These are my first photographs of horses. I have a lot to learn, and a lot of different ways I’d like to photograph horses, now that I spent some time looking at them. Here are a few from the first round.  Hopefully, I’ll improve with practice.  They are such beautiful, fascinating creatures.

19 responses

  1. Well….these are a change from the ‘normal’ Lemony shots we see…I think the first image is my fave…more going on…tough to try something new but good work

    February 5, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    • I’m branching out, Steve! 🙂 It is challenging. But I am so fascinated by their faces, eyes, and even their cheek muscles and teeth (you know me, I always like to go in close!). I also love their legs and feet. But I’ll need someone to help me move their bodies in ways, safe ways, to capture the angles I want. I’ll try again!

      February 5, 2012 at 2:50 pm

  2. You’re off to a good start! I find horses enormously difficult to photography at times. Especially my own horses because they tend to want to come over to me and investigate my camera. I’ve found getting the best shots is usually 99% dumb luck. I try to get out there when I know the light will be good and hang out with the horses in hopes that something magic will happen. Shoot LOTS … often it’s the shots you didn’t plan or think would be good that end up looking the best after you download them. Know your subject before you move in for those artsy angles … I’ve put myself in some pretty compromising positions chasing the elusive “perfect” equine shot! Good luck!

    February 5, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    • Thank you so much for your comment and suggestions! I can imagine it takes some luck and some unusual positions to get good shots. I’ll keep at it. Thank you for stopping by!

      February 5, 2012 at 4:58 pm

  3. I think you did a fabulous job.

    February 5, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    • Thank you so much, Edith! I’m so grateful for the encouragement!

      February 5, 2012 at 5:02 pm

  4. I love horses – such great, soulful eyes. I know “zip” about capturing them properly on film though. Dianna at does a wonderful job photographing her Clydesdales – they are just plain gorgeous horses! Good luck stretching yourself photographically – I do that with my artwork (and writing) and it always feels good to S-T-R-E-T-C-H !

    Happy Sunday
    Pam (and Sam)

    February 5, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    • Thank you for this comment and your encouragement, Pam (and Sam), and for the link to Dianna’s site. I’ll definitely check it out. Maybe she’ll even have some tips for me.

      I agree it feels good to stretch. I am always seeing things in new ways, and I think it’s important to challenge myself to capture what I’m seeing.

      February 5, 2012 at 8:57 pm

  5. gweaverii

    These are wonderful. I love the portrait quality of them. Stay as close as you safely can. There are tons of long shots of horses grazing. I want to see faces, legs, details, personalities. That’s what you are doing here, and it’s far more interesting. I enjoyed these guys.

    February 6, 2012 at 12:46 am

    • Thank you so much. I really appreciate the encouragement. I’m very interested in getting close to the horses, and am hoping that I can have someone go with me next time who knows the horses well and will feel comfortable helping me get the kind of close-ups I’m hoping for. Stay tuned!

      February 6, 2012 at 1:43 am

  6. Nice set of images.
    I recently spent an entire day at our local National Stud and took over 400 shots. I think I found a total of 10 that I really like. The trick with horses is to shoot, shoot and then some more. Thats the beauty of digital cameras. My advice would be to stay away from horses if you have a film camera in your hand though. They are one of the few animals that actually stand still while you try to photograph them.

    February 6, 2012 at 10:15 am

    • I could see how it would be easy to get carried away! There are just so many angles and interesting shots to try when it comes to horses. I think I knew I couldn’t do exactly the kinds I wanted without some assistance (well, and let’s say permission…, so I didn’t take too many. Next time, though, I’ll go all out! Thanks so much for your comment!

      February 6, 2012 at 10:58 am

  7. Horses are such a hard subject; I tried to shoot at one last weekend but he was turning his face on the opposite way of the camera; and also when I was walking in the mountains (last weekend too) I found a horse that was dying, we couldn’t do anything to help him, and the peasants told us next day that the horse was dead 😦

    I love the tones in the first photo, and the crop gives more details.
    Very interesting!

    February 6, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    • So sorry to hear about the horse that died, Pablo. That’s really sad. It is difficult to witness the suffering of other animals without being able to do something to comfort and help them.

      February 6, 2012 at 5:31 pm

  8. Lemony, these are beautiful photos ❤

    February 6, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    • Yasmine, these are so obviously just the work of a beginner compared to your lovely photographs of horses. One day, I hope to capture the beauty of horses the way you do!

      February 6, 2012 at 8:25 pm

  9. These are great, especially love the first shot! I love horses – look forward to seeing more of them!

    February 7, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    • Thank you! I’m eager to get back to the horses, to have another chance to try again.

      February 7, 2012 at 3:01 pm

  10. A lovely horse!

    February 14, 2012 at 4:05 pm

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