I hope you like horse photos, because I’m about to go on an equine photo blogging binge.
For the last couple of months, I’ve been very busy photographing horses. I have started to sell my equine photos to various magazines and needed to build up a library of images, especially with the beautiful fall colors we have around here. Magazines will be looking for fall photos next summer, so I have to plan ahead! I was also looking to take some more photos for my fine art collection I am working on.
I put out a request on a mailing list whose subscribers would be likely to have nice barns and horses. I asked if anyone wanted free photos in exchange for tidying up their horses, helping during the session, and signing a model release. I had a great response! I was not able to get to all the barns this fall, but am hoping to get to more after the snow falls. One lovely side-benefit of this project is I have made some wonderful new horsey friends and got to kiss some new horsey noses. :-D
Another great benefit was that I had the opportunity to practice and experiment with each session because I was not needing to shoot to please a client. I love shooting to please clients, but I believe that practice when not in that mindset frees my mind a bit to try new things with all the successes and failures that come along with experimentation. The things I learn that work well can then be applied to client sessions. I highly recommend practice!!!
The first barn I visited was owned by Lucy. She has three very nice horses and a rustic barn. The weather was beautiful until about an hour before the session, but I made the most of it!
I had the idea before arriving that if her barn had good light inside, that I would like to apply some of my window light portrait techniques to horses.
I think this mare has beautiful bone structure in her face and a very soft eye.
Canon 70-200 2.8 L @ 120mm, f4.0, 1/200, ISO 1250
Canon 70-200 2.8 L @ 115mm, f4.5, 1/640, ISO 1250
Oh yes, and I do chicken photography too. ;-)
Canon 70-200 2.8 L @ 170mm, f4.5, 1/1250, ISO 1250
Canon 70-200 2.8 L @ 195mm, f4.5, 1/250, ISO 1600
Horse and people connection photos are very popular. I was happy Lucy was willing to be in some of the photos!
Canon 70-200 2.8 L @ 155mm, f5.6, 1/250, ISO 1600
Canon 70-200 2.8 L @ 165mm, f5, 1/400, ISO 1600
Canon 70-200 2.8 L @ 170mm, f4.5, 1/640, ISO 1600
Canon 70-200 2.8 L @ 135mm, f4.5, 1/640, ISO 1600
Canon 70-200 2.8 L @ 195mm, f11, 1/25, ISO 1250
I used a slow shutter technique where I pan with the horse’s motion to try and get parts of the image in relative focus. This is one of the best panning shots I’ve ever taken.
Canon 70-200 2.8 L @ 85mm, f8, 1/30, ISO 250