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This little filly was grazing with her mother late one evening. I had been out looking for opportunities to take some nature shots and she presented the perfec...
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This little filly was grazing with her mother late one evening. I had been out looking for opportunities to take some nature shots and she presented the perfect subject. I was taken by her beautiful pale colour against the golden bokeh that looked like hundreds of little halos hanging behind her.
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biglenswildlife PRO+
 
biglenswildlife November 12, 2017
It grabs you as soon as you look at this image. Low angle, great use of the light and nice depth of field. Top of the tree.
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CarpeDeeM November 12, 2017
Thanks so much merrittimages. I really appreciate the critique and truly value the opinion of someone as skillful as yourself.
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dmitrysamsonov January 21, 2018
great shot with nice bokeh!
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CarpeDeeM January 21, 2018
Thanks very much dmitrysamsonov. :)
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CarpeDeeM February 15, 2018
Thank you albertwillemduijts.
RamyDelariarte
 
RamyDelariarte May 25, 2018
Awesome
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RamyDelariarte May 25, 2018
Stunning
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CarpeDeeM May 26, 2018
Thanks very much ramyzinch. :)
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amsiso May 25, 2018
Love the lights
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CarpeDeeM May 26, 2018
Thanks so much anamariasiso. Lights are from the sun being filtered through the trees.
amandawoodardperry PRO
 
amandawoodardperry May 28, 2018
I’m in love! He would go perfect with my Siberian Husky; white fur and wicked blue eyes
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CarpeDeeM May 29, 2018
Thanks so much amandawoodardperry. She's a gorgeous girl and who doesn't love blue eyes. :)
BARoland PRO+
 
BARoland August 17, 2018
Absolutely beautiful image! BTW, that's a lovely cremello filly!
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CarpeDeeM August 17, 2018
Thank you BARoland. It's nice to get a compliment from a fellow horse 'man'. BTW, she's looking for an international home. ;)
AnnecolorsBW
 
AnnecolorsBW August 18, 2018
Very beautiful image
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CarpeDeeM August 18, 2018
Thank you AnnecolorsBW. :)

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Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken on our family property in south east Australia. We run horses only, so I have plenty of subjects to choose from.
Time
I was walking back to the homestead from the back paddock after taking some sunset shots in November last year. The horses were grazing quietly with the setting sun falling behind the trees that create a windbreak in their paddock. This photo was taken at 1950 hours. Summer days are long and daylight saving means our evenings are longer than most.
Lighting
I love bokeh and am always looking for ways to capture it in landscapes. I knew that this scene was the perfect opportunity to get some great coloured bokeh lighting with the filly making a strong foreground subject against the dark background.
Equipment
Taken with a Canon 5D with an aperture of 2.8, shutter speed 1/100th and ISO set at 100. Only available lighting was used.
Inspiration
The chance to capture anything of interest or beauty, no matter how large or small, is what compels me to get out with my camera. I've been a nature lover all my life and horses have always been a speciality, but I'm no longer a specialist in anything, preferring now to open my mind to new challenges. Of late I've been trying my hand at portraiture and night photography and am really enjoying learning more about both. I will never turn my back on nature photography though - it is so accessible and it demands nothing more of me than my time.
Editing
I'm not proficient enough at post-processing to do much at all. I used PS Elements to edit this photo and the changes were minimal. It had basic adjustments, like contrast, exposure, highlights, shadows, a little sharpening and a crop and small rotation. That's generally as much as I do with any of my photos.
In my camera bag
I have as much equipment in my bag as I can carry. For this shot, it was just my camera and lens, but if I'm going out to take landscapes I always take two cameras, a selection of lenses and a tripod. I never go anywhere without my tripod. I have several ND filters that I use as well. If I'm shooting horses for clients, I use a monopod instead of a tripod. It's much more manoeuvrable and easier to move in a hurry if I need to.
Feedback
Capturing horses is a joy, but if you're wanting to photograph them well, my advice would be to learn about them. The old rule of knowing your subject certainly applies to horses. The other piece of advice I would offer is to be careful around horses. They are flight animals and can be unpredictable. That said, there are few things more satisfying than capturing a horse on the move. They're exhilarating to watch and just as exciting to capture on camera. For horse owners, the image of their horse is all about getting everything right. With four legs, two ears and two eyes, all of which need to be captured in the right place at the right time, it's not easy to get that perfect shot. In this shot, the filly was transfixed by my presence, which made it very simple, however if she was galloping around the paddock and I wanted to stop her movement, all my camera settings would have to change. For someone wanting to try their hand at horse photography and wanting to practice getting their settings right, I'd recommend trying your skills on dogs. They obviously have four legs, two ears and two eyes and they're even faster than horses, though generally more obedient and predictable. If you can get dogs right, you're halfway to getting to horses right.

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