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November 4, 2011

Two Years and Cancer Free!!

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As of yesterday!

October 28, 2011

Adrienne Then and Now

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About a year ago I had the pleasure of doing a senior shoot for a delightful young lady, with an infectious smile, named Adrienne. This is not strictly equine photography but maybe you will consider it somewhat so. She wanted her senior portraits with her horse that “was a big part of her life”. This was one of my most fun shoots of the year, a break from the routine of horse shows, and, at the risk of repeating myself, Adrienne is just a delightful young lady.

So let’s look at Adrienne Then first.

More recently, Adrienne called me for another shoot. She had gotten a mustang and was competing in the Extreme Mustang Makeover and needed a poster! Read about that shoot Adrienne Now.

February 13, 2011

Central Plains Reining Horse Association Plains Futurity

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One of my favorite shows to photograph, I got to shoot the Central Plains Reining Horse Association (CPRHA) Plains Futurity again in 2010.  I can’t believe that it has been months since I shot this and I am just now blogging about it.  Ok, yes I can.  That’s more proof about how disorganized I am.

But I am finally doing it.  This is one of my favorite shows to shoot for a lot of reasons.  First, I get to see a lot of great horses.  Secondly, and possibly most importantly, I was founder of the CPRHA and involved in the  formation of this show.  And it has grown to one of the biggest reining shows in the county.

I will post a few photos of this show.  All images are shot with a Canon 1DMkII, Canon 70-200 F/4 and the lighting system described.  But I will primarily use this as a discussion of my lighting system for indoor shows.  Go here to read the rest.

November 16, 2010

South Dakota Quarter Horse Association Shoot-Out or Can you say “High ISO”?

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It has been months since I have been there! I can’t believe how fast this summer has gone! In June, I spent 6 days shooting the South Dakota Quarter Horse Association “Shoot Out”! in Brookings, South Dakota. This was, as I understand it, the first 5 judge AQHA show in the United States. Being such you would expect the turn-out for this show to be huge. Lots of AQHA points for the grabbing. And I know the show committee was expecting this. And I also suspect they were hugely disappointed. As was I 😦 The turn out for the show was really dismal.

After we got home my wife and I were having coffee and I was griping about how disappointing the show was financially. She said “But we got to spend the week together and we met some really nice people.” She always has a better outlook on such things than I do! It was a fun week. Tiring, but fun. But now to the topic at hand.

Which is shooting indoor horse shows in low light.  I have promised many of you this post on some of the forums.  I apologize for how long it has taken me to do this.  But now, finally, here it is.  Click here to go to the article.

November 14, 2010

One year and cancer free.

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November 3 was the anniversary of my surgery to cut out my cancer.  A year later and my PSA is still zero (0).  Which, of course, means cancer free!  Just had to celebrate by sharing.

June 9, 2010

Saddle Up Nebraska cover!

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I just got confirmation that my photo was used on the cover of Saddle Up Nebraska.  Saddle Up Nebraska is a monthly magazine published by the University of Nebraska.  I say this in the past tense because they contacted me for permission and I granted it.  I didn’t hear any more until my copy arrived in the mail.  Here is a scan of the cover:

Here is the original photo.  I didn’t look at the metadata in Lightroom so I am going from memory.  But I am sure I shot this with a Canon 5D and a Canon 70-200 mm F/4 Non IS (my workhorse outdoors lens).  Outdoors I would have been at 1/1000 ish shutter speed, ISO of 100-200 and probably f stop in the neighbor hood of 5.6.

This is James Wilkens on his mare Manzana’s Tweak.  This was taken at the Cutting Horse Association of Nebraska show at Jim’s farm in June of 2009.  I, of course, have had other images published but it is fun having one used by the University.  I’m sure they have a ton of photographers there!

I was also contacted by their editor about writing an article about photographing horses which I agreed to do.  (As if I have the time!)  I will keep you posted on that.

May 27, 2010

I’ve got an excuse!

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It has been weeks since I have posted but I have been swamped.  I apologize.  But here are two excuses:

Here is Barb and my brand new grandbabies, Trigg and Torunn.  They are a little over a week old here.  Our son, Brett, and his wife, Janet, presented these to us on May 11!

Since I posted last I shot the two day Elkhorn Equestrian show and I will get some images and comments up soon.  I am off tomorrow to judge the two day National Reining Horse Association show in Mt. Vernon, MO.   So cut me a little slack.

April 21, 2010

CHAN Cutting Elkhorn, NE

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I had the pleasure of shooting the Cutting Horse Association of Nebraska cutting held at Chance Ridge Veterinary Clinic April 3.  It was indoors and so, of course, the lighting was terrible.  It goes without saying, doesn’t it?

And, as it turns out, I was totally unprepared for the curves thrown at me by the first show of the season.  Go read more here.

March 17, 2010

Equipment, Part Deaux: Lenses

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Sorry, I am late on getting this posted.  I hope you saw below the fact that I was traveling.

My Lenses

You are going to hear this until you are sick of it: Lenses are the most important decision you will make in choosing your equipment for shooting horse shows.  This isn’t a truism just for horse shows.  Any pro photog in any discipline is going to tell you this. It doesn’t matter if you are shooting portraits, landscapes or macros, glass is more important than camera. This is not intended to minimize the importance of good equipment.  You must have top gear for photographing horse shows.  But if one is in the situation of deciding between upgrading a body and a better lens, go with the lens.  Every time.   

Go to the complete article.

Passed My NRHA Judges Exam Again!

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Just a short post to tell you about my busy week-end.  Not photography related but certainly horse related.  I got up at 3 AM and drove to Gainesville, Texas, to meet with my good friend, Joe Hayes, at 4 PM.  Joe is a member of the National Reining Horse Association Judges Committee and agreed to review video tapes with me in preparation for my testing on Monday.  Thanks to Joe!

I spent Sunday in my hotel room again reviewing more video tapes.  Then on Monday, yesterday, went to the NRHA office to test.  Well I got the news from NRHA Judges Program Supervisor, Michelle Wrigley this morning that I passed again.  With a score of 88.  Just had to share that I am approved to judge for another two years!

Now back to photography shortly!  I promise the blog on picking lenses in the next day or so.

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