Last spring, Carien Schippers, who runs the Equine Photographer’s Network, asked if I would be interested in leading a workshop in Lexington, Kentucky in the fall. It took me about 2 seconds to decide. 😉
I love Kentucky. I was in tears getting off the plane and seeing the culture of horses everywhere – and that was just the airport! Imagine how my heart sung as we drove past scenic farm after scenic farm, pastures filled with beautiful thoroughbred horses! I’m finding it hard to come up with words to explain how much joy I felt being in this place. I vaguely remember a family trip to Lexington when I was young. What I do remember is marveling at all the beautiful horses as we toured the Kentucky Horse Park and dreaming about owning my own horse someday. And now, as an adult who has owned and loved her own horse for years, to be back in this city, camera in hand, with the privilege of photographing horses and teaching others how to as well – I had to pinch myself. Was this for real?
I hate to complain about the weather – and Carien told us we couldn’t anyway – but this fall was not the best for photography. The first day of the workshop consisted of touring area farms. It was raining, it was overcast, and it was difficult to get excited about photography. But I’m learning that I can’t wait for perfect weather to create beautiful imagery. I need to learn to work in all kinds of light and make the most of it. What I found is that this kind of weather and light allows me to create images with rich color or rich tones in my black and white conversions.
Here are a few images from day one. I shot for four days, and will be sharing these images in a four-part series.
This horse was on a water treadmill.
This is Fusaichi Pegasus, the 2000 Kentucky Derby winner. He was quite full of himself. But I guess he has some justification for that. 😉
I thought this looked like a scene from a movie. This whole area was a complete feast for the eyes.
This is Bob and John. He was a big show-off too!
I wish I could remember all their names!
Photographer Debra Jamroz, getting a great angle for photographing the foals!
Check back tomorrow for part 2!