2014’s Fair Line Up and Final Results

I was just looking back through old blog posts about my previous county fair entries, and I realized that although I talk about whether or not any of them got ribbons, or whether or not I was happy or disappointed, I don’t actually have posts that show what photos were entered.

So, here’s a new tradition!  Here are the photos I entered into fairs, and the final results of them, complete with my comments and thoughts on them.

 

leavessm  1st place at County Fair.  I was shocked with this 1st place win, because I really just sort of “threw” this image into the bunch for no reason.  It’s nice, but I did not think it was anything special.  Funny how the ones I am so sure about it did not place at all, and then something I randomly tossed in there ended up coming home with the blue.

It did not win at the Wisconsin State Fair.

heron  1st place at County Fair.  This is another one of those I-can’t-believe-it-won images.  The 8 x 10 print of this is not a good image.  In fact, once I saw the final print, and mounted it and brought it to the fair office for entry, I actually felt a little “sick” over entering it.  It’s a great moment of a beautiful bird, but the image was taken from such a distance, it is grainy and dark.  I was over 100 feet from this bird when I took the image with a lens not meant to cover that kind of ground.  I actually felt that this was my 2nd worst image of the lot, and yet, it ended up bringing home the blue from the County Fair I entered it in.  Amazing.

It did not win at the Wisconsin State Fair

lion  2nd place, County Fair.  This image won 2nd place at the County Fair.  It did not get a placing at Wisconsin State.

hawkmoth  2nd place, County Fair.  No placing at Wisconsin State.

wasabi 3rd place County Fair.  No placing Wisconsin State.

bridge2small 3rd place County Fair.  No placing Wisconsin State, and no placing Illinois State.   We were only allowed 1 entry to Illinois State, and this was the image I chose.

Luke2014Janfsmall  1st place, Wisconsin State Fair. Here is an image that I just thought was so cool and fun.  Luke and Chewie had so much fun playing in the deep snow over this winter.  I love the “dance” they are doing here and the flying mane and the colors.  This image won 1st in “horses” and when I went to the Wisconsin State Fair for the first time just to check out the photo entries, I could not believe the humbling quality of the “amateurs” that submitted photos.  The images at the Wis. State Fair were truly unbelievable and “amateur” got a whole new meaning for me that day.  I realized that not only do I need to “up my game” and get better at my images in general, but I also need to be more selective about what images I send in to the State Fairs, and I realized most of all, that I was incredibly incredibly lucky to end up with a blue ribbon against the quality of the amateur entries.  It was a very humbling experience to say the least.

Surprisingly, this image did not get a placing at the County Fair, and as I mentioned before about how I have questions about the judging decisions from the county fair, this was definitely one of those images.  It was a lucky shot at a great moment and came out well.  The judge’s choices of winners in “horses” for the County Fair really left me scratching my head.

beetle1 4th place, Wisconsin State Fair.  I really love this image.  I saved this little guy from Chewie & Luke’s water trough, and then remembered I had my camera with all new macro magnifying attachments in the truck, so I ran over and took this little guy with me.  I put him on the hitching rail and did a little “beetle wrangling” as I tried to position him just right for a good, sharp, and well magnified photo.  I was very happy with the results, and very thrilled with the 4th place ribbon.

The nice thing about entering classes like these at fairs, is that you get prize money.  I won enough at both fairs to cover my entry fees.  I also showed Jesse at the County Fair and won a 3rd and 4th place, with enough prize money between those to pay my entry and have a little extra left over.  Other than the cost of printing over 30 images, the cost of the foam core to mount them and shipping  as applicable, I basically entered for free.  Now I have 30 prints that I don’t know what to do with, so I think I am going to try to sell them.

 

The images below are all ones I entered to both the County Fair and the Wisconsin State Fair.  They did not receive any placings at either.

Flower1smalljpg I was extremely surprised by this image not receiving anything.  I was also disappointed with the quality of the print of it.  When I received the 8 x10, both copies had a “blob” on one of the petals that just isn’t in the digital version.  I was very unhappy and did not have time to deal with getting them redone.
When I posted this image on a group of professionals and experienced amateurs, this photo was raved about.  It is so far my 2nd highest “liked” photo I’ve ever posted on FB.  I really anticipated that it would produce a ribbon at the fair.  I wonder if the “blob” printing error had anything to do with it?  Or maybe it just isn’t that good of a photo…..

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Both of the above were from our vacation to Door County Wisconsin. It was cloudy that day. These images are flat and not the way I had hoped they would come out (I was hoping for sun!), but I thought I would enter them to try something different.  No placings.

The same with all the photos below, nothing received a placing.  Kind of a bummer, but it served as a definite learning experience….  2015’s fair plan is definitely to be more discriminate about what I enter…. and take better photos between now and then of course!  :)

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Have a great day!

 

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Another Wildlife Photoshoot

The weather took a bit of  a turn and our warm summer quickly disappeared.  Amazingly enough, the temperatures dropped into the 60’s and Monday and half of Tuesday were full of rain.  … well at least that got me out of watering the garden ;)

I opted to give the boys Tuesday night off work and instead take photos.  The arena was too wet anyway and of course, the muddy goofballs were quite happy to run and play.

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I did not take any photos of the minis on this particular evening.  They just stood around at the gate to their paddock with a wishful look for cookies from me.  Not very interesting photographs, and getting them to run is way toooo challenging. I practically need 1 person in every corner and someone in the middle, too, to make them run.  lol!

So, after a little play time and down time with the boys, I ventured out to take photos of local wildlife.  I specifically went in search of hawks, but found none.  Before I even left the barn, I saw this butterfly flittering around.  I do love Monarchs.

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The rest of my barn-area photographic adventure did not yield much.  I got a photo of a Monarch caterpillar, which I took with completely the wrong lens, of course, since I had my super long lens on to shoot birds.  I did manage to spook up a Great Blue Heron and a deer that were together down in a gulley where the stream runs along the horse trails, but I did not get any decent photos of them, save for the heron flying away.

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… actually that heron photo really isn’t that bad.  at least he was at the right distance from the lens to be sharp.  lol!  just kind of wish he was facing the other way.

So, after walking nearly a mile around the trail at the barn, I headed off to a local park where there is usually at least *something* to be found to photograph.  This particular night “something” would be an understatement.

This lovely egret was sitting just off the shore, barely 40 feet from me, and he stood for a good long while.  I must have taken 50 photos of it.  No, I will not post them all, lol!  Here are a couple of my favorites.

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Then I went from Great Blue Herons and Great White Egrets to something totally new for me!  Green herons!
I’ve never seen one live in person before, but I knew what it was because I had seen other people’s pictures of them.
Amazingly, there were green herons everywhere on this night… So I went from having never seen one before, to having a plethora of birds to photograph.  And even better, many of them were just happy to sit yards from the shoreline and not move, so I was able to get really nice images!

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I have way too many green heron photos than I want to post here, so these were a couple of them that I really liked.   I am loving this 500mm lens for sure!

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That is a muskrat.  It was on an opposite shore line about 40 feet from me.  Somehow I managed to spook it, and as it retreated, it went for a swim, so I was able to snap a photo of it.  I have never really seen a muskrat live and in person either, and only had a few seconds to photograph it.  It was also in heavy shadows, so it was a bit of a challenge getting a decent shot.

Also in heavy shadows was this little dude….

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I do not normally strive to photograph common critters at all, but he was so cute up in the tree munching on his acorn, I just had to take the shot.  Notice, in the right picture (blow it up by clicking on it), I even got his little front teeth.  Aw!  Cute!
have a great day!  More updates soon.

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Another Fair and More Photos

I can barely believe it’s the middle of August already.  I feel like time has just gotten away from me.  Oddly, although I’ve hit nearly every single “goal” of mine for the year so far, I still feel concerningly unsatisfied about how this year has turned out.  I’m not really sure why.

Perhaps it’s just because some of my goals did not pan out the way I hoped or anticipated, and the weight of how wrong I was in some of the decisions I’ve made just holds me down.  Some of the issues I’ve encountered this year will put a huge hold on progress next year, so I think yet again, my hopes of getting to horse shows or just hauling out to the many parks nearby are out the window again for 2015.  It is very disappointing, but it’s also a truth in my life, that the things I truly want the most are those that just dangle just out of my reach, and no matter what I do to try to get closer, I just never can.

But, we press on, don’t we?  2014 isn’t over yet, and there are still some major plans in the works that I am very excited about.

In the mean time, this past weekend, I went to the Wisconsin State Fair and checked out the photo entries, to see if any of mine were awarded any ribbons.  This was the first State Fair I have ever entered.  I’ve entered only 2 of the local county fairs over the past several years, so that’s pretty much been my fair-entering photography experience.

I have to say, I learned some very huge lessons about State Fair “amateurs”!  Suffice to say, if I enter the Wi. State Fair next year (and I do plan to), I really need to up my game… perhaps send in less, better, entries instead of the variety pack of quasi-questionable entries like I did this year.  WOW, the winning photos there are amazing.  “Amateur” suddenly took on a whole new meaning after this weekend, and I mean a whole.new.meaning.   I did not really take photos (photos of photos, lol!) of the entries there to share, but suffice to say, some of the images were simply some of the best photographs I’ve ever seen.  Outstanding work… and a really eye opening experience for me!  Glad I expanded my horizons this weekend!!!!

That being said,  out of 15 entries, 2 of mine actually did receive ribbons – amazingly!  I was awarded a 4th place photo for a beetle I took with my new magnification lens attachment.  I had found the beetle floating for its life in Chewie & Luke’s trough, saved it and happened to take it’s photo, and let it waddle away in the grass after that.  That beetle earned me a 4th place ribbon at a State Fair, who would have known  ;)

And, Luke has many many many 1st place ribbons from all his years horse showing (which due to lack of transport capabilities, he’s essentially retired from).  Chewie has some ribbons, too…  And now, I can say Chewie & Luke have won at State.  lol!  A photo I took of hooligan 1 and hooligan 2 playing out in the snow won 1st place in horses!  Yay!

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^ 1st place winner at Wisconsin State Fair.   I think I should rename this photo The Dancing Hooligans.  lol!!

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^ my 4th place beetle.  I’m so glad I saved his life :)

And this past weekend in addition to going to the State Fair and driving Luke, Chewie, and Jesse, I also got out and did some practice.  I missed all the 4th of July fireworks, but luckily, a local town had a festival this past weekend and put on a large fireworks show.  I spent most of the show changing settings on my camera and trying to manually focus.  Yea – that was challenging!  Anyway, I got a few that I really was happy with … and they will probably end up as entries in fairs next year :)

I do not know the result of the Illinois State Fair, nor will I until I get my photo back (just 1 entry).  Given the quality of photos at Wisconsin, and the fact that my entry for the Illinois State fair did not place at all in Wisconsin, and just managed to get a 3rd at a county fair, I do not expect it to receive an award at Illinois.

 

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and also at the same time as the fireworks show, the supermoon rose over head, and I put my 500mm lens to the best use since I purchased it on July 4th!  I love this lens, it’s definitely making good use as a wildlife lens once I get a little more comfortable with it!  I’m really happy with the moon photo.

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The next thing I am looking to try is a photographic style called High Dynamic Range (HDR).  I tried shooting an HDR of the moon, but probably something new at 9:30 at night by the light of a cell phone wasn’t the best idea.  I did not set the camera up correctly, so HDR attempt 1 was a failure.
Fortunately, there are other supermoons this year, and another blood moon eclipse as well, and of course, I can take an HDR photo of any other nature scene.  I’m also going to attempt HDR of my husband’s truck in the next month or so.

 

Well, till next time!

 

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Impromptu Horse Show & 1st Fair Photo Results

Well, where to begin?  It’s just busy busy busy and even though I’m not (really) showing horses this year, and somehow my driving hours have tanked dramatically, I’m still running around like crazy and exhausted.

Seriously, usually by now, I have about 80 driving hours, and I will end the year with around 130 total.  This year, I have just barely over 50 driving hours, and I won’t even hit 80 before the year is out.  I guess that’s in part because I’m just not working the horses as hard since they aren’t showing.  I also think that they are all a little “too broke” if that’s possible.  At least, they’ve hit the point (or I have hit the point with them) where I can’t teach them anymore, but I just don’t know any more to teach them, so we just practice what we know, and I just don’t think they need as much work with that.  It’s been a very disappointing year in that I haven’t traveled anywhere with the horses, except for the one trail back in May, and I managed to get Jesse out to a show Sunday.
I really think Luke & Chewie could use a change of pace & scenery, because our trails and our roads have been so well traveled by them, I simply cannot provide them with anything new.

Anyway, part of my very busy summer included sending off photos to different fairs.  I got the results of one fair.  Another I should know Saturday and the last one, I won’t know until maybe the end of the month.

I received 2 1sts, 2 2nds, and 2 3rds in the local county fair.  6 ribbons out of 15 photos.  Wasn’t too bad.  I am actually a little disappointed, NOT in the ribbons I received, but just that I really question the judge’s decisions on some of the photos he did ribbon, in all categories.  I wasn’t there for the judging, so I don’t know, but apparently someone said the judge disqualified some images because he said they looked like they were professional photos.
Now, the fair is for amateurs only, so based on “the honor system”, it can be assumed that only amateurs are entering.  In addition, the photos are all anonymous.  The judge doesn’t see our names until after he’s awarded ribbons.   Some of the photos that were awarded ribbons were seriously questionable, and some of the ones that did not receive ribbons were also astounding.  There were some truly beautiful images there that got passed over, and apparently the ribbons were given to “lesser quality” images.?

Wait, isn’t it the point of an amateur to improve on their photography?  So over half of my images, I am left questioning why they were passed over… were they not good enough or were they too good?  I find the idea of them being “too good” hard to believe, but I do have serious questions about some of them.  One of my flower photos was raved about by a forum on FB full of professionals, and I thought for sure it would get a ribbon, and it did not.  TWO of the photos I entered just because I printed out extras, I thought were terrible… I didn’t even feel they should have been entered and I felt a little sick putting them up because they are so bad, and they both got ribbons.  In fact- they were BOTH my first place wins.

I find that this round of fair entries really left me scratching my head.  But none the less, I have been photographing away, already planning 2015’s entries.

On the last day of the fair, was a horse show with driving classes.  It’s one that I have never competed in, but Luke was in with my husband 6 years ago.  For a while after, they stopped holding driving classes due to low turn out.  Finally the driving classes returned and the fair is so close to the barn, I wanted to try to head over if I could.

The driving classes were the last of the day and based on how the show was running and what the show organizer told me, I thought if I got there by 3pm, that would be good.  I was anticipating that the driving classes would start between 5-6pm, and I was told earlier in the day that all the riding classes had strong turnout.

Apparently I wasn’t told that the classes were running smoothly to quickly!  We arrived at the showgrounds at 3:10 and the driving classes were in line waiting to start!  I got there when the class before the driving was just about finishing up.  You have never seen me run across a show grounds, register, run back, dress, and hitch so fast in my life!!!!!

I had about 8 minutes in total to sign up for classes, hitch and get into the ring.  We did not place in the first class, which I suspect had something to do with Jesse getting sassy during the line up and not wanting to stand.

The second class was a pleasure class and Jesse earned a 3rd out of 7.  After that was a fun and short cones class, and unfortunately, we went off course a bit, because Jesse attempted to dive around the outside of a cone instead of going through the cones, and we ran the cone over and dragged it with us for a while.  We got eliminated for that one.  Bummer.

But it was fun and I was glad to get out and show.  First time in a year that I’ve been in a show ring.

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I may have slightly better photos on the Nikon, which I gave to my husband.  I didn’t have time to set it up for him to use, though, and I have not yet had time to go through them and see if any of them came out.

Till next time!  Enjoy the day!

 

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More Photos

I have been as busy as busy can get recently, with back to back to back to back events, working all day and working horses at night.

Luke, Chewbacca, and Jesse are working hard or hardly working, lol.  They are doing wonderfully.

Chewie & Luke have nothing in the plans for the near future.   There *is* a small fun show I would like to take Chewie to, for a good experience with some different classes like cones, driving poles & barrels, and a few others, but I’m not sure I’m going to attend.
Jesse may have a show in less than a week.  So far, it seems like it’s on the books, but the classes are the last of the day, so time and of course weather, will be relevant factors.  I can’t show at 8pm and then expect to get up for work the next morning!  Because of course the show is Sunday. I DO want to go, so we’ll see.

Luke has an appointment at the vet tomorrow for a bit of a work up.  More on that later.

In the mean time, I went out and stretched my camera’s muscles, and put my new 500mm lens to work!  I got very lucky catching a couple of shots of some interesting animals!

Friday night I went out to a local state park that really is a favorite place of mine to go.  I would love to try camping out there overnight sometime.
Many times when I go, I am disappointed that I see very little in the way of animals, but Friday night was wonderful seeing all kinds of new critters that I have not seen at the park before.  In fact, one of them, I’ve never seen in my life!

Driving around, we spotted a gaggle of geese, and not far from them, something didn’t look quite right:

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Holy cow!  A pheasant… just walking along the road doing his thing!  Yay!

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We pulled into a parking area and noticed a little critter rooting around in the grass.  Is it a chipmunk we wondered?  A ground hog?  A weird bunny with missing ears?
I had never seen a creature such as this little guy.  I was very happy to be able to get within a good distance (about 30 feet or so) and get some photos of him at 500mm.

Afterwards, I checked out Google and found that this critter is called a Thirteen Lined Ground Squirrel.  How about that?  A new one for me, for sure!

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Standard issue rabbit.

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Also got about 40 feet or so away from an egret  before I spooked him and he flew off.  Still got some nice pictures.

 

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Just a couple photos to share from the Grand Prix jumper event.   I love going to at least one of these a year.  This particular facility hosts 2, each a week apart.  The last week of July and into the 3rd week of August there are fairs running back to back on top of each other, and I’m going to try to attend at least 2.  Somehow I doubt I can make it to all 4, but I am going to try to do some photos and maybe  you will see a cow or two pop up.

On the way out of the showgrounds, I found a swallowtail in the horse path, sucking water, I assume, from the wet sand.

Such a pretty thing!

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Have a great day and stick around for more updates!

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Massive Photo Overload

OK… I advise you to sit down.  Well, OK, you probably are.

I have definitely been checking off things on my list of goals to accomplish this year, and although some of them failed, like Andy, for the most part, I’d go so far as to say I’m doing pretty darned well this year with doing all the things I had wanted to do, saving for the things I want to save for, and I am definitely getting in the practice photography in overwhelming heaps and loads.

It seems like everything happens all at once, and this weekend was one of the busiest weekends of the year, with back-to-back-to-back events.  In the week before, I did some general practice photograph with my macro attachments, and I got a new lens.

This update is going to be long and picture heavy, so let me start back at the ‘ginning.

With Andy having been sent back to his selling party, I was very disappointed.  Although I do feel like I can train another pony to drive, and I am sad to see Andy gone, as he had a lot of good qualities, I did have to make the decisions I feel best for me, and I stand by my choices.  Although I had hoped to train him, sell him, and use that sale to help fund my truck, I ended up instead taking what I had left and buying a new lens, (which totally blew my truck fund to smithereens, but I remain undeterred mind you).

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I wanted something with a longer reach for photographing wildlife…  so meet my all new Sigma 150-500mm 5-6.3 lens.  It’s not a “high end” lens, it’s just longer, and the price was a lot bigger, too, lol!

 

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Both of these shots were the first day I went out with the lens, and both were taken at 500mm.

In comparison,

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This photo was of the same black bird, in the same location, with my 300mm lens, from about the same distance.

I still need to spend more quality time with my new lens, but I did just get it not long after the holiday.

Also not long after the holiday, I got up close and personal with a Falcon, and no, it wasn’t at the zoo.

In fact, on my way home from the barn, which I happened to leave a little early that evening because I did not drive all 3 horses.  Poor Jesse, he keeps getting skimmed over.  How odd that I don’t drive the 3 I have all in one night, yet I want a 4th to train, right? LOL!

Anyway, on the way home, I noticed a large raptor on the side of the road. I couldn’t tell as I drove by, if it was a hawk or what, but it was rather odd that it was just standing there on the shoulder and not moving, so I pulled over and investigated.  When I walked up to it and it didn’t flinch, I realized it was injured.  Badly.  So I went back to the Jeep, grabbed a spare T-shirt I just happened to have, and..

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… because what else do you do when you find a falcon on the side of the road?  Catch it and bring it home (under a T-shirt, and stick it in a cat carrier).  I called a local bird rehab facility and brought it over there.  They identified the falcon as a large adult female Cooper falcon and it was severely injured.  It had exposed bones in its wing, a broke beak, and it’s right eye was bleeding.  I sure hope it lived, but it was definitely in deep shock and critical condition when I took her to them.

Not even a full week later, I was out driving Jesse along that same stretch of road and had an interesting encounter with a none-too-happy snapping turtle in the middle of the road.  Just picture me, using my driving whip, trying to “herd” the mean turtle that’s trying to rip the whip out of my hand, while holding Jesse, in the middle of the street.  Thank goodness there was no traffic at all that morning, but what an adventure that was.  I did manage to get Mr. Mean Turtle off to the reeds along the shoulder.  Turtles do not herd.

That weekend and all of last week zipped by all too quickly for my taste, but it led me to this weekend, and all kind of photographic adventures.

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This I took in my garden with my macro attachment.  I need more practice with that macro lens, too, but I need to find suitable small things to take!

Then, the next evening, I went to a fair and rodeo about an hour away and had a blast….

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There was a show there featuring a trick performing lion, white Bengal tiger, and a liger.  Lovely cats!  I love big cats.  It would be a dream of mine to handle or even work with big cats.

As the evening rolled on, the rodeo began, and it presented a whole new type of photographic challenge.

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Fun times!  It was extremely difficult getting the photos to come out at that time of night, with action, and very little ambient light.  It was the first time I’ve ever had to bump my ISO up as far as it would go.  What a challenge!

After the rodeo, I spent some time taking photos of the fair rides, and playing with long exposures!  I LOVED practicing on the bright neon lights of the rides – certainly not often that I get a chance like that either!

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The following morning, I really wanted to get out and see some Grand Prix level dressage at a show venue about an hour away as well.  Yes, I did a whole lot of driving this weekend.

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Dressage is just lovely, and dressage horses are truly amazing.  Especially at the Grand Prix level.   Really it was a wonderful treat on a beautiful day to go out and take these photos.  And then, I headed to the barn and drove Chewbacca and Luke.

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(before)                                                             (after)

Here’s another little before and after shot comparison too.  Not long after I first got the camera (a gift from my dad for a birthday), which I think was maybe in 2007, I went out to that same facility and took some dressage show photos.

So, my “before” image was from then, and I was so thrilled with that head shot.  I thought it was the bestest greatest most awesome equine photo evah!  I proudly presented it to my photography club, posted it online, and even entered it into the County Fair that year.  I was saddened that it only won 4th place, and that the people in my photography club did not care for it.  I simply did not understand what the faults were that they were seeing in the image, telling me words like “dark”, “soft”,  “loss of detail”.

Well the “after” image is from Saturday’s show.  Slight improvement, yes?  And yet still, plenty of room for improvement at that.  I would like less shadowing under the horse’s eye, but it’s a crisper, brighter image the clarity is worlds apart.  I highly doubt it’s the same horse, but who knows.

And my photographic adventures do not end there!  Sunday morning I was up pre-dawn’s crack (that would be 4am) to drive 2+ hours to another driving event. I “enlisted” to volunteer, and had the camera handy too.

On the way up, I pulled over to the roadside to take this image across a cornfield

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Not one of the best images ever, but I do like it…. and the fact that I was conscious enough to take it at just after 5am is amazing.

Just a couple photos from the driving event to share…

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Fun times!

Next up will be a jumper Grand Prix next weekend, and possibly a horse show with Jesse at the County Fair… so stay tuned!

 

 

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How Not To Drive CDE

If you haven’t seen this, definitely take a look:

 

In other news, the horses are doing great.  Things will be very busy for me over the course of the next 3 weeks, and you should be seeing plenty of pictures as a result.  I have a rodeo and dressage show in the plans, and I’m volunteering at another CDE, but I won’t be in a position to take photos unfortunately, which is a bummer.

After that, there’s a couple fairs I want to attend, a jumper grand prix, a horse show or two myself possibly 1 with Jesse and maybe with either Chewie or Luke, and who knows what else all coming up in the next few weeks.  Wow!

Stay tuned!

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