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

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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.

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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.

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Stunningly

DSC_9510c2Jay.  Her original name is JK. I cannot remember her registered name, but the place that she came from called her JK, we didn’t like it and I suggested that we could just call her Jay…so Jay she became.   Four year old retired harness horse.  Standardbred.  I didn’t realize how young they started these horses, but she’s in a good home now.  Hopefully. She is on trial to see if she will work out.  She’s young and needs work, I think she just needs love and a home…but alas it is not up to me. I think she’ll stay.  Here’s to hoping.

I edited this picture. The original wasn’t bad. I don’t hate it and maybe eventually I’ll post it.  I just didn’t love it.  The sun was high and harsh.  It was late afternoon and even though it was going to be getting dark in only a few hours, the sun wasn’t quite at that  great mark where it was just right for the taking.  And of course with horses, you can never get them to stand where you want and when you want and how you want. I worked with what I had.  I actually made a couple of different versions of this photo, but I really like this one.  I hope you do too.

Have a beautiful day and tomorrow.

Montana Rose Photography

Far Away….

DSC_9945A little throw back for your Thursday.  It’s not that far back…May, but it is the only picture that fits my mood right now.

Have a beautiful day and tomorrow.

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