Wednesday, May 16th, 2018
You’re getting more than one image today, whether you like it or not.
Want to know why?
#3 Put it together for me now: Percheron. Foal.
#4: New lens.
#5: Pretty light.
#6: I’m feeling sassy (HA!)
Just so we’re clear, if you made it all the way to the end of that list, you’re hard to please. “Percheron” on its own is all this girl needs to hear. Then you add in “Foal” and I’m a puddle.
No, but really, how have I not had this lens yet?!?!?!? I’m shaking my finger at all ya’ll who didn’t boot me in the butt sooner.
Did I already say I’m feeling sassy? I’m at my desk talking to myself with my hands I’m so fired up!
It is 10 o’clock…and Shelley did in fact feed me coffee after our shoot…that maaaaaay have something to do with it 😉
Anyway, redirecting. If you follow my blog, you know about my shoots with Shelley and the Ames Percheron Farm. Tonight, Shelley invited me to come with for more of a “fun” mission (but let’s be clear here, all Ames shoots are FUN): Photographing a FOAL! A cute little 6 week old dude with no name yet; jet black with one perfect star on his forehead. Fun fact: When he gets to be his mama’s age, he’ll be the same color she is – hard to believe isn’t it?
Mama was so confident; she was a stunner. I’ll admit that I’m not well-versed on horses and pregnancy, but I thought she looked dang good. I would’ve never guessed she had a foal 6 weeks ago.
Which made me start thinking about their origin and their history. Plow horses, bred to be steady, powerful, and safe around family. Their roots run deep; their history rich. I’ve always loved old black and white photographs of farmers and their horses. I could decorate my house with them, I just find them quietly remarkable. So much so, that I usually find myself editing my photos of drafts into black and whites. If you go back to my state fair images from last year, I did that a lot with my images of drafts walking the streets before crowds arrived. Another fun fact: I actually photographed the Ames that day, and didn’t know it! Shelley hadn’t done any shoots with them at that point.
So tonight while working through these images, although the light was gorgeous, and the colors vibrant, I gave into the urge of BW. My goal was to give it a film-type look, check them out and see if you think I succeeded.
Ok, and one in color, because, well, spring!