When I was in the UK earlier this year, I was invited to spend a few hours at the Hopefield Animal Sanctuary based in Brentwood, Essex. This sanctuary is a non-profit organisation that dedicates its time to caring for unwanted and mistreated animals from across the county. Greatly supported by the artist Leona Lewis, Hopefield cares for a vast menagerie of animals; from cattle and horses to ducks and cats as well as smaller varieties including rabbits, guinea pigs and chinchilla. This is a great place to bring the kids, as the sanctuary encourages interaction with the animals and a host of events are always arranged to bring attention to this great cause.
Back at the beginning of the year I was dedicating my photography to a single lens, the Nikkor 105 mm Macro lens. What a lovely piece of kit this is and with its f2.8 aperture capabilities, I am never let down by the quality of images I can produce; at first I did find it a bind using a fixed focal length but once you get used to using your feet over the telephoto zoom, the world is a wonder to capture. I also find this is a great lens for portrait photography.
Wandering around Hopefield Animal Sanctuary knee deep in mud was great fun and I was able to get some really interesting images of the animals and my hosts for the day. Photographing animals is not something I had done or really considered before, however it was an interesting experience and the images of the horses have come out so much better than I had expected. More images from my day can be found here.