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Kentucky’s free roaming horses – Photography

This photo is a composite of two photograph’s taken on a trip to eastern Ky.

Kentucky's free-roaming horses


December 18, 2011 Posted by | Horse, Photography, Travel | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Paris in November #4 – Photography

River Seine - taken from the right bank


Along the river - Left bank


December 7, 2011 Posted by | Photography, Travel | , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Paris in November #3 – Photography

 The first photo is a door (detail) that we found in the Latin Quarter close to the Sorbonne. The second photo was taken on the walking bridge over the Seine, couple’s have started hanging locks onto the chain fencing along the side. They write or engrave thier names and initials onto the locks and then secure them to the fencing, hopefully to remain forever. The third photo was taken along the seine below the Tuileries garden.

Door in the Latin Quarter


Lover's locks hang over the Seine


Along the river Seine


December 6, 2011 Posted by | Photography, Travel | , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Creating the Vintage look in photography

  I have been ask  how I go about getting the vintage look I use in the horse photo’s, so I decided to put together a photo board showing the steps I use.   First off if I am photographing a race horse in training, I will shoot 3-4 shots as they run pass. I get what looks like a film strip of shots to choose from.

Four shots as horse passes

 Then I will choose one photo to work with ……

Sharpest of the four

 Turn this one into black and white………

Black and White copy

 Now I add a small amount of color back into the photo and soften it….

Selective color added back into shot

Now I begin adding texture on to the photo. This step takes the longest time and I will normally go through and change the photo many times before I feel good about it. Does it make a photo better? I don’t think it is better, just different.

Final shot with color and texture added.

August 7, 2011 Posted by | Horse, Photography | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Emotions – Photography

Rose - Lexington Arboretum _ Vintage treatment

 If you like photography as I do, then you have probably visited the  many websites that cater to professional photographer’s. On these sites it is normal to upload a photograph and then set back and watch the critiques roll in. Some sites have a rating systems that allows other photographer’s the chance to rate your photo by placing a numerical value on it, sort of like the old 1-10 thing. Looking at a photograph, then reading the critiques and ratings that follow has let me to believe that there are two main types of photographer’s.  Both bring a different perspective to the table  The first tries to record the event and adding nothing of themself, while the other type I believe is not just  freezing a two-dimensional slice in time and solely recording the event but also trying to stir an emotion inside the viewer. During my thirty years of doing Art shows I have heard “What where you thinking (or feeling) when you made this?”  thousand’s of times. I guess at times I’m a little slow on the uptake, but I have come to believe that for me, it’s “what do you the viewer feel” that should be more important.  As we go through our day we are manipulated by what we  see, which controls how we feel and ultimately determines what kind of day we have, good or bad.. We have the last say in what we see and which direction it will take our emotions. I have moved up in years and for me photography is now about feeling good. I want the viewer to see a small slice of my life, while having a good feeling about  it and hopefully about their own. I have watched my Grandchildren doing artwork and realized that they are telling me volumes about themselves.  Like the old saying  “A window to your soul” I feel that photography can tell you not only about the person behind the camera, but also about the viewer.

March 1, 2011 Posted by | Flower, Photography | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment