Archive | June 2018

Ace in the Hole….

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The beautiful Acers.   These are not the most perfect pictures, but I like them none the less.  I took them over almost a month ago and have been meaning to do fresh photos of him.  Unfortunately, I didn’t know at the time…these would be the last of the pics that I would be able take of him.  He left for a new home today.  I know the person that took him, but that doesn’t mean I’ll get a chance to photograph him again.  I know that it is the right thing for him.  He will be part of a veteran therapuetic program.  I’m still a little sad, though.

DSC_3228It has been a week as you read about yesterday.   I won’t go into today.  Ace leaving was just  small part of today’s events.  Either way, I’m glad that it is over.  Now it is time for a fresh week and a fresh start.

I’ve included the gofundme page for my art show.  Please do not feel obligated by any means.  I’m just sharing it as Facebook has never really been my friend.  I am just thankful that each of you continues to follow my blog and hope that you will not judge me for posting it here.  It is not really easy for me to do, but with each passing day I am more and more determined to make the best impression that I can with my art shows.  And sometimes we just have to do what we have to do

Again, please do not feel obligated or bad if you don’t.  It is QUITE alright.  Really it is. I just need to feel like I gave it a chance.  I am offering a free printed and matted photo of your choice with each donation, if you would like one.  And either way, I thank you for your time alone.

https://www.gofundme.com/t5zz6m-first-art-show
DSC_3227Have a beautiful day and tomorrow.

Montana Rose Photography

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And so it begins…

DSC_3791Or continues.  It really depends on how you look at it I suppose.  You know, whether or not you are “glass half full” or “glass half empty” kind of person.  Right now, I’d be lying if I said that I wasn’t ready to just toss the glass against the wall.  It has been one of those weeks and Buddy’s expression is as close as I can get to an appropriate description.

DSC_3797I feel like it is just par for the course of 2018.  Over the weekend my laptop popped a hinge, which apparently causes the whole monitor to come apart.  I take it to Best Buy to find out that the person behind the counter use to live in the same apartments and that they are not only raising our rent by $100 but that they are also forcing us to move into renovated apartments (which are a couple of hundred more) or to move all together.  I don’t give much to hearsay, so I went and asked….short of it all…I will be moving in a month or so.

I am stressed about the increase in rent, but I think that it will be a good thing.  I don’t know why.  I’m not changing complexes, just apartments but I’m excited in a sense of being able to get kind of a fresh start.  This current apartment…well, maintenance has been in it more than I have been.  And in a  strange turn of events, my old laptop decided to start turning on and working again.  It doesn’t work acceptably, but it is working pretty tolerably so I’ll take it.
DSC_3810As for my photography.  I am preparing for my art shows.  I am trying to swallow my pride and I started a gofundme page.  I won’t share it here today.  I’m still uneasy about it.  I shouldn’t be, but I am.  I want my first couple of art shows to be outstanding and really put me out there.  So here’s to fingers crossed that it all works out the way that it is supposed to.

I’ve also purchased a new ND filter.  Higher  F stop reduction than the older one (and it is not all scratched up).  What does that mean?  Well, hopefully it means that I will be able to work on and bring in some acceptable long exposure shots.  I’m excited about that.

For now, I have brought you colored photos from Buddy’s shoot.  I am still proud of them.  I printed one of Gordy’s and it looks amazing.  I’m hoping to get some more this weekend, but it has been rainy so we’ll have to wait and see.  Until then, I hope that you enjoy these.

Have a beautiful day and tomorrow.

Montana Rose Photography

The Beautiful Gordy Girl

DSC_3738These are the last of the pictures that I will get to take of her.  Yesterday she was to leave for a new home.  The farm had no use for her as they decided she would not be a good fit for the therapian program.  I’d like to say that I’m surprised, but I’m not.  It is fine.  She will get to cart.  The new owners do not ride, they drive carts and so that Gordy Girl’s new job.DSC_3742c
I want to be upset, but the truth is…I know it is for the best.  I will miss her, but it is for the best.  She was actually supposed to have gone to these new owners originally, but due to unforeseen circumstances at the time, they had to decide against her.  Circumstances changed and they contacted the necessary resources to find out if Gordy was still available.  Things workout the way that they are supposed to.  DSC_3748I don’t know that I’ll ever be good with the letting go part.  I’ll make a horrible business owner in the art of being able to get rid of the horses that are financially beneficial.  I will want to keep them all.  Maybe some day I’ll have that option.  I’ve been wanting to get some black background pictures of her and this put a fire under my feet to do it.  I’m glad that I did. I think that they are spectacular.  DSC_3749I wish that I had gotten some more of her counterpart Jay before she had left.  I don’t know what happened to her. I can only hope that they found a good home for her.  I can only hope that Gordy’s is a good home for her. DSC_3755 Anyway, I think that these pictures turned out amazing. I’m very proud of this batch.  Like with Buddy, a few are a little softer than I would prefer but I do not feel that it takes away from the pictures.   I think that they have captured the grace, elegance and beauty that is Gordy Girl  (I never could think of a good nickname for her, but I also never wanted to change her name from Gordy….it just doesn’t leave much for coming up with a good nickname).
DSC_3760bwI hope that you like these pictures as much as I do.  I included both colored and black and white.  I couldn’t decide which ones that I liked more.  I think at least one of them should go into my art show pieces, but for the life of me…I can’t decide.  DSC_3766DSC_3781bw
Have a beautiful day and tomorrow.

Montana Rose Photography

When all else fails…

DSC_3797bwYou figure it out and keep moving on.  I guess. I am not sure that is a phrase, but that is what I do. I just keep at it.  On and on and on again.   I don’t know what that means, but just the same.

With that said, naturally I would keep at trying to master the black background horse photos that I have been working on.  DSC_3804bw
I only did two horses this batch.  Being able to correspond help holding horses isn’t the easiest thing.  I really need to bribe people with baked goods to help me.  There are a lot of horses out at that farm and I’d like to attempt them all (some of them again).  Much like Buddy. I was happy with his last batch, but this one….DSC_3810bw
Oh, my!  Are they perfect?  Probably not.  We know that there will be someone somewhere that could have done them better.  That is fine.  You do you.  I actually like them a lot just the way that they are.  A couple of them are a little softer than I intended, but I would say that it was a very successful shoot this time around.  DSC_3816bwI still went low on my aperture, but I increased my shutter speed.  I’m also a heavy shooter…probably ridiculously so.  With all that combined. I think that I achieved some pretty amazing shots.  I also like the bridle look much more than the halters.  Bridles are an acceptable choice since going with nothing at all is not really an option.  These guys would run if given the chance…not far.  Two feet at most, the grass is way too tempting.

The male owner of the farm prefers the halter look, so the ones that I did specifically for him will remain, but I will like to do all the horses in their bridles for my own use.  I am excited about the possibilities.

With these I chose to go black and white, but I have colored versions as well.  I will be posting those eventually, but for now…just these.  I hope that you like them.

Have a beautiful day and tomorrow.

Montana Rose Photography

Wish I Was Cat…

DSC_2779Or a wall or something that didn’t have to make any major decisions.  Right now, I’m tapped out and my stress is beyond what it normally is.

For those that have attended art shows either as patrons or as artist, I need some advise.

The art show in July, it is simple…I know that I can only take three photos, they must be framed, and they must ready to hang.  Simple enough.  I like simple. I like not having to make any real decisions. I mean, I already know which photos that I would like to take.

The same goes for the exhibition at the local community college (that coincides with the September art show).  Two pieces, framed, and ready to hang.  Simple. I know which two pieces that I would like to take.

As for the September show…not so simple and everyone that has a million opinions of what I should do, what I should take, and blah-blah-blah.  It is stressing me out like no other because the truth is, my funding is limited but I do want to make an impression.

Frame them. Don’t frame them. Mat them. Don’t mat them.  Don’t take big sizes. Take lots of standard sizes.  Take animal pictures that is what will sell. Don’t do this. Don’t do that. Do this. Do that.  None of which is actually coming from anyone that has participated in an art show.  Not that I’m not grateful for the input, but….wow.

So, with that said.  Do I frame them? Do I not frame them?  I get that people tend to refrain from framed things because they want to be able to pick their own.  There are also a lot that do not.  I get that people do not necessarily want to buy large pieces.  I get that there should be small pieces for the frugal buyer.  Price them at this. Price them at that.  All this information and no actual help.  What I do know is that things cost money, when you don’t have a lot of it….it adds up so quickly and goes even faster.

I knew that doing this art show was not going to be cheap.  I’m not that naive, but I do believe that I can do it within my budget.  It is just a matter to what extent.  And whether I buy precut mats, frame them, don’t frame them…with the printing of the pictures, the building of my displays, entry fees…on top of everything else.  It all adds up quickly.

I know for sure that I have to have eight pictures.  Whatever I submitted to be juried, I have to take it to the show.  Beyond that the details are sparing and up to the artist.  What are some your thoughts and/or suggestions?  I welcome and appreciate any input.

As for the picture.  It is Sass.  I was bored and I had this picture sitting in a file I was going through. I decided to play with it.  I don’t hate it. Hope that you don’t either.

Have a beautiful day and tomorrow.

Montana Rose Photography

 

 

The Dude

DSC_2639.jpgThe Dude in all of his glory.

Is this the perfect picture?  Of course not.  Someone somewhere will find issue with it, but I like it.  I did not like the original.  The original was overexposed so I played with it…this was the result when I found something that I liked.

Could I have done something different? Of course. There is always something because hindsight is always 20/20. Do I care?  Probably not as much as I should. That is if I should.  I probably should, but it is the pictures like this. Like ones that I have posted in the past that played a part in me getting accepted into the art show that will be held in September.  Pictures like this that resulted in someone reaching out to me today and asking me if I’d be interested in participating in the art show that they are having in July.  Both are things that I should be proud of.  I want to be. I’m trying to be.

I forgot where I was going with that.  I think that my point is…art is cutthroat.  Everything is.  There will be people that like it and people that do not.  It is a perception thing and we know how I feel about perception thing.  It is also something that we are constantly learning.  I don’t know everything and not every picture is going to be perfect. I try. I learn. I do it again.  Either way, each one is mine and I should be okay with that.

Have a beautiful day and tomorrow.

Montana Rose Photography

Stick With What I know…

DSC_3108Which I am realizing may be very little at this point.  Or maybe I am just in that mood, because there is nothing like waking up at 6 in the morning to a criticizing email.

I posted these two pictures on my Facebook page and my instragram page.  They were a hit on both. At least as much as they can be on Facebook.  Facebook drives me up the wall and I try not to place too much stock in the like and reactions I get on there, but sometimes it is hard.  Anyway, with that said-based off the response on both pages, I thought that they were good photos.  Perfect?  No, the beautiful Do Well Liberty is anything but a cooperative subject.  Also, I’m still learning with the whole black background thing.  So, are they flawless, no-but I thought that they were good.

Then this morning, one person’s opinion has me wondering.  I woke up to an email asking me how much I charge for these photos, but also if they would all be blurry because ALL of my horse photos are.  Yes, the email said all of my horse photos are blurry.

The person particular obsessed with the one above.  And had to inform me multiple times that it was blurry and wanting to know why.  Well, I didn’t realize that it was blurry.  I thought that I had done pretty well at picking the best possible shots of her.  And also, it is Libby so getting any perfect and flawless shot of her like playing Frogger and not getting hit by a car.

Anyway, I thought that I had done pretty well with these pictures and now all I see when I look at the top one is blur.  I knew that it looked soft, but I thought that it was acceptable and now all I want to do is pretend it doesn’t exist (So yes, I post it here).  Plus now I keep looking for the slightest bit of blur in all of my photos now.

I know that it is just one person’s opinion, but it doesn’t make it any easier.  I was already struggling and stressed out, because I was accepted into the art show that I entered.   I should be excited.  I want to be excited, but I was already concerned that my photography wouldn’t sell…now, I’m even more worried that it won’t.  I guess this is what happens when you wake up to those kind of emails at 6am.

With that said, I hope that you all at least like the photos.  If not, it is okay.
DSC_3115Have a beautiful day and tomorrow.

Montana Rose Photography