January 20, 2014

Rim Light



I've been trying and trying to capture "on film" what I think is one of the loveliest things in the world: the horses outlined by the late afternoon sun, especially Ella, my sorrel mare. Her warm red coloring and the warm directional lighting are a perfect combination.


After trying for over a week - either it was too cloudy, we weren't home at the right time, the horses thought they were going to get fed so they vacated the hayfield where I wanted them to be, I went out there too late, and one famous episode when my camera battery died - finally one afternoon I hit it right.


They were way out in the corner of the field, a long walk from the gate. I sang as I approached them so they had some warning that I was coming; I didn't want them to spook and run. (Fortunately they aren't music critics, otherwise they still might have spooked and run.)


The sun, low in the sky, outlined the horses with golden light, shining through their long winter hair and creating almost a halo effect. Rim lighting is so beautiful.


Although I haven't yet "nailed" my vision, it was fun and I think the images aren't too bad.


As in everything we do, practice makes perfect. Whether it's canning your homegrown vegetables, riding a horse, making bread, milking a goat, tying knots, building a fire, quilting or knitting or taking photographs, we might start by reading about it, but it's the "doing" that makes it second nature. Experience is our best teacher. Get out there and practice; do it over and over.


I'll keep trying, because Ella's eyelashes and whiskers backlit by the sun are simply phenomenal.



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24 comments:

  1. You DID get it right! So beautifully captured. :-) I love that sort of light with my goats too. :-)

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  2. Aw, thank you! My goat pen is in shadow by that time of day so I hadn't noticed it; I'm glad you pointed it out.

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  3. Great job...some fair photos in the making.

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  4. Thank you, Michelle. I missed your photos at our last county fair.

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  5. Absolutely gorgeous. Definitely makes me miss having horses. I think you've captured them BEAUTIFULLY :)

    Erin
    http://yellowbirchhobbyfarm.blogspot.com

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  6. Thank you, Erin; everything just worked out for good photos!

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  7. Beautiful!! You did a great job!
    I'll never forget the first time I caught that light on camera! It was so amazing to me!

    http://www.countrymousetales.com/2011/11/magic-hour.html

    ^^You dont have to check that or anything - I just love looking at other people's pictures so I like to "chat" about them!

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  8. Of course I checked it out. :-) Beautiful shots!

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  9. What gorgeous creatures horses are, and even better with the light just so. Great job!

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  10. Your photos took me away for a minute. I could just imagine being inn a peaceful field with your horses! Just beautiful!

    allamericanmary.blogspot.com

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  11. Your photos and your horses are just beautiful!!! You did a wonderful job!!! Stopping by from Tilly's Nest, have a wonderful day! :)

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  12. I do love the days when I can follow the horses around with my camera; it doesn't happen often enough. It was very peaceful except for the brisk wind!

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  13. Thank you for stopping by, Amanda!

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  14. Wow, beautiful horsey pictures!

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  15. They are absolutely gorgeous horses and photos ~ a treasure of beauty ~ thanks,

    carol, xxx

    www.acreativeharbor.com

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  16. Kathi,
    Looks like you got some neat horse shots. It's fun when you have beautiful and willing subjects.

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  17. Such amazing pictures of beautiful animals...

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  18. Beautiful pictures, they make me want to be a better photographer :-)

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  19. I beg to differ! I think you DID nail it! Beautiful captures and horses... you are a lucky girl!

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  20. Your photos turned out amazing! Great job. Also a great idea. I wish I had a photo of my Johnny like that. Your hard work paid off. I hope you show your photos!

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  21. Thx for sharing on Simple Life Sunday. These pics are beautiful. I especially like the 1st and 3rd. I, too, enjoy trying to capture images at low lighting. My best flower closeups are in early morning light.

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  22. Janet, those two photos are my favorites of this group too. I'd love to see your early morning flower photos, I bet they are beautiful.

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  23. This is marvelously! I am honored that you shared at Home and Garden Thursday!
    Kathy

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