Today I was able to go visit my family hobby farm in Izmir, Turkey. Inspired by some old pictures of horses I took when I got my first DSLR, I decided to take my camera along to see how much better I could do.
It's relatively cold (by Turkish standards) right now- about 40 degrees Fahrenheit- and overcast. The cloud cover made for some really nice, filtered, crisp light.
My mother brought them some leftover pizza from our New Year's Eve dinner, which meant that they were happy to come right up to us and munch away.
Some of my favorite images from the shoot are of our Seramas- a Malaysian breed of chicken that claims the title of smallest breed in the world. They have striking posture, standing tall with a puffed out chest, which I think gives them a lot of attitude as a portrait subject!
I also got a couple of shots of our non-chicken residents-- our two Anatolian shepherd mixes, a curly-feathered Sebastapol goose (nicknamed "Wolfgang"), our barn cat, Frisbee, and one of our turkeys. (Cue the turkeys-in-Turkey joke. I know you're thinking it.)
We also had a new lamb born a few days ago, but it's still hiding away in a stall to stay out of the cold. If it decides to venture out before I leave, I'll have to try and get a shot of it- it's currently been put in an adorable little makeshift outfit to keep warm!
Happy New Year!