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1quietlady February 27, 2015
Amazing photo! Love your gallery. Hope to see more soon!
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dareco March 07, 2015
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debbie1969 March 11, 2015
Thank you very much, and I'm always thrilled when someone likes 1 of my pics. I love your work, because I learn from everyone who comments. I consider it great guidelines. Thanks again
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Bazz April 01, 2015
Awesome capture!
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cmorisset April 02, 2015
Simply beautiful! Congrats on great work ( : love it!
 
lindawilliams_5852 April 03, 2015
Absolutely beautiful picture and horse!
 
CWphotos5 April 04, 2015
Excellent capture of this beautiful horse!
 
CWphotos5 April 04, 2015
OOPS! I forgot to add: Congratulations!
 
charlymakrayrice August 19, 2015
Beautiful ... so reminds me of my last horse, Cinnabar. Touches my soul.
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adavies January 22, 2016
Wonderful capture! Love the snowy scene...and what a beautiful horse!!! Well done!
 
DorisSeybold January 31, 2016
Beautiful capture!!!!
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edrobson November 16, 2018
Wonderful.

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A horse named Bear poses for a photo in the middle of a quiet snowfall while eating his breakfast at a farm in Fenton, Missouri....
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A horse named Bear poses for a photo in the middle of a quiet snowfall while eating his breakfast at a farm in Fenton, Missouri.
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Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken in our pasture behind our barn. My wife and I have boarded horses for many years on our little farm in Fenton, Missouri.
Time
The horses are fed twice a day. This was early morning before both of us had to go to our regular jobs - she is an orthodontist assistant, I am chief photographer for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch news paper. I was throwing hay out to all the outside horses, when great big snowflakes started falling. There was an eerie silence in this beautiful scene. I ran back to the house and got my camera. The horse, named Bear, was startled when I came back and started shooting. He kept watching me while I photographed him. The snow only lasted a few minutes.
Lighting
The light was pretty good and the brightness of the snow certainly helped.
Equipment
I was using a Canon 1D Mark V with a 70-200mm lens set at 200 because I wanted to compress as much of the snow and background as possible.
Inspiration
I usually don't "see" too many photos around my farm anymore because I mostly see all of the work that needs to be done and all the repairs I need to make. But, on this occasion, the beauty of the moment nearly took my breath away and I knew I had to capture it.
Editing
No, I am a photo journalist, so I try to keep the image as real as possible. The only thing I usually do to my images is crop them and make them look as close to the reality I saw as possible. We are allowed to color correct and do a little dodging and burning, not much more. Photo ethics plays a very big roll in photo journalism. I've only played with a few of my personal images that are not intended for newspaper publication.
In my camera bag
I don't carry a camera bag. I have two cameras, both Canons, with a 70-200mm lens and a 24-70mm lens. It's company equipment, but I try and treat it as if it was my own. I'm usually shooting seven days a week.
Feedback
I really like to shoot in weather extremes. Heavy snow, fog, rain - I try to get out there and find something new or different about otherwise ordinary scenes. A couple of my best images came after listening to the evening weather report that said there would be heavy ground fog in the morning. I made sure I was in position before the sun came up and burned off the fog.

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