Up Close and Personal (11 Stunning Animal Portraits)

Danish photographer Morten Koldby has taken the most impressive animal portraits I have ever seen! Staring at us straight in the face, from point-blank range, these wild animals look as if they're demonstrating a wide range of emotions.

Kolby captures a unique perspective and by doing so gives us a sense of these animals' mood and temperament. In addition, his photos are so crisp and clear, it's almost as if we could reach out and touch them. "The theme in the series is the almost human facial expressions of the animals," Kolby tells us. "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."

Morten Kolby's website

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Comment by CWidati on April 6, 2011 at 10:47am
amazing shots!!!
Comment by sAm on March 30, 2011 at 4:57pm
Pure beauty.
Comment by Luis Sanz on March 30, 2011 at 6:09am
How can somebody get pictures like those?. Really great!.
Comment by flo petrequin on March 29, 2011 at 11:38pm
i love these!
Comment by grace on March 29, 2011 at 6:35pm
These are awesome! Very artistic!
Comment by Matthew Palma on March 29, 2011 at 6:02pm
Comment by Jason Coulston on March 29, 2011 at 2:05pm
Absolutely superb.
Comment by Alyssa Anda on March 29, 2011 at 1:12pm
I have this urge to just reach out and touch them! I can almost feel them on my skin. I love this type of photography: the kind that really gets to you. Great find! :)

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