Sunday, November 22, 2009

Sunday Stills - Horses

Being in the heart of horse country, I felt like I should use this challenge to work outside my own "box" and try for some interesting shots of other horses.

Thoroughbred Park, near the center of downtown Lexington. During the summer months, it's back lit with beautiful fountains and I was hoping the water was still running since it's been so warm. Unfortunately the only things running were the fabulous bronzes. Still worth the trip.



This was my attempt to get a night shot with blurred car headlights. Sigh. WildBlack? Possible tutorial? :-)



The detail on these statues is just incredible. I still find myself reaching out to touch the material, leather, hair...



Another current horse scene around town is Keeneland's November Breeding Stock Sale. As a sort of funny aside, this pretty broodmare may not be as big as she looks. One of the most important qualifications to "show" sale horses to potential bidders is being short. Cute and blond doesn't hurt either ;-).



I love the layers of this shot. Barn after barn after barn.



Even though I got a nice dinner out of my night photo shoot and the weather was perfect for spending some time at the sales the next day, I have to admit my favorite horses to shoot are still our own. This is Aria and Handy, the old couple.



And T-Bone and Gato, the odd couple. I was excited to see the sun beams/fence shadows here. Thanks Ed for a fun challenge!

For more Sunday Stills...

22 comments:

Regular Guy said...

Your night shots are very nice. I do like the last shot with the mist and horses. Very nice set of pictures.

Ed said...

Love the night shot and the last one, the sunrise..:-)

colleen said...

How incredibly lucky you are to live where you do. I have always wanted to go to Lexington as I am a horse obsessed woman. I love you shots and you have affirmed my need to go visit. Thanks for sharing.

Shirley said...

Those bronzes are awesome! I love the shots of your own horses.

Michelle said...

Guess I met the challenge and didn't even know about it! Two posts over at Boulderneigh today on our last day in Lexington; the first is FULL of horses!

Alice said...

I especially liked the tender photo of Handy and Aria with the light background contrasting the dark horses. This coupled with the symmetry of their bodies as the featured "old couple" and the horizontal lines of the fence and the vertical lines of the tail make this a really interesting composition.

dibear said...

I think the shots of your own horses are my favorites. :)

dibear said...

I think the shots of your own horses are my favorites. :)

Sarah said...

great pictures....and a great source to go to for the subject!
I love the one of the bronzes running and the last one of the pair at pasture with the morning sun. What a wonderful sight to wake up to!

Janice said...

Great post. The detail on that bronze is amazing. I love the last shot.

Janice said...

Great post. The detail on that bronze is amazing. I love the last shot.

Ebie said...

I love the last two shots, very sweet!

Oregon Equestrian said...

Love, love, love the last photo. The sculptures are amazing!

moresecretwhispers said...

i'm really impressed by the statue photographs, they are a really nice addition to this challenge

Holly said...

I love all of them for various reasons.

The lighting on that last one is superb.

Shula said...

The pictures are really good. Those bronzes are incredible, what wonderful detail. I liked the look of the grey in the picture too.

Deb W said...

Lovely photos as always. I tried to describe Thoroughbred Park to Michelle, but you just have to see it up close. One of the overlooked treasures of Lexington, I think.

BTW, didn't you mention where you got your roving crates in the Wool house? I need some to prop up rabbit cages, and they will give me the added bonus of storage.

Far Side of Fifty said...

Thanks for the trip into Lexington..the sculptures are awesome! BUT your horses in the mist are just stunning..really well done:)

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

These are all great! I like the last one the best, but the horse statues are gorgeous, too!


~Lisa

flowerweaver said...

I remember the sculpture and Keenland both from my visits to see you. The mist and horses really captures the Kentucky horse country well!

CTG Ponies said...

Great pics! I think my favorite is the last one. It's very tranquil.

DayPhoto said...

This is was fun. I got to see more of your area, and to meet your horse friends once more.


Thanks,
Linda
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