More streaming clouds

In the last batch of “streaming cloud” images the everyone seemed to prefer the B&W versions to the color versions and I tend to agree.  I have found since most of these images are taken mid-day, unless there is a strong color foreground element, the B&W’s work better...

This time when I converted them I found in this first image, the color image evoked a more calming and soothing feeling then the B&W conversion, which is more ominous. What do you think?

Here are those images and several others. I am showing both the color versions and the B&W’s so you can think about how this may apply to your own images.

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Good Streaking Clouds

Whenever we get good puffy clouds here in Sacramento, I try to get down to the river and do some long exposures. We had good clouds on Friday.

I processed both image in color and in Black and White. On image #1, I prefer the black and white, but on image #2, I am not sure which I like better.  Which do you prefer?

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“Every Horse Deserves To Be Loved By A Little Girl At Least Once In Their Life” unknown

I actually think the above quote goes both ways,  “Every girl deserves to be loved by a horse at least once in their life.”  Because with these two, I can see the bond goes both ways.

I have had more time to do a few more conversions of my images of Tori and Renegade. These were made on my fourth and final session of the horses on the beach during the Florida’s Birding and Photo Fest...

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The Elusive Motion Blur

In the past two years I have taken around 18,000 images of horses on the beach, keeping over 13,000...But the one image that has eluded has been a really successful motion blur image.

I have tried a variety of techniques to get the image I am envisioning, but so far I have not been able to capture it in camera.  What I really want is an image where the background is a total blur of streaking colors, created by my panning motion, and the horse and rider are somewhat sharp and realistic looking. I have tried shutter speeds ranging from ¼ sec to 1/60 sec but none give that effect ...  Today I will post some examples taken between a 1/15th and 1/60th sec. 

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True Love

It is really something to see the special bond with a person and an animal, especially the bond between a girl and her horse. Tori and Renegade are the perfect example of “True Love.” Once again I had the privilege of witnessing that bond and capturing it to share with others. Thanks again Tori!...Here are five images, let me know which is your favorite.

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They have birds too!

Did I mention that there are birds to photograph at the Florida Birding and Photo Fest as well! ...

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Cowgirl Portraits

Today I thought I would post a few of the portraits or more intimate images of the riders and their horses. This is my second year photographing the same model/riders and it has been fun getting to know them and watching the young girls grow up...

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Scouting Trip

This morning I went on a scouting trip, looking for an area to do a sunrise shoot if I get invited back to the Florida Birding and Photo Fest.The director of the program Erin Masters told me about a location about a few miles south of the beach where they do the horse shoots. I took off at 5:30 am in total darkness and arrived at the location a few minutes after 6. The light was just starting to appear on the eastern horizon...

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I try real hard to get starbursts in my backlit images, whether they be landscapes or horses on the beach. It is really not that difficult to do with landscapes, just set the lens to a small aperture and aim into the sun...It gets a little trickier with horses running on the beach, because I have no control over the position of my subject...

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Horses on the Beach - Day 1

I took over 3000 images this morning!  Even I didn’t have the patience to look at them all.  After the first 2000 I was getting bleary eyed.  So in the grid mode of Lightroom I picked out several that I wanted to share...

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