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Thread: Wild animals captured in studio photographs, who is your favourite?

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    Default Wild animals captured in studio photographs, who is your favourite?

    They say people should never work with animals - but one look at this cuddly, sleepy panda and it's easy to see why a team of wildlife photographers ignored the advice.
    The baby panda is among hundreds of the world's rarest and most stunning animals which have been captured in studio images in an astonishing look at wildlife.
    Pictured against brilliant white backgrounds, more than 450 animals have been photographed for a massive project, dubbed 'Life On White'.

    Keeping you up? A panda looks ready to take a nap

    The 10,000 images captured in the last four years are part of an effort to document wildlife in an epic bid to record earth's animals and insects before it is too late.
    Photographer Eric Isselee and his team are behind the ambitious project, and take their portable studio to the animal kingdom.
    From huge hippos and rhinos to dainty ducklings and even beetles, Isselee's subjects come in all shapes and sizes.
    The patient photography team travel throughout the entire world looking for animals, both domestic and wild, and insist on photographing them in their own environment.

    My, what big teeth you have... A white tiger is snapped for the Life On White project by Eric Isselee and his team

    Each photo session takes around a week to get a set of images.
    The animals, including adorable Menari the baby orangutan, are often born into breeding programmes from zoos and conservation centres across the globe.
    But despite not being born in the wild, Isselee wants the pictures of captive animals to highlight the plight of their endangered cousins.

    Hanging around: Menari the baby orangutan

    Looking at me? A lemur stares at the camera with big green eyes

    Isselee, who has a hands-on attitude to all the photoshoots, admits that he has had some hair raising run-ins with some animals.
    He said: 'As many people surely know, working with animals is a lot like working with children, if they do not want to sit still, nothing is going to make them change their mind.
    'Especially if they are the size of a rhino or as tough as a tiger.

    Cuddly Koala bear? A mother and baby get a family portrait

    'They get bored and tired very quickly so it is all about capturing the best moment very quickly.
    'I have always loved felines so I would have to say that the first contact with a tiger was terribly exciting.
    'Being in the cage with such a majestic animal was one of the most exhilarating moments in my life.
    'I chose to photograph with a white background because it allows the focus to be entirely on the animal.
    'When I photograph an animal, whether an elephant or an insect, I try to show not only its beauty but also its emotion.'

    Horny beast: A rhino manages to fit into the portable studio

    A tiny deer is embraced by Eric Isselee

    The 43-year-old Belgian said that conservation was a key reason for his work.
    He said: 'I'm very much looking forward to photographing my first polar bear next year.
    'As an endangered species facing extinction I hope that if the worst happens, at least there will be some photographs as a legacy to remind us human beings of what we are doing to this world, although I realize it's only a drop in the ocean.
    'On a more practical level, I donate each month a percentage of the income from my animal photos to an animal charity or sanctuary, and if I have managed to help even one animal, then I am happy.

    Up close with a cheetah

    'We have travelled extensively for certain animals: in China for the pandas, in South Africa for the lions, to Turkey for our lynx and hopefully soon to Canada for a session with a polar bear.
    'We mainly bring our studio to the animal and not the other way round and a lot of our time is spent searching for new animals to photograph.'
    'We currently have close to 10.000 photos of 469 different species, we still have a long way to go before we run out different species of animals to photograph.'

    Up close and personal: The team photograph wildlife

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    that cheetah looks exhausted and embarrassed
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    the Koalas.
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    The baby panda is just adorable!
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    Baby white tiger.
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    Give me the deer. Hand it over!
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    The Orangutan for me, please!

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    Panda and Koalas. Tiger looks frightened.
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    The fawn - so sweet.

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    The Orang Utan, of course.
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    I actually like that Lemur. He cool.

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    One of each: panda and baby deer.

    Thank you!

    PS- I'll pay extra for next day delivery!!!

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