The story behind my black and white photos of wild horses.
Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer. Early morning. Firstly, I went to bed as early as possible; I wanted to photograph the horses at sunrise. Next morning I arrived at the location around 5:30 am or so. Above all, I had hoped for a brilliant sunrise; instead, the light was poor, and the overall atmosphere was gloomy.
The horses plunged into the water one by one and began marching like soldiers in formation. I wanted to capture the ninety-degree bend in the horse’s legs as they raised them while running. The water level was too high, making it an exceedingly difficult task for them as a result. No matter how high the horses lifted their legs, I could not get what I was aiming for.
I was frustrated with the conditions and was ready to call it a day consequently. Then I realized I was so fortunate to be there, I let go of my original idea and opted to stay in the moment. The result was this photograph. I captured something different than what I had planned. In conclusion, if you keep an open mind and stay in the moment, the result may exceed your expectations.
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How to create black and white horse photography – tips and techniques.
Equine photography is no magic trick and everyone can take a decent horse picture. But the key to taking really good photographs is to spend time understanding your subject’s behavior.
All animals get a very good sense of our energy, so if we are not comfortable or are scared around them, they will pick up on this and react the same way.
Treat the horse as you would a close friend – be friendly, make it comfortable around your camera equipment before you start to take photographs.
Hold the camera and lens in your hands, press the shutter button a few times to get the horse familiar with the sound. If it looks like it doesn’t like the sound, start from far. Let it get used to the sound and then approach it slowly.
When I started horse photography, I was doing it for fun and pleasure. I traveled to the south of France Camargue, Beaufort, and Wyoming 5 to 8 times a year to take horse pictures. I spent more time understanding the horse’s behavior. The more I learned about the horse, the better my photographs got. Combine these tips with a bit of patience, and you will be amazed by the equine photography you achieve. Remember – if horse photography is your goal, then it’s your job to make your subject very comfortable. I cannot overemphasize the importance of patience – you cannot get great photographs of a horse in one sitting. The more time you spend with it, the more friendly it gets with you. And once the horse lets you into its world, magic happens.
Prints come in the following sizes:
- 8” X 12”
- 17.5” X 26.25”
- 23.5” X 35.25”
- 35.5” X 53.25”
- 43.5” X 65.25”
Finishing options include:
- White Frame
- Black Frame