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Hanover Shoe Farms

This is the largest Standardbred racehorse breeding farm in the world and it is only a few miles from where I live. The Standardbred is a horse breed best known for its ability in harness racing at a trot or pace.  We chose this time of the year to visit so that we could see the new foals.  The ones in the barn were recently born, I believe, the night before.

Some men from Homewood visited the farm and I used the opportunity to try some B&W images with my Leica X2.  It was an ideal chance to try it in both low light and in extreme contrasts while inside the barns.  Needless to say, I really liked the way the camera performed and I am looking forward to doing more and more of my photography with this camera.

Promising, but

210930-094744-untitled shoot Images like this one are doable now, but not for long as the weather gets colder.

The advantages for me in making images like this are:

  1. My local viewers tend to like them.
  2. They keep me occupied with processing them.
  3. And, I can make them with only my pocket Olympus TG-6 camera.

The biggest issue I have with making these images is that I get tired of them.  I like to experience changes.  I like to learn what is going on and how to surmount the changing environment.

I also like to photograph a dynamic happening and I like to photograph life experiences in dealing with change.

I like to be the “fly on the wall” observing all that is going on around me and photographing it in a discreet manner with a small camera.  And I like to do it in B&W such as in an older post of mine made at the Hanover Shoe Farms.  Now I need to find something different, but hopefully also with small cameras.


I often try to take pictures that are backlit.  I have found that if I try to take them under conditions of mixed lighting, as these, that it is hard to recover shadows or even over exposed areas with mixed white balance.  Since I had an extreme case with the above horse picture, it was difficult to retain the details of the horse.  In addition, a bare lightbulb above and to the horse’s rear created some unpleasant color effects.  In processing the raw image I found that this was an excellent situation to display the image in monochrome.  I liked it so much better that I processed all the images as monochrome (some shown in previous post).

I am viewing these monochrome images for a while to see how they “grow” on me.  I might show some of them as well as other images from the horse farm in color in a later post.