Danish photographer Morten Koldby has photographed some the most soulful and beautiful animal portraits you will ever have the privilege of viewing! Seeing the animals so close and personal makes you wonder how he was able to photograph these majestic beasts with such startling humanistic qualities, such as thoughtfulness and even sadness. The emotions range the gamut and one realize we all aren't that different really.
"The theme in the series is the almost human facial expressions of the animals," Kolby says. "Some look nervous, some arrogant, attentive and so on."
"I shot and edited all the images myself," he continues. "They were shot in a number of zoos in Europe and the US; most were done in Denmark and Germany. It is a time consuming process to shoot animals this way, since it requires them to be relaxed when at the same time I need to have eye contact with them. I have had help from some wonderful zookeepers along the way.
"There isn't a whole lot of editing involved in these shots. There are a few where I needed to clean them up a bit in post-production. I used Nikon and Canon DSLRs to shoot them with, Capture One Pro for raw processing and finally Photoshop for color correction."
The animal portraits are truly beautiful and unique. We have only shown you a select few of our favorite photos and encourage you to visit Morten's site to see the entire portfolio of images from this talented photographer.
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