Tag Archive | equine photography

Lucky Girl….

Her name is Lucky and she is about as feisty as they come.  Up until a couple of months ago, she had only ever knew one home.  She had been born and raised there along with her brother Aiden.  The owner of the barn chose to get out of the bordering business, so their mother brought them to the stable.  I’m glad she did. We do know how I love horsies.

Lucky and Aidan are Connemara ponies.  According to my search, they originated off in Ireland and they are known for versatility and good disposition.  Their mama might argue their good disposition, though.  I kid, neither had been worked for a bit and they are a bit on the younger side.

Lucky has Aidan and Red, Red is a quarter horse ( I believe).  She doesn’t like being separated from them and she lets you know it.  She also doesn’t take too kindly to the other horses getting too close, but they have made themselves at home. Lucky and the boys are fitting in just fine.  I’m happy for that.

As for the pictures, I’d like a do over.  They’re good, but I couldn’t remember what I had my shutter speed set on the last time and went a little low this time.  It shows more in Aidan’s pics than with Lucky’s, but she stood a bit more still.  She was all about the modeling.  I would also like to work on shopping out the halters.  I did it on Aidan’s, but Lucky’s was a bit harder to avoid distorting areas that I felt should be defined.  I don’t know…I like them just the same and hope that you do as well.

Have a beautiful day and tomorrow.

Montana Rose Photography

Color Me Blue….

DSC_9510.jpgI’ve been gone for a bit.  I am not sure that I meant to be, I’ve just not had it in to me blog.  Or even really mess around with pictures.  I still have an absurd amount of South Dakota photos and recent photos, but it is taking a strange amount of energy to get motivated to work on them.  This one?  It is an old one. One that I decided to play around with.

It is the beautiful Jay.  I’m still not sure whatever came of her.  The place that was supposed to take her has not posted pictures of her, so I suspect that they did not end up taking her.  They are a state park  kind of town.  A farm within a state park that offers events and what not.  They often post pictures of all the other animals they have taken in.  For weeks posted pictures of a new one that they adopted, but not of Jay.  I hope that she is somewhere good, she deserves that.

Anyway, I’ve mainly been stressing over trying to prepare for the upcoming art shows.  Getting the prints and finding the appropriate frames with no damage to them.  I drop off the first two photos later today.  They will be displayed at the community college starting Tuesday and hang there until the end of the exhibit in September.  If I don’t sell them, they will then be used in the September show.  I don’t know if the shows will be as successful as I would like them to be, but I’m trying to remain positive about it.

I have lost my train of thought.  I do hope to gain some motivation to get back to photography and working on new pictures (even if it is just the ones that have been sitting there waiting).  I thank all of you follow and continue to do so.

Have a beautiful day and tomorrow.

Montana Rose Photography

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

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

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