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Black Power in the snow



The powerful black Friesian stallion enjoys the powder snow.

The powerful black Friesian stallion enjoys the powder snow.
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18 Comments | Report
joeyg
 
joeyg January 25, 2017
Fantastic work
rochelle_hadfield
 
rochelle_hadfield May 07, 2017
LOVE THIS! Absolutely GORGEOUS!
Paulacook144 Platinum
 
Paulacook144 May 08, 2017
Lovely well seen and handled.
ashleysowter Platinum
 
ashleysowter May 14, 2017
Amazing image. Congratulations. This is spectacular.
ashleysowter Platinum
 
ashleysowter May 14, 2017
Amazing photography. Beautiful capture. Congratulations
MsElaine
 
MsElaine May 17, 2017
Wow!!
simonparry
 
simonparry May 21, 2017
Super shot...
julissabarrioszamora
 
julissabarrioszamora October 24, 2017
Amazingly beautiful
beckyreding PRO
 
beckyreding December 19, 2017
WOW
lyndaldavies
 
lyndaldavies February 04, 2018
Wow! Such a fantastic photo, I can feel the movement!
BluLuna
 
BluLuna March 25, 2018
Just beautiful!
WolfEyesPhotography
 
WolfEyesPhotography April 22, 2018
Spectacular and love that the eye is lit too!
marcbaechtold
 
marcbaechtold May 13, 2018
nice work! Some nice colors and good contrast, keep shooting!
Julia_137
 
Julia_137 July 23, 2018
Great picture ! Come and check out a few of mine sometime 😄
margitulstrup PRO+
 
margitulstrup January 31, 2019
Amazing ... what a wonderful time he have in the snow
sherrysloan
 
sherrysloan February 24, 2019
Stunning
RickL PRO+
 
RickL March 10, 2019
Exceptional composition and movement
LoriCoens
 
LoriCoens April 09, 2019
This is a beautiful photo. Thank you for sharing your story behind the lens. As a new picture taker ( not a real photographer yet ) it is so helpful and inspiring! I just bought my first real camera a Sony A7 lll. Quite a learning curve from my very old Canon Rebel XT! On my way to a horse rescue in Tubac Arizona today to photograph the rescue horses! Up early can’t wait!

Behind The Lens

Location
The photo was taken on the top of my hometown. It's a small village in the middle of Switzerland.
Time
I can remember; it was a very cold and snowy winter day where you would rather stay in bed and snuggle in the warm blanket. It was also one of the few days with enough snow where it was possible to let run the horse free. So we went out with the horses in the afternoon to took some photos.
Lighting
It was a really frosty day and it snowed easily. Not a perfect day to do photos of a black Frisian horse in the snow what is not easy to do anyway but sometimes you do not have the choice and you have to try to do the best with what is given. One of the days where I had to learn again that not always everything must be perfect to get a great result. Because I like it.
Equipment
Nikon D5, Nikkor 80-400mm I prefer to work freehand because I'm more flexible and faster in the movement.
Inspiration
To catch horses in a free running movement is one of my favorite motive. To see the power of this beautiful animals is amazing. Unfortunately there are not so many snow days in our area where this is possible. So I use any chance that offers me. It's wonderful to show the amazing and powerful horses in front of our beautiful country. I call this animalscape a mix of animal- and landscape photography ;-).
Editing
Post-processing ist an important part of my work. Not just because I'm shooting in RAW also to give the pictures their own look. I see myself more as a photo artist as a photographer. I am developing the RAW file in Lightroom and then I export it to photoshop to create my own look. I like to use dodge and burn to highlight the details. In this image I have chosen black and white to bring out more the power of this beautiful Friesian horse.
In my camera bag
Two bodies if one does not work or I need two different lenses and have not the time to change. My two lenses; my favorite lens for action shots the Nikkor AF-S 80-400mm f4.5-5.6 G ED VR and the AF-S 24-70mm f2.8 G ED. With this two lenses I covered almost everything I need. A mount flash if I need a bit more lite for the portraits and very important a replacement battery and a replacement memory card. I think it is not so important what is in the bag a camera and a lens is enough to can do some great photos.
Feedback
To freeze the movement take a short exposure 1/500 and shorter. To isolate subjects from the background use an open aperture. If you photograph dark animals in the snow it is better to choose a RAW file and photograph a bit underexposed so the snow is not overexposed and you can get the details from the dark animal in the post-processing. Or you can use a exposure correction of -0.7 till -1.7. With spot metering, brightness is measured only within a limited area at the center of the screen. Border the meadow of the horses with a mobile fence so the horses have only a limited space to run. You can stamp the fence in the postprocessing. Choose your point of view that you have a nice background and the horse is as far away as possible from the background. Go down on your knees so that you are at the height of the chest of the horse and choose a focal length of 70mm and longer. Good luck and have fun!

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