Thursday, February 26, 2009

Sunday Stills Challenge - Motion

The first Sunday Stills challenge that I am taking is In Motion. "This can be anything that conveys motion." Since the weather around here is horrible this week and I can't really think of any indoor action shots that wouldn't suck, I decided to cheat just a little bit and go back to some older pictures.

This challenge also happens to coincide with a blog that's been percolating in my head since I took these pictures a month and a half ago. It has everything to do with motion and these pictures definately "convey motion"!

First off though, this is my "official entry" for the Sunday Stills Challenge: In Motion...




This was a beautiful, sunny day in January that we pulled the horses blankets and turned our two mares out together to romp and have some fun. This is Sugar and she was not waiting so patiently for her turn. This was about a half a second after her halter was off. Brat. There are a ton more motion shots here, where I originally blogged about that day. I was shooting on the continuous action shot mode. I did make a few minor adjustments in the color and exposure with my Windows Photo Gallery program to perk it up a little bit. Unfortunately, it does not edit out the obnoxious white electric tape fence.

When I was going thru all of the pictures from that day I noticed something interesting. I had to really pick thru the pictures of Sugar to find ones where she didn't look like she was about to fall over or like a complete retard. She just wasn't that graceful looking. Midori, on the other hand, was totally photogenic and I was hard pressed to find a bad action shot of her. Atleast one that was her fault or caught her in a bad position. There were some bad ones, but I was still getting used to my new camera and the bad ones of Midori were mostly my fault.

It is funny looking at it though.


First up, lets look at their roll. It's pretty much the first thing they do when they get out there.




















Midori is on the top and this was the goofiest pic of her in the bunch. She is right in the middle of flipping sides so her back is arched and there is a lot of effort going into the roll. She still looks pretty coordinated though. The second pic is Sugar. This was a pretty typical picture of her rolling. Her legs are going every where and I've never seen her roll from one side to the other so all that effort is just going into getting mud on every single square inch of her.


Next up, the running.
















Above is Midori running. Perfectly horsie and graceful. Below is Sug running. Perfectly...not horsie or graceful. I don't even know what is going on in the first picture. The last two I was waiting for the nose dive and flip, but somehow she caught herself and kept on going. No idea how she managed that. (Not sure why, but when the sun was bright in the picture it would show streaks, still need to do some research on the new camera to get that to stop, so just ignore the crappy quality of the shot and pay attention to how funny Sug looks!)





























And last, their "bucks". I use the quote marks because they are pretty pathetic bucks. Not that I'm complaining.











Above is Midori's "buck". It's decent, coordinated. Spunky, but controlled. In the pic to the right Sug is the red head on the left and that is her "buck", if you can even call it that. I think the tail gives it away. There was obviously some effort, though she just looks gangly and awkward.

It really made me think looking thru those pictures and noticing just how different those girls really move. I wonder why they are so different also. I suppose it could be their age. Midori is coming 7-ish (she's not registered) and Sug is going to be 4 this year. They both look and move great under saddle. Sugar has never struck me as uncoordinated under saddle, just a little baby-ish at times.

The boyfriend says it's because of him, that she's a reflection of him, just like Midori is a reflection of me. lol I'm not sure that's entirely true in this particular case, but I think I'm going to go with it anyways.

So there's my pics of motion. I'm anxious to see what the next challenge is and hopefully I'll be able to actually challenge myself to take some new pics! :-)

14 comments:

The Wife said...

Those horses are packed full of motion! Great job.

CTG Ponies said...

Mine did that too when we turned them out in the ring where the footing was good. Great shots1

MariesImages said...

Great action shots....lots of motion!!
MArie

Pete said...

Love the first one of her rolling around. Looks like she got that itch.

J9 said...

I love the "bucking" shots and I think they are both beautiful!

Caffienated Cowgirl said...

I love the first photo...such attitude :)

Jen Mo said...

Great shots! They look like they are having a great time!

Andrea said...

Wonderful shots...I haven't seen ones of horses rolling before. :)

Lacey Jo said...

I love seeing horses in action. Great pics!

VioletSky said...

I've never seen horses rolling before. This was educational as well as entertaining!

Far Side of Fifty said...

You capture lots of motion! :)

Rising Rainbow said...

Ya just gotta love rolling horses! LOL

Patches said...

WOW! Thanks guys! That was fun!

The next challenge, Self Portrait, is going to be interesting. I've thus far tried to do the no face shots things on my blog, so I may have to get a little creative. :) I've got all sorts of ideas running thru my head already!

And Caffienated Cowgirl...Attitude is right! She's certainly got plenty of it! lol

Oz Girl said...

Great horsey motion shots! It seems that on the days I take my camera with me when I feed ours, they won't oblige me ... on other days, our paint horse in particular runs beautifully, with his ears perked, his neck and tail arched, with mane and tail flowing... one of these days I'll catch him with a photo! :)