Saturday, January 31, 2009

Not quite so deep.


This is not from as far back as the picture in my last post, but I do believe it is old enough to have been taken with my D1, or surely my D1H, latest. I am really enjoying the illustration/imaging/fine art part of my pictures these days. This is after years of living with Mr. Photoshop and being sure I'd never find that facility. There is ever more to learn and play with, but it is fun.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Deep in the archives


I got my first camera, a Kodak Instamatic with flipflash when I was something like seven. My first in demand picture was taken when I was ten (good timing is everything - keep that camera handy!). This is the first enlargement that I ever made of one of my images. It was taken when I was 12, I think. It was either on the Instamatic, or perhaps I had graduated to my Minolta 35mm point and shoot. This is Cracker Jack and her first foal. Can you guess her name? Toy Surprise, of course! They were at Camp Friendship in Palmyra, VA. The Riding Camp was run by Davera Ackenbom. I consider Davera my mentor still, and my good friend. She will be featured on equigraphic.com, as will many of her genius horses. Davera is a horse woman, through and through. National champion rider (side saddle hunter!!), trainer, teacher, breeder, and she knows her pups, too. She has a new farm this year. I hope I'll be able to point you to her site soon.

Monday, January 26, 2009

The latest


Last night my talented husband Lee Moyer helped me finish the final retouching on this image from the summer. I said that if a field was going to be overgrown with nutritionless weeds that I might as well put it to the one good use it had. I think it worked out nicely. Props to my girl E and High Pockets, too.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

I hear the train a comin'...


I am getting so close to the final pool for selecting the first images for equigraphic.com. I might even wake up tomorrow and decide that I am there. Then there is a modicum of retouching, the selection process, and handing it all off to my site builder. I can't wait. This is the fun part. I love it when I get to the point where cutting anything seems folly since I love it all so much. It makes me wish I had feathers to fluff.

On a whole different note, I have very much been enjoying the forums at The Art of Natural Dressage. It's inclusive approach and gentle practices suit me to a tee. I can't wait to get to practicing some of it with Belle. Who I saw this past weekend. And who I love so very madly.

Oh, this Belle and I. Thanks again to Jake at Blue Moon Camera here in Portland for permission to use this glorious photo.

OK, now off to shoot some music, The Knitters with John Doe and Exene of X.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Basic Exposure Recipe


As a photographer, I get questions people of all ages and interests about how to make better pictures. There are many angles from which one can work on their photography, but one of the most devilsome is understanding the basic variables of exposure - what they are, how they work together, and how they effect your options for image making at any given moment. The good people at Blue Moon Camera have made up a handy little exposure chart/recipe card that really explains the interplay of amount of light, ISO, aperture, and shutter speed.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Creative Quarterly, Issue 13



I just received my issues of Creative Quarterly 13 in which one of my favorite horse images received a silver award for photography. It is printed beautifully on a full page. Another silver award image is on the preceding page, also a horse image. Horses rule the day in silver!

Words about pictures about horses

A New Year, a New Blog. Welcome to equigraphic. Soon I will be happy to announce the opening of equigraphic.com. It will feature a collection of my images relating to horses, a personal and visual love that has run through my entire life. Looking back, I remember thinking about specializing in equine photography early in my development as a professional photographer. I thought, "I can't do that! That's not possible!" Well, what's that old saying? Something like, "There is nothing on heaven or earth but thinking makes it so." My love of horses and ongoing involvement with them has lead me to photograph them all through my career. My knowledge of them and photography means that there are many good ones. It is time to jump into that specialty.

I am working furiously on all the images for the first iteration of equigraphic.com. There will be galleries of horses at liberty, at work, solo portraits, portraits with people, horse places, fine art, and a section of other animals, too. It has been a joy to get into my archives and find shots from many states and featuring many wonderful horses and people. Some subjects I know personally, other I know only through my camera fleetingly. But each image fills me with a warmth that declares each time, "You are meant to do this."

Please let me know what you might like to see from this blog. Photography tips/explorations? Links to other artists I admire and/or discover? Horse photography tips in particular? Stories of horses I have known? Links to other kinds of horse knowledge? Tell me your ideas!