Another neat shot of a couple of stallions from the Onaqui Mountains Wild Horse Herd Management Area. Same ones from the post a few days ago, but a different look and different light. Shot on the shortest day of 2020. Those scars are really something.
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 email@example.com to discuss sizes and prices.
Here’s a neat pic of two stallions from the Onaqui Mountains Wild Horse Herd Management Area. Note the scars on both of them. They really do fight a lot…and sometimes do some real damage. There’s one guy who is missing an ear completely. And not long ago I saw one with a chunk of flesh about the size of my fist missing from his shoulder. That said – and other than that – they look remarkably healthy and hearty.
I chose the title of this pic because it has been really popular in Colorado. I think it might have something to do with the colors??
I first printed it on 16 x 24 metal. And when I started messing around with the barnwood frames, I tossed one that size into a frame. Wow… It really seemed to finish the piece. So for this one, I’d suggest a 15 x 23 on 1/8″ acrylic in a handmade barnwood frame ($245). Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to order – or to discuss other sizes/options. Neat shot.
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.