You know, it's opportunities like this that makes waking up in the middle of the night and hitting the road when it's cold and still pitch black out worth it. Tough to beat this view of four studs all looking into the distance during an early morning sunrise .
Another recent picture from Fleetwood Farms, two of Ryan's stallions in their pasture, taken at sunrise.
One of my most recent pictures taken at Fleetwood Farms in Ryan's stallion herd.
Here is my most recent Wild Horse trip. It turned out to be a muddy one with the big storm coming in very quickly and it's too bad that I was unable to stick around in the big open field with the lighting happening, but it was still some pretty decent environments for me to work in. A couple of the herds I recognized from last December.
I am getting closer to seeing those moments of stallions going at it, herds running, playing - I can just feel it. There were a couple occasions where I thought that this was it, it was going to happen but it didn't - very close though! All in all, as always I just love going on these trips. They can be exhausting with long days and lots of travel but they are always worth it.
Thank you to Jo App for taking some videos, you did great and hopefully you enjoyed learning from me.
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I was very lucky to cross paths with at least 4 herds in a large field this past weekend. A couple of the herds I recall from last December with one being the blue roans. Altogether, there were at least 40 horses and 15 foals.
Just wait until you see some of the pictures that I got of these guy's especially a couple of the foals. Yes Wild Horse babies are slowly being added to my works, though it's really only two since just about all of the foals (and horses for that matter) were in the very back and it wasn't a good spot for me to travel to, nor was it a good location for pictures.
Thanks Jo AP for taking some video to show these guys. There is no sound, the birds weren't really out on this day and all you would hear is cars and heavy machinery passing by on the gravel road.
One thing I don't do very often is take pictures with my phone, this one is off my phone from last night. I love storms for photo opportunities and had to pay the price and get pelted with hail to capture this. I got struck right in the eye with a hail ball that stunned me but I was okay.
I was very fortunate to escape this bad storm. I've never seen rain come down so hard and the roads were just a mud slide. I would have loved to continue working in it with the wildies but it was too dangerous.
This kind of weather with wildies was a real sight to see, especially since the last bunch I crossed paths with were 4 or 5 bands for a total of 45+ horses in one big open field.
It's just too bad that a helicopter was out circling all of them the entire time I was out there.
With what looks to be rain season here in Alberta, I am looking forward to taking advantage of it by continuing on with more of this from last December. I can't believe it's already been 6 months since I captured this. This picture was taken on a day of wet snow and rain, it was very windy and cold.
"Bad Weather Makes Wonderful Photographs".
Yes you heard that right. One of the biggest misconceptions is that bad weather makes for terrible pictures. In my opinion, there is no bad or good weather for shooting photographs, as each type of weather has got its own beauty. By working in not so favorable weather, you have the opportunity to tell stories that wouldn't be available to you on bright sunny days. Bring in thunder and lightning and you can reach another level of storytelling.
You can dramatically alter the message and heaviness of your images by simply working in not so enjoyable weather conditions. We shall see what I find.