Thursday, April 29, 2010
I discovered a spectacular breed of horses last month through an email my brother sent me -- Gypsy Vanners -- and I was immediately drawn to contact some breeders to photograph them. I am scheduled to take photos next week, but I wanted to post this picture now. I photographed the young lady and the famous Gypsy Vanner horse, Romeo, indoors as they were preparing for a performance at a horse show in Shelbyville, Tennessee. I was frustrated by the dim lighting and unappealing shadows I had to deal with in the holding area, but it was all I had to work with. I added the background -- a shot from the Great Smokies -- to try and salvage the image. It is impossible to cut around hair in Photoshop and make it perfectly believable, but I did the best I could. I like the image, although it is not perfect.
Next week I'll be posting some images from the horse shoot that will take place outdoors in ideal lighting. I bought a lens specifically for this event -- a 300mm f/2.8 IS. I thought my 500mm f/4 would be too long, and I wanted the out of focus background that is characteristic of a large aperture like the f/2.8. Stay tuned -- we'll see what I can capture next week.