The most viewed images from the first road-trip post are the horse images…. so I thought I’d post a few more of my favorites. The inherent beauty of the horse makes them marvelous subjects and it also makes it easier to create a successful photograph. But there are challenges as well. I am terribly discerning with my horse photographs because I know what the correct postures are from an equestrian viewpoint, and I’m looking for meaningful gesture from a photographer’s viewpoint. Then I want good lighting, dramatic lighting even…..and the last component must be the essence or the soul of the horse. This is a tall order, but having access to Debra and Dominique’s farm makes it possible to have some success.
Visiting the farm is like going home for me. My stallion, Fol Amour, lives there now to enjoy his retirement in his first home. He’s the old man of the barn now at 26, and while still active and working it is bittersweet to see him aging. I am just beginning to photograph him. I don’t have an answer as to why I haven’t been doing it, seriously, for all these years. It’s a regret that I must live with.
Generally, I am happy with this group of images. I was able to produce a couple different types of images in the midst of action and changing light. We were there for less than two hours before we had to begin our trek up the coast. But of course that bit of modest success fuels the fire to return!