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Keeneland -Vintage look

Though I would put up a few photo’s that were taken at Keeneland during the morning workouts. Photo’s were turned into B&W and then color layered back on to it. 

Morning worlouts at Keeneland

B&W with color layered back into it


July 28, 2011 Posted by | Horse, Photography | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Kentucky’s free-roaming horses

Large group found on ridge top

These are a few more followup shots of our trip to eastern Ky. to see the free-roaming horses. The first photo was taken on an open area on one of the higher ridges. This group totaled about 50-55 horses with 4-5 mules mixed in and had 3-4 foals. The dominate female was a large ( 16+ hands) pinto mare which we had seen several times last year.  The mules appeared to be freshly turned loose, either that or someone decided to cut their manes ( I pulled a few manes last year to get the burr’s out).  Mules are always good for a laugh or two and these did not disappoint.

Something was funny

Pointed up= Attention, Point forward=watch out, Pointed sideways= Mules

July 20, 2011 Posted by | Horse, Photography | , , , , | Leave a comment

Kentucky’s free roaming horses

It has been six months since my last trip into eastern Ky. looking for the free roaming / wild horses that live on a 20-30 square mile area of deserted strip mines.  Three of my grandchildren and I arrived at the highest point in the area, which is off Ky 1098, a 75% paved 25% gravel road. The area is laced with hundreds of miles of dirt roads that are slow going without a four-wheeler. We spotted the first bunch running through a valley that lay below us and watched as they made their way towards a dirt road. We found them feeding along side the road ( see first photo).


 We had moved about five miles from the first group and found a small herd of about 15-20 feeding along the edge of a field that was bordered by a forested area. Each group we found had 2-3 foals in them which looked to be 4-10 weeks old and very sly. This foals mother would come right up to us, but the foal remained back, never coming closer that 15-20 feet. We found a total of 200-225 horse this trip of the 600+ that roam this area. I’ll try and post some more picture this week.

Young foal hiding behind mother

July 19, 2011 Posted by | Horse, Photography | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Minimalist Photography

I have found when I am looking at art I’m drawn to the Minimalist look a lot of the time. Seen mostly in paintings and occasionally in photography, the Minimalist look as I understand it is to strip the art or photograph down to its essential components. Simply, anything that is not needed is removed. Well it sounds simple in principle, but seems for me it is going to take some time to work out what can go and what needs to stay.  I see in my mind when I look through the lens what I want the photo to look like, then reality sets in when I see the photo…… So I decided to look at some of my photos that didn’t stand up to what I had in mind when they were shot and try removing the unwanted after the fact,  opposite to the way most minimalist photos are created.  This first picture was taken in Amsterdam’s at the cobra Art Museum. I was drawn to the interior design of the building and took several photos that showed the curves and angles, but none lived up to what I had in mind. I began by turning it into a black & white and then started cutting…. this seem to be close to what I remembered. With the second photo, there were distractions in the background, so I began there and then removed the parts of the horse that I felt where not needed….  How much can you cut? I am still trying to figure that out… Seems to be different with each photo and what the mind will accept. 

Cobra Art Museum- Amsterdam


Horse - Keeneland



July 14, 2011 Posted by | Photography | , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Daylilies – Photography

The daylilies seem to be doing great even though the hard rains have hurt everything else.

Daylily from the Arboretum


Nice daylily at Arboretum

July 12, 2011 Posted by | Flower, Photography | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Heavy dew on flowers – Photography

I arrived at the Arboretum at 6am just before the sunrise and found heavy dew covering the flowers. The resent storms had not helped the roses, but I found a few nice flowers in the upper section that looked nice. Most of the time I use a 70-200L with extension for closeups of flowers, but today I decided to try an extension on a 17-40L and found that it worked good. It seemed to give me more dept of field, but required me to get very close. (2-4 inch)

Heavy dew on cone flower



July 11, 2011 Posted by | Flower, Photography | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Wild Flower – Photography

While looking at the weed patch behind the garage, trying to decide if I want to clean it out, I ran across these small flowers. I’m not sure if they are a wild flower or weed, or maybe a combination of both, but I thought they were pretty enough to get the camera out and maybe leave the weed patch to grow. 🙂  They are not much larger than a dime, but viewed up close remind me of dayliles.

Found hiding in the weed patch


Small flower about the size of a dime


Small blue flower

July 10, 2011 Posted by | Flower, Photography | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment