Monday, January 26, 2015

Anatomy Of A Photo Shoot - Equinox Farm Style

They'd predicted less than an inch of snow the other evening.  I had an inkling they might be wrong when I saw the neighbor haul an extra load of silage to his cows ;-).  We ended up with four inches of some of the prettiest, most perfect snow ever.  

Since it wasn't super cold to begin with and they were calling for temps in the high 30's later in the day, I knew I was going to have to work fast.  We hadn't had snow since before Thanksgiving and who knew if we'd ever get any more (gasp!). I like to have at least two, if not three, good snowy calendar scenes.  Time to get busy.


First and foremost, always be prepared to bribe with food. This crew will do almost anything for food.  I decided to use the heavily flocked white pines as my background so I set out a bale of hay...and opened the side door.


Hank made a quick safety check loop.  There's not much he and I like more than a good fluffy snow :-D.


It was still pretty "dark", but I could tell the sun was going to try to peek through.  Getting the timing right is the thing.  Let them out too late and I miss the golden light.  Too soon and they fill up on the bribe and go back to the barn and settle in for a long winter's nap.


I couldn't figure out why I had so many of the "same" pictures until I noticed Hank working his way back down the tree line.  Gotta love Hank :-).


And here comes the sun :-).


"We don't really care if you make us go out in the snow to take our pictures as long as we get to eat yummy hay."

That's Buddy and Boudreaux looking at us.  I almost missed Woolliam buried deep in the middle.


"I'd rather eat grass."

Keebs is always so complicated ;-).


18 comments:

Miha Giustina said...

Lucky you!:-) No snow here. Your pictures are so perfect:-)! All of them.

Miha Giustina said...

Picture n. 5: perfection!

Maureen said...

Hee hee hee!!! Love it! What incredible photos... the composition and of course, the subjects, are perfection!

Alice said...

Maybe Keebs is doing a taste comparison! Gotta love that kissable mug!

Tombstone Livestock said...

Keebs has to have a special calendar picture spot.

LannieK said...

Absolutely gorgeous! :-) I am so glad you got some snow :-) It's perfect.

Far Side of Fifty said...

You got some great shots:)

Michelle said...

You did get some great shots!

Marcy Doane said...

Beautiful winter wonderland pictures!

Auntie Reg said...

Keebs looks like he has been eating the world's largest snow cone!

Lori Skoog said...

Excellent shots!

MaryAnn said...

I love your sheep in the snow. They are so practical with food we are here no food we are out of here.

Tyche's Minder said...

Oh, well done.

Tyche's Minder said...

Oh, well done.

Tina Marie the Willow Witch said...

Keebs with his face covered in snow is too funny. Love the shots.

Susan Mckee-Nugent said...

I'd rather eat grass............PULEESE he's lucky he has such a GOOD mommy! Beautiful shots. No snow here, we're still in the fog..........

Vermont Grand View Farm said...

So beautiful!
We have so much snow, that the gates no longer open and the sheep can not venture into the pasture. The snow is too deep, with an icy crust that sometimes they fall through and sometimes they don't. No, my sheep will not step foot on the field for another 2, maybe 3 months. They stay tucked up against the barn until then.

Lisa Smith said...

Your photo captures are absolutely wonderful! I love the lighting, now that I figured out what my problem was: when I turned on my computer this morning it was still pitch dark in the room, so I adjusted the screen brightness feature way down so as not to blind myself. Well, after a few early morning chores I came back to check your blog but forgot I turned it down. Your great shots were very, very dark. Almost couldn't see them. . . .that dark. I was wondering to myself "Why did she take those in the dark?" :-/ Oh well, all is corrected now and I can really appreciate your photography! I love Keebler's frosty face!

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