key portraiture. I use a combination of lighting, composition, and in-camera techniques, with digital processing in Lightroom, using a workflow I’ve developed myself.
When I started experimenting with this technique, I hadn’t seen it done elsewhere. These days I see more photographers doing it, but I try to keep my standards high, and only produce good quality images in this style.
Red squirrel, back-lit in low light.White-Tailed Sea Eagle - On BlackWhite-Tailed Sea EagleA red deer stands proudly in the dying embers of the sunset lightSpoonbill on a black backgroundLow key portrait of a male lionA lioness against a black backgroundJaguar Yawn on a black backgroundRed Squirrel looks up from drinkingLeopard walking towards the camera out of the blackLowlight Highland Cattle - B&WA highland cattle cow in low light, on black.A cow stands staring at the viewer, in a dark studio-lit portrait.A pelican in black and white, shot low-key on a black backgroundAbstract view of a zebra, from above.A dark and moody photo of a moose in the black.Cheetah - Lowlight PortraitLow-key side angle profile portrait of a Bengal tiger, on a black background.A bengal tiger walking out of the darkGrizzly bear, back-lit by the sun.

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Keywords:black, dark, low-key, portrait