A Horse never lies about love …

The horse is God’s gift to mankind.  ~Persian Proverb

First time on a horse , I was 11  !  A true major highlight of my life ! Prior to the Real Deal , I had joy rides simply on Vacations !  I was not into Bicycles , I loved skateboards but I had a massive love for all animals , I mean all ! So riding a horse was the closest thought I could  imagine  myself travelling far lands and exploring the roads unknown as a kid .  I insisted to ride and my parents had hesitations since both knew how severe were my allergies to horses ! It was indeed the only dilemma and to this day it still is  my most severe allergy . I kept insisting and both finally gave up !   I enrolled as one of the youngest riders at The Royal Stable and the rest is history .

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My first horse was a full-blown Arabian , long-head shape and high tail carriage !  And my lessons were English and Dressage…I got a few trophies here and there but my main attention became the Horse ! Just being with The horse ! There was a bond ! Not right away since horses are doubtful creatures and they do test do ! But when you bond with a horse , something magical happens ..Something truly out of this world ..

I wanted to have a horse of my own and tired of competing I wanted a cart Horse-Pony ! This day they are known as Caspian Horses . I got my Pony and not only I rode her but she became mainly my sweet little companion during the week ..The sneezes and the red /itchy eye still never moved away ..but I tolerated ! Love does magic things to us..

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Horses are the topic of many myths and legends. Horses in all cultures do tell a story of  their courage , loyalty and freedom  .

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The horse is an extent of the wild horse .. Humans began to domesticate horses around 4000 BC. Depending on breed and environment, the modern domestic horse has a life expectancy of 20 to 30 years. There are different terminology used to describe horses of various ages such as Foal , Colt , Filly , Gelding , Stallion , Mare..if I want to describe all about horses I would have to write a book ..and I only know so little even after all these years ..But one thing I can assure you..When you ride a horse as fast as the horse can run , the sensation is something out of this world !

I feel like Pocahontas , yes , thats how I feel on a horse ! I feel like a true free Warior , as funny as all may sound !

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In search of my love in my new home , I looked for horses and it was in The West of United States I ran to my first Wild Horses..

At Sunset , against an orange sky with haze of Blue shades , it appeared ..It was that moment , that real gem that reached me and nailed my soul so deep ..I had hair sticking out , an indelible impression indeed  .

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There is an Art thats goes into riding and that is truly of keeping a horse between you and the ground.

There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man .  No hour of life is wasted that is spent in the saddle.  ~Winston Churchill

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When I bestride him, I soar, I am a hawk: he trots the air; the earth sings when he touches it; the basest horn of his hoof is more musical than the pipe of Hermes.  ~William Shakespeare, Henry V

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He’s of the colour of the nutmeg.  And of the heat of the ginger…. he is pure air and fire; and the dull elements of earth and water never appear in him, but only in patient stillness while his rider mounts him; he is indeed a horse, and all other jades you may call beasts.

My last Horse , Hanalei

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I have photographed horses for many years ,  over 1000s of images but this video shows a horse never lies about love ..Sweet as Honey :

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Light , ” Truth or Consequences” !

I BEG YOU TO PLEASE PLAY THIS TUNE WITH THE IMAGES!

What is Light?

Light is simply a name for a range of electromagnetic radiation that can be detected by the human eye. What is electromagnetic radiation, then?

Who cares !

Okay, I’m being sarcastic because photography is very Technical and all photographers need to have a better understanding of light before they click the Shutter!  So it is very important to learn lighting as one of the most important Technical aspects of photography ..Otherwise don’t go there please and just click and click !

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Lets see  , lights are all over . In photography we call them Front light , side light , back light..

To get more Technical the wave of light  has amplitude, which is the brightness of the light, wavelength, which is the color  of the light, and an angle at which it is vibrating, called polarization .Should I get more Technical to explain quantum Theory . In terms of the modern quantum theory, electromagnetic radiation consists of particles called photons, which are packets (“quanta”) of energy which move at the speed of light. In this particle view of light, the brightness of the light is the number of photons, the color of the light is the energy contained in each photon, and four numbers (X, Y, Z and T) are the polarization.

Then comes the frequency and also temperature ( yeah . your Kelvin meter )..But I wont go further..

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This is about how I see light !  The light around and the light within , dig?

The light is alive ,  all through out the day right into the evening and after.. what THE light as what Ben Sweetland once said is immensely important in all genre of Arts  : “ We cannot hold a torch to light another’s path without brightening our own.”  

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Our eyes are simply an instrument , but in reality light can be seen if one starts seeing the light within , the only way a good Photographer can create externally a great image !

As a photographer before I pick up my camera I seize the light..I need it ..I need to feel it first before seeing it ..I need to touch it with my eyes , closed ! I need to see where I want it to shine in my mind’s eye ! And if not there at the moment that I want  , well , I wont shoot ! ( Unless I have no choice and later I will fuss like mad) . When the light is not there it feels like I have been spreading it with a candle on a Mirror..So I feel I’m doing injustice to my subject ! Indeed at times it comes with bad Consequences !  A good picture does not need much manipulation if true to its lighting !

I also like  to reach in Deep in my layers to see light..Because personally for someone with Synesthesia everything , even numbers come with light and colors , right away  !  Every object to me is alive and since I see its light right away , I need to step back and give it more thoughts ! Then again , in order to understand  me , everything is colorful and comes with some source of light including notes , numbers …

” A synesthetic photographer who waits until she gets a synesthetic response from what she sees, and then takes the picture!  all  described in detail how they use their synesthesia to create their artworks. They demonstrate the complex interplay between personal experience and artistic creation.”

Remember these are simply my preferences of choosing light . But I think they do work in my case ! Seeing the Light as alive  ! Give it a try..it breathes !

It is perhaps one of the very reason , I actually dont shoot Raw !  and almost never turn the image to Black and White in photoshop ,since I see it right away in B&W and shoot it as B&W!

“A sensible man will remember that the eyes may be confused in two ways – by a change from light to darkness or from darkness to light; and he will recognize that the same thing happens to the soul.” Plato

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Talking about Truth or Consequences ..well there is a small Desert town I sneak into almost every year . It was named after an American television show originally hosted by Ralph Edwards .  A true little Desert town and what comes with it ! The lovely outdoor wonderland near the Rio Grande , Gila Forest , the most Fantastic mineral baths and The very Colorful people I have come to  know . The lighting is alive and colorful .

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All images of this Blog are the bliss of  T or C , as we call it !

This is good site if you wish to learn about light , The simple way not my way!

http://www.cambridgeincolour.com/tutorials/natural-light-photography.htm