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A windblown horse on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia.

A windblown horse on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia.
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AlejandraDodge
 
AlejandraDodge March 07, 2014
Beautiful composition...great black and white work.
lindywalker
 
lindywalker March 08, 2014
Gorgeous!!
gondmagdi Premium
 
gondmagdi October 09, 2014
awesome shot !
njkerosky PRO+
 
njkerosky January 09, 2015
Congrats! After careful consideration, judging more than 800 entries, your photo has been selected as a finalist in I love Horses challenge.
njkerosky PRO+
 
njkerosky January 09, 2015
Congrats! After careful consideration, judging more than 800 entries, your photo has been selected as a finalist in I love Horses challenge.
kathyk_abq
 
kathyk_abq February 21, 2015
Just beautiful! Very powerful!
Forfarlass
 
Forfarlass June 08, 2015
This is a beauty. Wonderful work.
texaaronpueschel PRO+
 
texaaronpueschel March 07, 2016
Artistry well captured in mono.
lynkeanelly
 
lynkeanelly February 16, 2017
Nice

Behind The Lens

Location
I met this horse (and a few of her friends) while hiking on a fairly remote trail at the northern tip of Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. She seemed fascinated with us and followed us around for quite awhile, but wouldn't allow us to touch her. It seemed like she might be accustomed to getting treats out of plastic bags, because she became very excited when I took out a rainsleeve for my camera when it started to drizzle. She came charging right up and bit a big hole in the plastic!
Time
It was mid afternoon, on an overcast day.
Lighting
The cloud cover made the light nice and soft, even though it was mid afternoon.
Equipment
I took this photo with a Nikon D3200 and a 55-300mm kit lens, handheld, natural light.
Inspiration
She looked so noble and dramatic, standing at the top of the rise, with the wind blowing her mane and tail. Her scars made me think she would probably have some stories to tell.
Editing
This photo was taken weeks after I got my first DSLR and I think I actually took this using the black and white setting in camera (gasp! I know, the horror!). Later, I boosted contrast and did a bit of sharpening in Lightroom, but that's about it.
In my camera bag
These days, I always have my Nikon D7100. If I am shooting portraits, I will have my 24-70 mm f/2.8 lens, a couple of speedlights and a reflector. For landscapes and wildlife, I take my 70-200 mm f/2.8 and my 10-24 mm f/3.5-4.5, a circular polarizer and sometimes a spare body (D3200) so that I don't have to change lenses in the field. I also love my canon macro filter that screws on to the front of my lens, allowing me to get close up shots of interesting flora and tiny fauna without having to carry another whole lens.
Feedback
Well, don't use the black and white setting in your camera, take the photo in colour and convert it later! Otherwise, I'm not sure there are too many places that you're likely to run into free roaming horses these days. These ones were a surprise and a treat, but a similar photo could be captured of a horse in a pasture, if you were careful with composition and didn't show the fences. The fact that I was low down and taking the photo uphill at the horse also gave her a more dramatic, imposing look. She has only sky behind her, not any distracting landscape, which makes this photo more compelling than many others I took that day.

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