Another Fast Eight

We have another nice mix of photographic subjects and photographers today. It is awe-inspiring to watch today’s talent produce artful and thoughtful pictures.

As is always the case, the images are shown at whatever size I find them.

I’ve written many times on these pages about my time with horses. Over 20 years of my life was spent enjoying the company of our equine friends. On at least two occasions I have shown you images of wild horses (from other photographers) on these pages. This is the first domestic horse photo I have shown. The story and the great photo below originates from Facebook friend Dona Tracy.

FOR COSMO – An American Quarter Horse bred for Cutting, an equine sport that originated in the American West. He has a genetic illness that doesn’t allow him to be ridden but his “cow sense”, intelligence, beauty, agility, smarts and skills are all there. I love to watch him cut cows, all on his own. No rider necessary.  A very cool horse!

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I should have pursued finding a larger version of Dona’s picture. This is an fascinating image with interesting light and a great pose by Cosmo. It appears to be a wide angle shot from up very close. Those cattle are closer to Cosmo than they appear.

Cars are not a normal subject on these pages but I enjoyed this carefully composed picture of a beautiful red hotrod by Darryl Brooks

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This greatly detailed black and white desert images is excellent. I enjoy the footprints in the sand that Klaus Priebe captured.

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There’s power in those beams. This Michele McCain landscape was created in the beautiful Palouse farm country of Washington State.

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This is a another powerful landscape and it is as close to perfection as any photographer can hope for. Me thinks that’s no accident. This picture is captioned The Painted Hills which I believe are in Oregon.  Gary Weathers is the artist.

Once again we see the artistic value of shadows in photography.

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When I first viewed this great abstract from Michael Huber, I thought I was looking at group of trees in a forest. I read the caption and this is in fact pier pilings and surf from California. Michael has what we used to call a “good eye” He may even have two good eyes.

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This Nathaniel Smalley image of a Black-throated Blue Warbler has the look and feel of a painting. A great job by Nathaniel!

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I could not make this post without yet another image by wildlife photographer Charles Glazer. How many top pros do you know that never stop experimenting and taking photographic risks? Charles has been playing with long exposures and sometimes multiple exposures with wildlife. Not motion blurred animals, but sharp subjects with motion blurred backgrounds. He has been doing some great work with wild Minnesota Pelicans. Some images have as many as five Pelicans but I love the composition of this single pelican and blurred water. He took the bird way off-center and balanced it with the water and rock. Notice how the bird looks to our left and that is the direction that the water is traveling. A comfortable composition to look at, yet his primary subject is almost out of the frame on the right. Well done!!

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I hope the fantastic images I have been sharing with you have been educational if not inspiring. Remember, you can learn from photographs when you examine them thoughtfully.  You do not need info from the photographer about exposure, lens, tripod etc.

Have a special day and God Bless,                                                                                             Wayne

 

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