We lost this beautiful mare in the last week.  Such a sad day.  She was our last Morgan horse after raising them for over 30 years.  We miss her.


Merry Christmas

Happy Holidays to all!  Hope you all have a safe and happy holiday season!

Camera settings: Fujifilm FinePix S700, F/3.5, 1/20 sec., ISO 800, focal length 6.3 mm.  No flash.


Our mare, Middy in her close-up!  She is quite old as horses go but she is still full of herself.  She is hard to take pictures of because she wants to get so close to you.  Processed in Photoshop Elements by using Filter/Brush Strokes/Sumi-e.  Final was burned and brushes added.

Camera settings: Canon T1i, F/4, 1/250 sec., ISO 100, focal length 100 mm.  No flash.

Extreme Close Up

This is a head shot of one of my Breyer model horses.  The head is about 1-1 1/2 inches long.  This is as close as I can get with my Canon T1i.  A classic head shot of a horse includes the withers to the point of the shoulder and the offside eye socket should just be visible. (That’s for anyone interested in taking live horse shots!)  This is a red chestnut Morgan model.  Hope you are all having a great weekend!

Camera settings: Canon T1i, F/5.6, 1/60 sec., ISO 400, focal length 55 mm.  Flash fired.


Some handmade antique snaffle bits that hang in our garage.  They date back to around 1900.  I used a high ISO and left the garage door closed to get more even light.  I did not use flash, only light used was from the center garage light.  I did this to not get flash reflection off of the peg board.   I processed by adjusting levels and contrast and then changing to b/w.  The photo had very little  noise.  I then ran the photo through OnOne Photo Essentials 3.  I used their Wild West filter.  Hope you like it.

Camera settings: F/5.6, 1/4 sec., ISO 3200, focal length 55 mm.  No flash.

Foothill Barn

Here’s a nice old barn in the Sierra foothills.  We went for a drive today and I loved this.  There is a bay horse grazing in the background.  I did replace the sky as it was heavily overcast.  Topaz Simplify buz sim was used, but I toned down the simplify component when processing.  I then did a  lot of dodging and burning.  Hope your day was a great one!

Camera settings: F/5, 1/320 sec., ISO 64, focal length 10.1 mm.  No flash.