Archive | December 2017

I am…

DSC_3707.jpgOne with the tree and you cannot see me.

I still do not know if I love this picture. I like the subject. I like the vision, It is just the picture itself.  I don’t hate it, but it needs something in my opinion…just not sure what.  Maybe I’m just in a funk, rut, hole…..That is kind of how my week has gone.  The good news is….it’s finally Friday (Key the George Jones) and tomorrow I will be off to see Stars Wars.  That is my excitement…yes, I’m that girl.

Have a beautiful day and tomorrow.  May the force be with you.

Montana Rose Photography

Revisited….

DSC_0688 (2).jpgThis picture, I revisited this picture. Not the spot.  Someday, I’m sure that I’ll be back.

I am not sure what made me decide to revisit this picture. Something to do…maybe.  I had originally intended on submitting this picture for one my entries to the juried show next September, but the file size allowed wouldn’t work for this picture.  In the process of not knowing that though, I had posted it to facebook looking for opinions on which pieces I should submit.  A fellow blogger and experienced photographer that I respect suggested that I try to add some blue to make it look colder.  At the time, I just couldn’t get it to work right and so I gave up.  Then, as stated, I discovered the picture wouldn’t resize and still look good for entry anyway and I abandoned it.

The other day that same photographer posted on his blog how he had participated in a 365 photography challenge.  I believe that it had been in conversation before, but this time it kind of stuck to me a bit more as I’m constantly on a path looking for something more.  As challenges are usually about finding out more about yourself, I decided to try and challenge myself daily for at least a year….but truth be told, I’ll probably be lucky to succeed even a week.  Don’t know until we try, right?

I don’t know how I am going to approach this challenge.  It won’t just be about photography.  There have been things that I have wanted to learn and get back into and I think that I’m going to challenge myself to do that.  Read more, cook more, bake more, write more, learn to play that guitar that is collecting dust, and so many other things.  It’s a long list, and I’m 41 now so I’m not sure how realistic some of them are-but here is to a new year of figuring it out.

In the meantime, I started with this picture.  I’ve always liked it, but it has always needed something.  I’m not sure if this version is what it needs…but I am quite fond of this version. I hope that you are too.

Have a beautiful day and tomorrow.

Montana Rose Photography

The Essence of….

DSC_8111b.jpgLilly.  I love this picture.  I’d love it better if it was bit smoother, but that could because I know that it is a little rough around the edges.  Literally.  This isn’t the original picture. The original picture she is standing in a run-in shed and it was exposed decently enough, but it didn’t say what I wanted. It didn’t show what I wanted.

I had made a couple of different versions of this picture, but the still lacked that little something that I wanted.  I had seen pictures like this before where the horse was against a black background.  I was reluctant to try it, but then I did. Then I was reluctant to post it, for other reasons but that is a completely different post.

I took the original raw photo and dialed down the exposure. At least on the background.  I used my little magic wand to separate Lilly out and then I basically made the background the most underexposed picture I have ever intentionally taken.  I then took Lilly and cleaned her up a bit as well as tried to smooth out the lines around her edges.  I needed her to look like she was part of the background. I think I nailed it, but I’m sure that under the right light…I might not be.

I love this look, though. Is it necessarily one I will continue?  I don’t know. Maybe.  I’ve seen it done and I’m sure with the right amount of practice and opportunity, I could make some amazing pictures.  It would also be nice to do it on purpose and not have to work it as much as I did to get the look.  We shall see.

In the mean time, I hope that you like this photo as much as I do.  Have a beautiful day and tomorrow.

Montana Rose Photography

Handle with…

DSC_78802care. We don’t want the Crystal to break.  This particular Crystal is a little bit sturdier than other crystal, but it doesn’t mean that she doesn’t deserve to be handled with care.  She’s such a beautiful girl.  When she runs it reminds me of something out a Native American lore.  The spirit of warrior, or the heart of a princess running through the mist. Mane flowing in the wind.  It is like something out of the movies when you catch her running.  Then again, I could be biased….I just love it when horses run.

Have a beautiful day and tomorrow.

Montana Rose Photography

 

Here’s a Lilly…

DSC_77243.jpgShe doesn’t hold still often, but when she does I think she creates some beautiful photo ops.  She is mixed with thoroughbred, I believe.  Thoroughbred and walker.  I wouldn’t quote me on that, I do not remember what her owner told me.  Either way she is a beautiful girl with a queen attitude. Who can blame her? I can’t.

Have a beautiful day and tomorrow.

Montana Rose Photography

Over it….

DSC_9646Poor Ben has such a rough life.  He decided to roll over around in the dirt, but it took a lot of effort for him to get up and over the first time….needless to say, he chose to just call it a day when he landed on his right side.  This guy.  He makes me smile.

Have a beautiful day and tomorrow.

Montana Rose Photography