Tag Archive | equine 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

The Boys

Crystal’s brothers, HP and Bo.  They seem a little closer now that she’s gone.  They also both get fed now and they take advantage of it.  They also take advantage of the fact that I give them treats.  I absolutely adore them.  Beautiful boys.

I’ve been working on my black background photos.  I don’t know if I will ever be one that can make the pictures that some make with them, but that is okay.  I’m all about dancing to my own drum these days and people are either going to like it or they’re not.  I’m no longer going to let that rust my spurs.  With that said, I do hope that you like them.

Have a beautiful day and tomorrow.

Montana Rose Photography

Lord, Won’t You….

DSC_1803.jpgBuy me a pony of my own.  I know that is not how it goes, but I’ve never had the need for a Mercedes Benz and I’ve already got a colored TV.  I’m also pretty sure if this particular Janis Joplin could sing she’d actually be asking for more hay or feed or even just a cookie.  I adore her.  She’s just too stinkin’ cute.  I call her buggy, but her name is Janis Joplin.  Sing it loud, Ms. Janis.

Have a beautiful day and tomorrow.

Montana Rose Photography

Run Free, Beautiful Girl….

DSC_78802She may not have been mine, but I adored this girl.  Today, she was put to rest due to colic.  I was not there, it is my day off.  I was texted and informed. I didn’t really know what to say.  My emotions are a little drained and I’m a little over bad news.  Here’s to 2018 so far.  I refuse to let this set the tone for the year.

I’m glad that I have these photos and the others that just didn’t seem to fit what I wanted to convey right now.  Her beauty. Her orneryness.  I always pictured her as one of those horses running through the mist of a canyon valley with a Native American princess upon her back. Both of them running free and being wild as can be.  I know that is what she’s doing now.   Run free, beautiful girl. Run free.
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Have a beautiful day and tomorrow.

Montana Rose Photography