This might not be art…but it sure is a compelling portrait. This is a palomino stallion from the Onaqui Mountains Herd. Check out his blue eye. I know this one and he’s really earned his scars. He’s pretty bellicose and seems to enjoy fighting with the other stallions. He is an instigator.
He was kind of posing for me and posturing when I shot it this. It’s a full frame shot at 225mm – so I was pretty close. His lip is curled not because he’s showing off, but because he’s processing smell (of all things). Seems the stallions are pretty sensitive to the pheromones in the air ;). Imagine that.
Anyway, this is a great shot of this guy. And really captures his personality. And it can be art if you want it to be.
Get this one as large as you dare…as long as it’s in a 2:3 ratio. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss sizes and prices.
I’ve had a lot of fun this year photographing wild horses. Mustangs. Apparently they’re to be called “feral horses” now which I see as a precursor to getting them off the range. Words matter. That digression aside, I usually shoot the Onaqui herd in western central Utah. (For reference, the Juab/Tooele county line on the Pony Express Trail is a good place to start looking for that herd.) Recently I took a trip to see the herd on Pilot Butte near Green River, Wyoming. And this shot came from the four-corners area on the Navajo Reservation.
It’s a family unit. And apart from being pretty compelling in the composition and the focus, one of the things that jumps out at me is that the foal obviously belongs to the mother. The shadows and light kind of highlight the shape of their heads (cranial morphology). And the little one’s is just about identical to mom. And that’s pop there in the background. He was being pretty protective of his band, but I was glad to get him in this shot.
Four Corners Three
I have this one in the gallery on a 30 x 40 x 1/4″ acrylic (with a French cleat for hanging) for $875. It’s a pretty powerful piece. It also crops well to a 2:3 ratio, so it can be 16×24, 20×30, 24×36, 40×60, etc. There’s enough image there to BOOM a 40×60 print. Look forward to seeing it that big someday. Already wishing for more wall space…
If you’re interested in getting this one – from an 8×10 matted print ($30) to that big 40×60 BOOM ($2175 – on metal), send me an email at email@example.com. And, of course, please come in and have a look at it yourself. A quick peek on the phone just doesn’t do this one justice.