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.
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:
- My local viewers tend to like them.
- They keep me occupied with processing them.
- 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.