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Horses and Rainbows

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 8, 2018 by lilybug1960

Horses and Rainbows.
 
Yesterday was our turn to go down to Angels on Horseback and do their evening feeding. There was a storm coming in as we drove down, and it was a steady rain while I gathered the horses to come into the barn. When we finished feeding them and were letting them back out to the pasture, I noticed a nice break in the clouds to the west. The sun dropped below the cloud line and I immediately looked back to the east. I saw the one of the most vibrant double rainbows I have ever seen. I ran to the car and grabbed the camera, remember I always try to carry a camera with me, and then ran to the hill below the horses. I wanted to capture a few images of both the horses and the barn if possible. I thought I would have only a few minutes to capture images, but it felt like the rainbow lasted for 10 minutes or more. One of the horses, Two Hawk, decided he wanted a close up and walked down to where I was standing. After giving him a nice scratch behind his head, he posed for me. I have never seen such a vivid and more vibrant sky and rainbow than the one I saw last night. The blues in the sky were so intense it was surreal. On a side note, I love LCD screens that tilt like my Canon M6. It allowed me to hold the camera inches above the horse poo and still capture the image, a couple years ago I would have been forced to being doing a load of laundry as soon as I returned to the house, due to having to get down to that angle of view. This was truly being in the right place at the right time, but also being prepared by having a camera with me.
 
Canon M6 and Canon 15-45mm lens, at 15mm, Manual Exposure mode, f3.5, ISO 200, shutter speed of 1/100th of a second, handheld, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #BearWoodsPhotography, #AngelsOnHorseback
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Triangle X Horses

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 13, 2018 by lilybug1960

Triangle X Horses.
 
When we decided to do our Winter Workshops in the Tetons, we knew there would be only one choice for our home base, the Triangle X Ranch. Nothing says Tetons and Wyoming to us more than this great location. We wanted our folks to wake up each morning with a great view of the mountains, enjoy nice cozy cabins, and to be able to walk a short distance and photograph some beautiful horses. We have become good friends with the folks that are at the Ranch and it is almost like visiting family each time we go there. Our participants feel the same way when they leave usually. We look forward to doing this workshop again next January and to see our “family” at the Ranch as well.
 
When I was walking through the horses I noticed this one white and grey horse between the two black horses. When the black horses both turned their heads to my left, it set the perfect composition for me. The snow made it even better, and I knew when I shot the image, black and white would be the way to process it.
 
Tamron SP 24-70mm f2.8 Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-850, Manual Exposure mode, f2.8, ISO 400, shutter speed of 1/100th of a second, handheld utilizing the Vibration Compensation feature of the lens, processed and converted to BW using Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #TriangleXRanch

The Remuda

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 9, 2017 by lilybug1960

The Remuda.
 
I am still catching up on images from Apalachicola and Lexington from a couple of weeks ago. Going on 2 trips to great locations can make you fall behind. I was unable to take a monopod or tripod into the arena, especially since I was just a spectator in the crowd, so I did a lot of hand holding and panning with the subjects. I especially liked when I could pan with the horses when they trotted or galloped at a steady pace. I usually tried to stay around 1/15th of a second. This was “The Remuda”, the group of horses the trainers would chose their horse for the event. I had no idea a group of horses were called a remuda. Apparently it is of Spanish origin for “remount” and is usually describes the horse a wrangler picks each day for their mount. In the old west when long cattle drives, often 30 days in length, were done, they would bring several extra horses for the wranglers to select their horse, thus keeping the horses fresher. Photography can be so educational even beyond looking through the lens.
 
Tamron SP 70-200mm f2.8 Di VC USD lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f2.8, ISO 200, shutter speed 1/15th of a second, handheld due to conditions in arena, Vibration Compensation active, MindShift Gear TrailScape 18L, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronImageMasters, #MindShiftGear

The Thoroughbred Center

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 25, 2017 by lilybug1960

The Thoroughbred Center.
 
Evelyn and I are in Lexington, KY for an event called Road to the Horse. It is an event where 4 horse trainers chose a 2 year old colt out of 12 and each one has a limited period of time over the next 3 days to accomplish huge things with the horse. The colts have had very limited contact with humans and never been led, saddled or ridden, but by the end of the training must do all three. It is a unique experience so far to see how well these 4 ladies are bonding with their colts. More on that later.
 
Yesterday we visited The Thoroughbred Center for a tour. I have never been around racing horses but found it really interesting. They can have over 1100 horses here but have only 800 currently. The have a track for practice and exercise, a swimming pool for the horses to get training and medical staff on hand for the riders and horses. It was incredible to watch the horses do what they were bred to do which is run, and run really fast. I will post some behind the scenes images over the next few days but today I am posting a few of the beautiful horses going through some running on the track. The riders are riders simply hired to ride them for 15 minutes or so for exercise. They are getting them to racing speed, just a good pace for a couple laps then they walk them before returning them to their trainers for other activities like bathing, grooming, etc.
 
Tamron SP 70-200mm f2.8 Di VC USD lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f2.8, ISO 400, shutter speed of 1/1000th of a second, handheld as tripods and monopods were not allowed, Vibration Compensation active, MindShift Gear TrailScape 18L, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronImageMasters, #MindShiftGear

Leading the Herd

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on December 17, 2015 by lilybug1960

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Leading the Herd.
 
Today is the last of my images I post for the challenge of posting a favorite image a day for 7 days. This is one of my all time favorite images. Evelyn and I went out to the Triangle X ranch in Moose, WY to ride back in 2010. Every evening and most mornings we went out and shot the horses going out to the pasture or returning. This particular image just “happened” as I shot one evening. As the first group of horses came down the path, there was a gap to the second group. This white horse was out front and gave me a great opportunity to zoom in with my Tamron 200-500mm lens and capture the scene. I have been back to the ranch on many occasions to shoot but never been able to come close to duplicating this image. If you like to ride and want to see some great scenery, as well as make some lifelong friends, go to the Triangle X sometime.
 
Today, I am going against my own earlier rule by nominating someone to the challenge. I realized in a conversation yesterday that my friend and co-leader of workshops, Cecil Holmes, has escaped participating in the challenge. I therefore nominate Cecil to post 7 images, one per day, of his favorite nature images. For those of you that haven’t seen Cecil’s work, put on your seat belt, it is “fixin to get real” as we say here in the South.

Controlling a Scene

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts with tags , , , , , , , , , , on September 18, 2013 by lilybug1960

How a photographer controls the scene.  I posted an image yesterday of some horses running because I was feeling a little envious and jealous that two friends and workshop co-leaders were getting ready to head out to the Tetons and I wasn’t going this year.  I am excited to see the great images Hoke and Cecil produce in the next week or so.  Hoke had posted an image of a white horse leading out the other horses to pasture that evening.  I did a similar image in 2010.  It is one of my favorite images that I have ever shot still to this day, for several reasons.
I shot the image using a long lens, the Tamron 200-500mm @500, and kicked up the ISO a little to stop the action.  I wanted to show the strength and power of the horses as they ran.  You don’t really have the time to set up a shot so you work with what is running at you.  As I was starting to shoot, the image I envisioned came quickly to reality and I was able to snap off a few frames.  I envisioned one distinct horse taking the lead with the herd following closely behind.  The horses showing nice motion with their manes flowing in the air.  Just an image of strength and leadership.
Now for the story behind the image.  As I setup the horses started their run from the corral, the wrangler out front leading a pack of about 15 horses or so.  I did a few shots with that pack when I spotted a second pack about 40 feet back with the white horse out in front.  I zoomed all the way out, moved a little to the side to eliminate the first pack and did the shot that I had previsualized.  Was the white horse the dominate horse in the herd?  My image would make you think so.  That is the power that a photographer possesses when they learn what equipment does and how to quickly react with good results by knowing how to use their camera.  I am not saying this is a perfect image, but I am saying that it conveys exactly what I wanted my image to say.  I am going to miss being the Tetons this year for sure.
Tamron 200-500mm on a Nikon D-700, Aperture Priority, f6.3, +0 stops exposure compensation, ISO 400, resulting in a shutter speed of 1/320 of a second, Vanguard Monopod mounted on the lens collar.

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Shutter Speeds – how they change mood in an image.

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on September 26, 2010 by lilybug1960

When I am creating images, my goal it to draw the viewer into the image with great light and subject matter. The composition of the image is how I try to lead the viewer through the image and eventually lead them to key points within the image. In order to keep the viewer interested it is important to form an “emotional” bond with the viewer. If everything is technically strong you can get someone’s attention, but in order to keep them in the image, they have to feel something there.
Shutter speed is one of the tools that I use to do just that. Art Wolfe did a book several years ago titled Migrations, I will from time to time pick up the book to help inspire me when I am photographing. Art emphasizes the importance of varying your shutter speeds to give the viewer different looks at the subjects. Big animals don’t move as quickly, so we are used to seeing them standing still. Medium and smaller animals are on the move often and it is great to show the constant walking, trotting or running of those animals.
On my recent trip to the Tetons, we had several opportunities to photograph the horses on the ranch going out to pasture in the evenings. I made the decision on 2 of the those nights to vary my approach to photographing them.

One night I shot my Tamron 200-500mm lens wide open to achieve sharp details in the horses as they ran by me. This resulted in a quicker shutter speed, somewhere around 1/500th of a second.

On the other night, I tried the opposite and shot at f16 to slow the movement by causing the shutter speed to be slow, somewhere around 1/8th of a second. The subject matter in the images are the same, but the mood that the shutter speed variance caused is very different. Do I like one more then the other? Not really, I like them both for different reasons.