Moun­tain Hare

Nikon D850, 600mm, 1/ 800 sec at f/ 5.6, ISO 360

Amateur Photographer - - 7days - By Nick Hurst

This stun­ning moun­tain hare por­trait was up­loaded to our Twit­ter page us­ing the hash­tag #ap­pi­cofthe­week. It was taken by pho­tog­ra­pher Nick Hurst. He tells us, ‘ The Peak District is well known for its des­o­late and open tracts of moor­land, but not so much for the small pop­u­la­tion of moun­tain hares who fre­quent th­ese slopes. Their white coats are per­fectly suited to the win­ter ter­rain and in the snow they are par­tic­u­larly dif­fi­cult to spot. It’s al­ways a chal­lenge to cap­ture your sub­ject in harsh weather con­di­tions and sub-zero tem­per­a­tures. But the cloud had cleared mo­men­tar­ily, and po­si­tioned on the snow­cov­ered heather was this hand­some chap who seemed quite un­per­turbed by my pres­ence. I just like the sym­me­try in this im­age which I ac­cen­tu­ated in Light­room with some dodg­ing, burn­ing and ad­just­ment of lev­els to achieve the high key ef­fect. My thanks to Ben Hall whose lo­cal knowl­edge and ex­per­tise helped me achieve this im­age, hav­ing spent a fan­tas­tic day to­gether on the moors.’

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