Week 36 – #12 – Hair It Is

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 In Myakka City, FL there are some of the most beautiful horses.  The Herrmanns’ Royal Lipizzan Stallions have their home here.  During the off season, they rest and train here in the warmth of Florida.   Starting in May they will begin their touring of the United States and Canada doing shows. I joined with the Lakewood Ranch Digital Photography Club on their excursion to visit.

Founded in the 16th century for the exclusive use of the Hapsburg Royal family of Austria, the Royal Lipizzans are the rarest, most aristocratic breed of horses in the world. The pride of the Hapsburg Empire, the Lipizzan breed was first established by Archduke Charles at Lipizza (now part of Yugoslavia).  The bred was rescued by Colonel Herrmann and his father, Colonel Ottomar Herrmann, Sr., smuggled the horses out from far behind enemy lines with the help of George Patton in World War II saving the breed.

I remember hearing about these horses when I grew up, though I do not remember seeing them except on TV.

Check them out – http://www.hlipizzans.com/index.htm

Now looking at the beautiful horse above you see the mane  which I am using for the Hair theme – and here is why……

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I rest my case – for Hair it is!   Schönsten!

Week 24 – #11 Golden Mean

11 Golden Mean-2I struggled with what to do for the theme Golden Mean.  The more I read, the more I did not want to do the easy – the spiral staircase, or shell.  Yes, that does demonstrate the ratio, but it would not teach me anything.  So I am going to take a stab at putting the effort into learning just how to use this properly in every day photography.   I not going to go into the math involved in getting the right angles, you can find all that on the internet.  What I will do (badly I will say – so forgive me for this) is to draw the golden spiral on top of this photo so you can see how the ratio is used to draw the viewer up to the horse’s eye.
For those of you who use Adobe Lightroom, under Tools, the Crop Guide Overlay, you can select the Golden Spiral as one of the options to help you crop the photo to maximize the use of the Golden Mean.  I had already cropped this photo to this size and then when I found this option, I turned it on.  I flipped the photo and low and behold the horse’s eye fell right in the end of the spiral curl.  Other examples would be to use this to place people in the appropriate position in a landscape scene.  This is slightly different that just using the rule of thirds.
Hope this helps you to see the golden spiral.

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Week 18 – #3 An Expression of Love

3 An Expression of Love 3 An Expression of Love-2 3 An Expression of Love-3The Manatee Horse Show has a number of talented young horse people.  Yes, I called them young, and they are not all kids.  They show expressions of love towards their horses and I could fill a year with all of those photos.  The shows are held the first Sunday of the month at the Manatee Equestrian Center on Lena Rd.  Here are just three from this year’s shows.  It is so refreshing to see these young people taking the time to get know their horses and how to work with them with care and love.  The lessons learned in dedication to this sport, the empathy towards their animals and each other, carries over into the rest of their lives.

Week 23 – #A6 Looking Down

I kept thinking I would do a lighthouse or stand on a bridge or something like that, but of course, with all the running around I have yet to do either of those.  Then I thought of this horse from  the Manatee Horse Show.  Every time I saw this horse it had its head down.  The only picture I was able to get of it, with its head up was during the judging when the rider held the reins up and tight.  I decided to use that shot as the background to the photo I took of the rider on her horse during the ride.  Such a pretty animal, but I never got a photo with her riding and its head being up.

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