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YvonneJeaK April 06, 2015
Absolutely wondering
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janland April 14, 2015
Beautiful capture and composition! Congrats!
 
lynnbenning April 15, 2015
What a moment to capture - amazing shot!!!!
 
paulacoxrossi April 17, 2015
Perfection!
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JDLifeshots May 05, 2015
Beautiful capture! Congrats!
 
clareparsons May 05, 2015
I love this photo. There's something just wonderfully endearing about it. Thanks for sharing it with us all!
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Burkholder May 21, 2015
What A wonderfully adorable, engaging, & captivating photo! Fabulous Shot!
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tonybruguiere May 21, 2015
Thank you very much for the kind comment.
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LynnsPhoto June 03, 2015
The perfect mom and baby portrait! Love it!
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tonybruguiere June 03, 2015
Thank you very much!
 
PhotosbyErinL June 03, 2015
Aww cute!
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tonybruguiere June 03, 2015
Thank you.
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JDLifeshots June 04, 2015
Congrats!
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TwoGreenEyes June 04, 2015
What a great picture! What horsebreed is this?
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tonybruguiere June 04, 2015
These are purebred AQHA registered Quarter Horses. The dam's color is Buckskin and the colt will be the same. Thanks for the kind words.
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cmorisset June 16, 2015
Amazing capture. Bravo!
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tonybruguiere June 17, 2015
Thanks very much.
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VHiggins June 17, 2015
oh, how precious! congratulations!
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tonybruguiere June 17, 2015
Thank you very much for your kind comment.
 
amyshortphoto June 17, 2015
Stunning horses and stunning shot!!
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tonybruguiere June 17, 2015
Thank you, Amy!
 
adriankrueger June 22, 2015
I believe this shot should have been the grand jury winner. Wonderful shot and composition!
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tonybruguiere June 22, 2015
Wow! Thank you for the kind words, That means a lot to me.
 
oldgal June 26, 2015
Delightful Treat !!!
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tonybruguiere August 08, 2015
Thanks very much.
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eelcovanroden August 26, 2015
Wow... wonderful!
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tonybruguiere November 12, 2015
Thank you for the kind words.
 
tonnyservaas January 28, 2016
Beautiful moment captured with lovely colors, Tony!
 
reflectionsbyrenee January 28, 2016
you can't get any better then this
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tonybruguiere February 04, 2016
Thanks, Renee, I am so fortunate to have free acess to this ranch. The mares remember and trust me which is half the battle.
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michaelakrempelhoward July 15, 2016
You can feel the love for that little foal. Great capture
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tonybruguiere July 15, 2016
Thanks, Michael. This is one of my favorite places to photograph. KeSa Quarter Horses takes pride in breeding athletic horses with good minds and good dispositions.
 
RavenHawk58 July 19, 2016
BEYOND OUTSTANDING. What a great capture. What wonderful composition.
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Hood November 17, 2016
Stunning!!!!
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catherinethompson November 17, 2016
Beautiful moment and stunning capture.
 
kathyk_abq March 20, 2017
Just beautiful! I love quarter horses!
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adavies May 29, 2017
Awww! Love this...so sweet! Nicely captured! If you haven't done so already, please consider joining my Random Acts challenge:)
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Nicci007 September 04, 2017
Love this!!
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simonparry November 26, 2017
Truly outstanding capture..
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tonybruguiere November 26, 2017
Thanks very much, Simon.
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Cookies4U Jan 31
a special capture! congratulations!
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tonybruguiere Feb 02
Thank you very much!!
 
Beautiful portrait!
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Amazing x
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ramyzinch May 09
Lovely
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danielmartin May 10
Very good... I love horses and this shot is just GREAT!!!
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Badgrandad May 10
Beautiful work, you can feel the connection between foal mare.
 
SuzieQ63 May 11
Adorable!!
 
really beautiful photo
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Thank you very much for the kind words, June.
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Beautiful
 
Amazing!!

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Location
KeSa Quarter Horse Ranch, located east of Fort Collins, Colorado. KeSa raises top quality working and performance Quarter Horses. They have line-bred Blue Valentine, Hancock, Driftwood, and crosses. They have 70 brood mares, and eight stallions. Four of the stallions have AQHA World points and two of them are AQHA World Champions. I am incredibly fortunate to have open access to photograph on the ranch.
Time
Well it's that time of day when all the experts say that I shouldn't be shooting - 1 PM. It is still early Spring and the light at altitude is not as harsh as summer in the desert. Except when I am looking for something really specific, I go when I can and work with what nature gives me. I know that golden hour light is really beautiful, but if I had stopped shooting at 10am, I never would have seen this shot.
Lighting
No, just available light.
Equipment
Canon 40 D with a Canon 70-200 mm (L) f/2.8 IS, @ 70mm.
Inspiration
I will go out to the pasture with a plan of what I want to concentrate on. For this shoot, I wanted to photograph the interaction between mares and foals. This foal is only two days old and it is in this early stage that the foal stays close to the mare and a lot of bonding takes place. After a week or so the foal becomes more adventurous during the periods between feeding and sleeping.
Editing
The mare is a light Buckskin Quarter Horse and her foal will have the same colors. Right now he is still in his baby coat. The subjects were good but the pale tan coats gave a overall blotchy appearance. On top of that there is no green grass yet. The shot was good but unappealing. I converted it to a somewhat high-key B&W and added a light blue filter, mostly to bring color back to the sky. I masked away a lot of the color from the horses. There is a vignette added (pretty primitive compared to today's automatic filters).
In my camera bag
When working with horses, I normally use a Canon 70-200 mm (L) f/2.8 IS and a Canon 100-400mm (L) f/4.5-5.6 IS. I hand hold the 70-200mm and use a Manfrotto monopod with the 100-400mm. Camera bodies are a Canon 40D and a 7D. My working bag consists of the 70-200mm, Canon 24-105 (L) f/4.0, and a Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM.
Feedback
Photographing horses can be a humbling experience. Domestic horses seem to be always head down and eating. Horse people want pictures of their animals with their ears pointing forward, but because horses are "prey" animals, their "inner wild horse" is always on the alert for any perceived danger and scans for it with its ears. Sometimes it is best to work with a partner to attract and keep their attention while you shoot. I have photographed these 70 brood mares for years and they know that I pose no threat. I start quietly talking to the horses the moment I enter the pasture. I move slowly and obliquely to get into position. When working with mares, babies, and any unfamiliar animals, ALWAYS stay alert to what is happening around you. You never know what is going to flip the switch on that docile, well trained animal and turn on that "inner wild horse" that is totally unpredictable. Patience is the golden key to photographing horses.

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