There is a secret to photography, and I do not know what it is. I suspect it is very expensive camera equipment.
Well, with horses, the secret always seems to be something expensive.
Anyway, we wanted to take a decent picture of Final Call to put on Equinenow.com. So far, we have tried once or twice a week since January to get a decent picture of Final Call that might show off his physique. And we’ve, generally speaking, failed. Part of it is that our farm sits between four other farms, none of which are particularly picturesque. So every picture has some sort of dilapidated structure in it. I can’t help that. It’s a question of geography. And not having PhotoShop.
So, in the midst of taking these pictures (with the sun promptly going behind clouds, to minimize any sort of healthy sheen that his coat might display) the neighbor seemed to be mowing and Final Call would not prick his ears forward. And as we all know, no one will ever buy a horse based upon a photo in which his ears are tilted in any direction but forward. Horse buyers prefer a look of astonishment and bewildered disconcertedness on their potential purchases.
The result being that I lost my patience and threw my Western Pride ballcap up in the air to get his attention. I did not get his attention. But we got kind of a fun picture.
I really hate taking pictures of horses – possibly as much as Cory hates me asking him to take pictures of horses and then leaning out of the saddle and making him click through the review, critiquing each and every photo, and then demanding newer, better ones – as if something will suddenly change and the camera, the lighting, and the setting will magically begin to frame the subject perfectly.
I hate selling horses just as much, but that’s a whole other gripe, a whole other post.
Thoroughbreds, unsurprisingly, look at their best in true action shots. Galloping. My best pictures of Final Call are all of him galloping. Unfortunately, the world seems to want pictures of trotting (please, anyone can TROT) and conformation shots of horses with looks of extreme surprise on their face. Well, you can’t argue with the world. Here is Final Call looking astonished.
I hope it’s everything you wanted it to be, equestrian markets of the world. I’m going riding.