Weekly Photo Challenge: Extra, Extra

This weeks weekly photo challenge from Daily Post is Extra, Extra

“This week, share a photo that has a little something extra: an unexpected visitor, or a tranquil landscape with a splash of color. A lone carrot in a sea of peas. Draw us in with a humorous detail, or find a photo with an added element that makes it an image only you could capture.”


The hunter

My father is a horse trainer by trade but in his spare time he enjoys hunting. When taking his portrait the idea was to merge his horse training and hunting interests. This was achieved by having him don his regularly worn cowboy hat and carefully positioning him relative to the deer bust on the wall behind him. The animal was originally shot by him while hunting in Texas, where my parents lived and worked for 13 years.

The deer seems to be peering out behind him. It is blurred out of focus so as to be more of a symbol, suggestive of a life lived in the outdoors, rather than a distracting detail within the portrait. It is a surprising element often not noticed on first glance at the photograph.

Location: Waikato, New Zealand
Camera: Nikon D90, Nikkor 85mm f/1.4G; 1/60, f/2.8, ISO 200, 85mm



    • Thanks James! I positioned a handy assistant to my right of the subject with an off camera SB-700 speedlight. The flash provided good hard light onto, and catch lights into the eyes of, the cowboy, nice dark shadows and some partial lighting for the deer in behind.

  1. That’s wonderful, Sean. I expected to read that he lived in the western U.S., as I see lots of men with cowboy hats and mounted heads of various kinds as well. We’ll look for him when we’re in New Zealand in 2015. 🙂


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