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Pocket Crops | January twenty fifteen

iphone photography of ski patrons at killington ski resort

Disposability comes to mind when I think of pictures taken with a phone.  I, like most just grab my phone snap away and then shove it back in my pocket.  That was the end of the line for the majority of those images until I began to integrate all those images into my lightroom catalogue.  I decided to pull those images out and introduce them to the light of day.  Pocket crops will be that shepard.  Each month i’ll post my favorite iphone images here, so to start this off properly I’ll start with January.

 

iphone photography of a dog in the sun
iphone photography of an american flag in the woods

Total accident I stumbled upon this flag.  Nature called and my walk into the woods presented this

iphone photography of a ski hut at killington ski mt

a little out of bounds skiing at Killington

 

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Heckscher Wild: Documenting non native species

Earlier this year the Stamford Nature Center, whom I had recently photographed their domestic farm animals for, asked if I would come by and photograph their non native, exotic animals.  The images were going to be a part of their new exhibit: Heckscher Wild.  The new exhibit will give visitor the ability to experience; geckos, snakes, chinchillas, sugar flyers, and others up close and personal.  Each species is absolutely fascinating and its one thing to have read about these animals online but it is an entirely different experience to see them up close and have a knowledgable staff member give you the full lowdown.  I suppose I was a bit spoiled to have interacted with each individual animal.  The new exhibit opens March 7th.

Fischers Chameleon
Corn Snake
Green Tree Boa
Crested Gecko

 

Check out all the animals on our portfolio

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Starting Fresh for 2015 | Animal Photographer

A little late for well wishing but we’ll wish you a happy New Years anyways!  I hope you’re still sticking with your New Years’ resolutions.  We’ve made a few ourselves one of which is to try and stay on top of the ‘ol blog this year which fell by the wayside last year.  We’ve also just launched a brand new website which can be viewed here.  Check it out when you have some spare time!

 

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Heckscher Farm | Animal Photography

The livestock portrait series was a collaborative effort with the Stamford Museum & Nature Center.  They run the Heckscher Farm that sits on 10 acres of land in Stamford, CT and it is home to farm animals and heritage breed livestock.  Heritage breeds are traditional livestock breeds that were raised by our forefathers. These are the breeds of a bygone era, before industrial agriculture became a mainstream practice.  Together we captured all of these portraits to raise awareness of the dwindling numbers of these heritage breeds and for the farm itself. Some of these heritage breeds that we photographed are on the The Livestock Conservancy Conservation Priority List ; the Randall Cattle, Jacob Sheep, Clydesdale horse, Miniature Sicilian donkeys and the Scottish Highland.

Clydesdale Horse standing in a field with a white background

The approach that we took for this project was to capture animals in their normal, everyday environment with full length portraits and then showcase their personality with tighter head shots on a white background.  One hurdle that we encountered was getting the animals to stand and face the way we wanted them to.  Some of the animals were used to a lead but the majority had no grasp of verbal commands, except for the horses and the Randall cattle that were much easier to work with.  It was a delicate dance of patience, bribing with food and luck to wrangle these animals, but thankfully we had phenomenal help from two of the farm managers, Victoria and Daniel.  Another hurdle was that we couldn’t come in contact with the Scottish Highland (Petunia) at all, so logistically it became a situation where we set everything up and waited for her to walk into the frame and pray that she looked straight at the camera. Probably the most unnerving part of the entire shoot was being the only one in the paddock with Petunia.  Everyone else was on the other side of the fence and the only advice I was given from the managers was, ‘well if she starts to charge you, just leave the camera sprint for the fence’.  Luckily there was no sprinting involved.

Nubian goat portrait

Nubian Goat

Delaware Chicken Portrait on white

Delaware Chicken

Scottish Highland portrait on a white background

Scottish Highland

Milking Cattle portrait on a white background

 Milking Shorthorn

The lighting for these portraits was really simple.  We wanted to keep it as naturally lit as possible so we added two soft boxes on either side of the animal to provide just a little bit of fill.

full length Dwarf Nigerian portrait

A lot of these breeds are, in a way, living history and helped our forefathers and early settlers cultivate the land.  There are some organizations out there such as The Livestock Conservancy (not affiliated with this project) whose sole mission is genetic conservation and the promotion of heritage breeds.

Dwarf Nigerian portrait on white

Dwarf Nigerian

Jacob Ram portrait

Jacob Ram

Alpaca portrait on white

Alpaca

Randall Ox portrait

Randall Ox

The entire portrait series can be seen on our portfolio: Heckscher Farm and Heritage Breed Livestock

Below are just a few of the behind the scene images.

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Daniel wrangling some goats on the left and myself being investigated by one of the resident llamas

 

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Athena - December 10, 2014 - 11:49 am

These are so awesome.

Amanda Herzberger - December 10, 2014 - 1:27 pm

Wow Ty these are AWESOME!! Really beautiful work -what subjects!!

Eric Foley - December 10, 2014 - 3:46 pm

Great work TY! Love these.

Tattooed Owners + Their Dogs | Dog Photography

We photographed these two a while back for our Dogs Ink series.

Candice + Petey, keeping things real.  All day long.

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