Stable horse



Went over to Burbank to see the 100 Mules at the L.A. Equestrian Center; the mules just traveled 100 miles from the Owens Valley in California's Eastern Sierra to L.A. to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Los Angeles Aqueduct.





The 100 Mules were a bust. My photos from the stands sucked ass. Not enough light, bad angles, boring.

Afterward, I went over to a nearby stable with my domesticated partner (who happens to be a horsewoman) and in 20 minutes just had fun shooting a bunch of horses used in one of the local riding schools. Now I was able to get close, move around, play with the backlight and aperture. I didn't really take much time with any of them; I just shot whatever caught my eye.

And lo and behold, I came away with a few pretty decent photographs. Maybe not technically perfect, but technically perfect isn't my playing field anyway.

My favorite is the one above, which I converted to black and white in Lightroom with a slight tint. The composition is simple -- horse in foreground, horse in background, strong backlight, shallow depth-of-field courtesy of the Nikon 35mm 1.8 lens at f/1.8. The black and white works because there are many different shades of gray.

Second favorite photo:


I used one of the VSCO film presets on this one to give it less of a digital feel. 
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--S.H.

This photo is ©Steve Hymon 2013 and may not be used elsewhere without my advanced written permission.

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