My 10 Worse Equine Photographs

Facing The Elements

If the image above were one of my worse, I would be a superstar.

 This photograph was a gift that pointed me toward to art I create today.

In 2009 I was selling used western saddles and tack on eBay. It was the beginning of the digital era of photography then and I needed to purchase a digital camera. I decided on the Canon Rebel xT1. It also would be a nice camera to take photographs of the beauty of Montana where I lived at the time.

When the camera arrived in the mail on a cold January day I was very excited. I quickly opened the box and put the lens on the camera. I didn't bother reading the manual. I just want to take this camera for a test drive. 


As I looked out my window it was snowing pretty hard and I saw the horses at the round bale feeder eating away, so I grabbed my coat and boots and headed out the door. 

It was pretty cold so I quickly put the camera in auto mode, pointed at one of the horses and snapped away. Then went back in the house to figure out how to get the images off the camera and onto my computer.

To my surprise, the image above appeared on my computer screen. I could not believe the details in the snow and the coat of the horse. I was taken back. I thought to myself that if horses could look this good in a photograph, I think I should be an equine photographer.

 And that was the gift, the gift that pointed me to my future. 

What I didn't realize is it would take the next six years of education and practicing before I would be able to take a photograph of that quality again.

I was now on a long journey down the road of learning equine photography.

I am going to embarrass myself by showing you some of the worse photographs I took while learning and practicing so I could become an equine photographer.

 I hope to help everyone realize we all have to start somewhere and it takes many years to accomplish a skill.  I can not tell you it was not hard and frustrating at times, but also incredibly rewarding.

The more I know, the more I realize there is more to learn.

 I doubt I will never be able to say "Now I am a master equine photographer."

So here 10 of some of my worse images. You can read  how I critique my  work.

Way to far away from the subject. Terrible light at the wrong time of day and I am not standing in the right spot to get any details.

Way to far away from the subject. Terrible light at the wrong time of day and I am not standing in the right spot to get any details.

Not to bad except the snow is grey and the horse lacks detail.

Not to bad except the snow is grey and the horse lacks detail.

The front horse is to dominant and the color cast is way off.

The front horse is to dominant and the color cast is way off.

Cut off his legs, disturbing background and just a boring photograph really.

Cut off his legs, disturbing background and just a boring photograph really.

Getting closer helps, but I cut off the ears and the background is disturbing, especially the white lines on the house. 

Getting closer helps, but I cut off the ears and the background is disturbing, especially the white lines on the house. 

There is some detail but the composition is not so great and the ugly halter really takes away from the ponies personality. Also the tree is a bit distracting.

There is some detail but the composition is not so great and the ugly halter really takes away from the ponies personality. Also the tree is a bit distracting.

Again cutting off their legs, to much going on in the photograph to be interesting and no expression in the horses. It is not very sharp so settings were not correct.

Again cutting off their legs, to much going on in the photograph to be interesting and no expression in the horses. It is not very sharp so settings were not correct.

I think I am starting to realize to get closer, but still not close enough. You can not see the horses eyes so the photograph does not say anything. Not very sharp, my settings were not correct.

I think I am starting to realize to get closer, but still not close enough. You can not see the horses eyes so the photograph does not say anything. Not very sharp, my settings were not correct.

Good concept but here it is obvious I do not understand lighting. 

Good concept but here it is obvious I do not understand lighting. 

Getting better but could have zoomed in a little closer, and waited until the horses had a better position. The one on the left's head is too high and all of their legs are out of sync. Their ears are all over the place which indicates they are not working as a team. This is when knowing your subject well can also help you make a better photograph.

Getting better but could have zoomed in a little closer, and waited until the horses had a better position. The one on the left's head is too high and all of their legs are out of sync. Their ears are all over the place which indicates they are not working as a team. This is when knowing your subject well can also help you make a better photograph.

So there I just revealed my humble beginnings. It is my intention that these images help you realize we all have to start somewhere.  We all have to go through the learning curve in every new skill we want to accomplish. 

“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”
― Benjamin Franklin

 

This is why I decided to start teaching. I want to save others the time and help them learn from all the mistakes I made when I was just starting out.  

 Having someone help you as you go can greatly advance your learning process and move you ahead faster. A mentor or tutor can help you avoid the mistakes they themselves made.

 You have to know what you don't know before you can practice to achieve a skill.

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