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YvonneJeaK PRO+
 
YvonneJeaK April 06, 2015
Absolutely wondering
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janland April 14, 2015
Beautiful capture and composition! Congrats!
lynnbenning
 
lynnbenning April 15, 2015
What a moment to capture - amazing shot!!!!
paulacoxrossi
 
paulacoxrossi April 17, 2015
Perfection!
JDLifeshots
 
JDLifeshots May 05, 2015
Beautiful capture! Congrats!
clareparsons
 
clareparsons May 05, 2015
I love this photo. There's something just wonderfully endearing about it. Thanks for sharing it with us all!
Burkholder
 
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.
LynnsPhoto
 
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
 
PhotosbyErinL June 03, 2015
Aww cute!
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tonybruguiere June 03, 2015
Thank you.
JDLifeshots
 
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
 
amyshortphoto June 17, 2015
Stunning horses and stunning shot!!
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tonybruguiere June 17, 2015
Thank you, Amy!
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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.
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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
 
tonnyservaas January 28, 2016
Beautiful moment captured with lovely colors, Tony!
reflectionsbyrenee
 
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
 
RavenHawk58 July 19, 2016
BEYOND OUTSTANDING. What a great capture. What wonderful composition.
Hood PRO+
 
Hood November 17, 2016
Stunning!!!!
catherinethompson PRO
 
catherinethompson November 17, 2016
Beautiful moment and stunning capture.
kathyk_abq
 
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
 
Nicci007 September 04, 2017
Love this!!
simonparry PRO+
 
simonparry November 26, 2017
Truly outstanding capture..
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tonybruguiere November 26, 2017
Thanks very much, Simon.
Cookies4U PRO
 
Cookies4U January 31, 2018
a special capture! congratulations!
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tonybruguiere February 02, 2018
Thank you very much!!
DexHortonPhotography
 
DexHortonPhotography February 07, 2018
Beautiful portrait!
andreaeptonward PRO
 
andreaeptonward March 16, 2018
Amazing x
RamyDelariarte
 
RamyDelariarte May 09, 2018
Lovely
danielmartin
 
danielmartin May 10, 2018
Very good... I love horses and this shot is just GREAT!!!
Badgrandad PRO+
 
Badgrandad May 10, 2018
Beautiful work, you can feel the connection between foal mare.
SuzieQ63
 
SuzieQ63 May 11, 2018
Adorable!!
junesobiechowski
 
junesobiechowski May 12, 2018
really beautiful photo
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tonybruguiere May 12, 2018
Thank you very much for the kind words, June.
annbutler_4049
 
annbutler_4049 May 12, 2018
Beautiful
nathannicollephotography
 
Amazing!!
twhamill PRO+
 
twhamill September 13, 2018
Congrats! Beautifully done.
fourwalls PRO+
 
fourwalls September 14, 2018
Absolutely perfect
barbarabrock PRO+
 
barbarabrock September 14, 2018
Precious moment captured!
conniehumphreys_3889
 
conniehumphreys_3889 September 15, 2018
Beautiful
AJKellamPhotos PRO
 
AJKellamPhotos October 10, 2018
Adorable!
geoffmarston PRO+
 
geoffmarston Oct 30
Perfect subject, perfect timing, perfect exposure. Well done!!

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Behind The Lens

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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