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ON BLACK

This has been my longest-running side-project; since 2010. 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 only the best quality images in this style.
A dark and moody photo of a moose in the black.A cow stands staring at the viewer, in a dark studio-lit portrait.Lowlight Highland Cattle - B&WA highland cattle cow in low light, on black.Low-key portrait of a highland cow with horns and characteristic orange fur.Large bull photographed in dark, low-key lightSwaledale sheep photographed in low-key style, on black.Blackface Sheep ProfileLeo - Hebridean SheepRed DawnA red deer stands proudly in the dying embers of the sunset lightRed squirrel, back-lit in low light.Side-on portrait on a bald eagle in studio-lit conditions.Southern White Faced Owl - On Black - Lean-InSouthern White Faced Owl - On BlackWhite-Tailed Sea Eagle - On BlackWhite-Tailed Sea EagleAtlantic Puffin (Fratercula arctica) on a cliff top in low light.Puffin On BlackGreen-Winged Macaw - On Black

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Keywords:black, dark, low-key, on black, portrait